I’m pleased to report that my weekly Video Verdict column was picked up this week by two additional newspapers: The Lansing State Journal (Lansing, MI) and Florida Today (Brevard and Melbourne counties in Florida). So, if you live in those areas, you will now be able to find my DVD reviews in print each week.
Thanks to my friends at both papers for adding the column. If you live outside the markets that carry the column in print, you can always find it right here at ForrestHartman.com. Also, I’m continually looking to add new outlets, so if you’d like to see me in your favorite paper, give management a call and send them to this Web site.
Aaron Eckhart in "The Dark Knight."
Question: About a week and a half ago, you reviewed “The Dark Knight” DVD release and gave it its deserved due. But you, as everybody has, elevated Heath Ledger to acting-sainthood, while the performance that I found most fascinating in the film has been mostly ignored by all media. Of course, I’m referring to Aaron Eckhart’s turn as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, perhaps the most tragic figure ever in the Batman Rogues Gallery.
In the course of the film, while the Joker appears already fully formed, Dent gets to transform. I never once connected with the Joker, while Two-Face stirred my feelings up for weeks after I witnessed Eckhart’s performance. If you ask an actor or an acting teacher what makes a good performance, they will usually tell you that the broader emotional arc a character has to pursue makes for a more remarkable experience. The Joker makes virtually no emotional journey during “The Dark Knight,” while Two-Face goes almost literally from Heaven to Hell. Where is the press for Eckhart?
Answer: You just succeeded in creating at least a little press, so I hope Eckhart appreciates your efforts.
As for your question …
Click here to read full column: http://www.rgj.com/article/20081226/COL14/812260363/1117/ENT