Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Associated Press

Dark Knight too dark for the very young

HEATH Ledger's performance in the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, is causing a lot of hype, but some critics are concerned the psychological thriller is unsuitable for children.

The film, rated M, which is recommended for mature audiences by the Australian Government Classification Board, indicates the film's content is moderate in impact. While an M-rated film is not recommended for children under the age of 15, anyone is allowed to enter the movie theatre to watch the film.

Lismore fans came out in force for the first screening of the flick yesterday morning.

School friends Chelsea McGory and Brooke Rogers really enjoyed the film, even though it was a little scary at times.

“There were a few jumpy scenes and I was crying at one stage,” 15-year-old Chelsea said.

“But it was one of the best movies I have seen for a while.”

Brooke, 14, said she wouldn't have nightmares from seeing the movie, but agreed that young children shouldn't watch it.

“There were a lot of people in the cinema, but I didn't see any kids under the age of about 13,” she said.

“I wouldn't recommend this movie for really young kids.”

Alstonville fan Jason Bryant also said the film was too dark for younger children.

“It's not really like the other Batman films, which were a lot more light-hearted,” he said.

“This movie, especially with Two-Face, is not suitable for a younger audience.

“I won't spoil the movie, but it was a little disturbing. But it was a good movie - I loved it.”

Maddi Ivers and Todd Sawtell, both of Lismore, said the movie was okay for teenagers to watch.

“I'm 15 and my brother is younger than me and he saw it and he loved it,” Maddi said.

“I suppose it just depends on the kid.”

“It might be a bit gruesome when the guy gets his face burnt off, but it's all part of the movie,” Todd said.

“I've seen worse.”



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