I don't think I could write a review as good as this one from Roger Ebert. But he puts in spoilers, I do not. I think a good reviewer makes you want to see the movie, does not grandstand, and relies on the trust of his readers that he has made good decisions in the past, and that you should see the movie in question, or not waste your money. I simply do not go see certain kinds of movies, and freely admit I am not qualified to review them. 'Sophie's Choice' and 'The English Patient' come to mind.
That being said, my only regret about 'The Dark Knight' is that I cannot afford to go see it again. And again. And again. It comes perilously close to knocking out 'Hellboy 2' from my Favorite Movie of the Year spot, but H2 has so much magic and wonder woven through it, it is still on top. But still, Batman comes very close. Very, very close.
A very dark movie, I would not take a child of mine under 17 to see it. For the very first time, I truly regret the death of that 'Brokeback Faggot' Heath Ledger's death. I can't imagine who they will find to play The Joker in subsequent films. His was a bravura performance, and while I put no stock in Oscars, he will win one, posthumously. And set the standard for all screen villains to try to reach in the future.
Michael Caine should win one, as well.
This movie was so well written, it nearly made me weep with jealousy. I lost track of the plot twists in the first 30 minutes, and just laid back and enjoyed it. It is not often I jump in my seat, and say to myself 'Whoa! Didn't see that one coming!' I bet I did that a hundred times yesterday.
And I know the Batman Universe inside and out. I have read the comics all of my literate life.
If you do not go by yourself to a matinée and see this movie, part of your soul will die, and you will be incomplete as a human being.