Re: The TDKR General Discussion Thread - - - - - - - - - - - - - Part 14
A lot of it was Ledger, but some of it was that the writing was simply better. Look at all the classic lines in TDK. All the powerful moments, held together by a story with a natural flow to it. TDKR by comparison is clunky, disjointed, rushed, and some of its better moments are simply riffs on the Begins and TDK stuff that went before. Great actors / characters like Gary Oldman are largely sidelined so that boring portrayals of boring characters can have screentime.
The leap from BB to TDK wasn't that huge. BB is a fantastic film in its own right, and I go back and forth every other day over whether I like it or TDK more. I never have that problem with TDKR though - it is firmly in third place.