We went to see The Dark Knight over the weekend and, I must say, it was a really good movie. I would almost go as far as saying it was the best Batman movie. But, for me, the best performance by far was of the Joker.
I've always loved Heath Ledger, so I was anxious to see his part in The Dark Knight. Wow! His performance was exceptional. Disturbing. Fascinating. Even humorous, at times. But what made it so good is you never see him out of make up. There is one scene where the make up is a little runny and smudged off a bit, but you can really never get passed enough to see Heath Ledger.
The good thing about this (for the movie) is it makes it easy to get into the movie without being crushed with the reality of the death of this actor. It helps to make it ok to enjoy the movie. You are taken in by his ability to be a believeable sociopathic lunatic.
If you want to remember Heath Ledger go rent A Knight's Tale. If you want to see his acting ability, go see The Dark Knight.