Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Dark Knight’s Beginning and End

We’re not the religious type of moviegoers. In fact, we often get to see a particularly interesting movie a few months after it has been officially released. That has been true for the Batman movie trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. After watching Batman Begins we were intrigued by the themes shown in the film thus we opted to watch the next two ones to see a wider view of the Dark Knight’s storyline.

What makes the Chris Nolan films lasting at least in our minds is that they keep the character of Batman grounded on humanity. In the first film we see the beginnings of Batman, this symbol’s (yes, I prefer to call it a symbol) motivations, and strengths and occasional weaknesses. I particularly enjoyed going over the concept of fear as introduced in the film and how it was set to be destroyed in fulfilling a particular goal (or in the film, in fulfilling Bruce Wayne’s goal).

The Dark Knight (the second film) lays down a wide, if not open, definition of madness. The Joker is perhaps the most difficult character Batman has faced in the trilogy for he had a well-grounded view of the people, of the government, and the ‘chaos’ that goes with the existence of these two. Unfortunately, the Joker has anointed his views with a corrupted sense of what people can do thereby making a would-be hero into a complete maniac like himself (recall Harvey Dent).

The last installment to the trilogy, although geared to wrap up the events in this Batman storyline, carries its own set of themes. I saw here how vengeance can be warped into a form so distorted that one tends (as in the case of Bane) to cover it with quasi-logical arguments for justification. Bane claimed that he was an agent of change for Gotham but in fact oversaw the near-fall of the city.

There are so many sub-themes actually seen in the films and it would foolish to attempt to describe them all here thereby robbing the film of its own worth. To a large extent, the Batman storyline here is almost a novel already. As I always say, see the materials itself to get your own views. See the films and relive Batman in a very different manner.

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