I love how true to the theme of the entire film Ledger’s Joker and the motivation behind him were. Because the motivation could never really be quantified, and that’s what makes it so memorable and terrifying.
Whereas Batman Begins’ central thematic obstacle is fear and The Dark Knight Rises deals with pain, this movie is all about chaos - throwing a wrench into the machine and watching it fall to its knees, not because you’re oppressed by the machine, not because you are morally opposed to the machine, but because destroying the machine is a thing that you have the ability to do, so why not do it?
The Joker wouldn’t be nearly as unsettling or effective if he was humanized with a backstory, so he is introduced as an anomaly, a singularity collapse of reason, and he stays that way so you understand just how little you can be sure of about what he’s doing. Because what you’re in the dark about is so much scarier.
Oh my god fucking ignore me I just really like this movie
I haven’t seen Rises yet, but I liked The Dark Knight far better than Begins for this very reason
What I really like is that Joker utilizes classic game theory designs in every single scheme he sets up. They’re numerous scenarios where either everyone has to be completely selfless or everything falls apart. Even the opening scene is just a variation on The Pirate Game.
It’s just a guy who wants to play games on everyone to see if the ideal scenario will ever come out, which he knows it invariably won’t without dismantling the game in entirety.