“The Dark Knight” is indeed very dark. This is most likely the darkest and most violent “Batman” movie yet. There are some graphic scenes including a man’s burned face on screen; and the stitching up of a flesh wound, and many, many people killed throughout the film. There is comparatively little blood seen, but still it’s there from time to time.
To his credit, in his final film role, Heath Ledger steals the show from Batman as the irrepressible Joker. He is funny in his mannerisms, has some funny lines, is manic, and convinces you he could easily kill and believe in his mind he is totally justified in doing so. He also manages to produce a great laugh here and there in the film.
Unfortunately, due to the strong level of violence, in addition to very strong language, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie. “Journey to the Center of the Earth” in 3-D is a nice alternative option right now, or “Space Chimps”.