I think we can agree that, although it is standing in for a wildly corrupt city overrun with violence, Chicago has never looked better on film than it does in "The Dark Knight."
It was a little bit a of a thrill to see the city digitally bestowed with a monorail in "Batman Begins," but it's downright adrenalizing to see it pure and unadulterated in "TDK." Thanks to Christopher Nolan's desire to bring more than a touch of authenticity to his comic-book movie, Gotham City looks and feels real for the first time -- even if everyone who lives around here knows it's not Gotham.
The following video makes me feel utterly worthless. I've been wasting the last few years of my life playing fake instruments with five buttons, and this woman is playing an entire orchestra with all four of her limbs.
Again, beware of "Dark Knight" spoilers.
• All right, I just couldn't wait until the weekend: I saw "The Dark Knight" for a third time this afternoon at the Regal Lincolnshire IMAX, and I must be a lone voice of dissent by saying it's not worth the extra cash to see it in the super-large format. The movie keeps leaping from widescreen to fullscreen to some aspect ratio in between, sometimes within the same scene. I found the whole thing to be annoying, quite honestly. That being said, Bruce's high-dive in Hong Kong is quite a sight on a 70-foot-tall screen -- it just didn't add $7 worth of entertainment to my ticket.