Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

I am very much aware of the recent events that occurred in Aurora, Colorado. However, there is a point that I would like to make concerning that tragedy and the central themes of the film as a whole.

We're going to start off with the basics, the film is really great. Not really good but really great. The screenwriters and Nolan really captured the tension, the atmosphere and the drama of the recent events that have occurred in the last 4 years in the United States and around the world.

The acting is nothing short of spectacular and Anne Hathaway is an amazing Catwoman. Her portrayal of the character is appropriate for this arc of the Batman Franchise and I can safely say that she is on the same level as Ertha Kitt and Michelle Pfeiffer in terms of portrayal.

Aside from Hathaway's performance, Michael Caine's performance was the best that I have seen from him in recent years and the viewer could easily sympathize with Alfred and feel his pain and frustration. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Caine got an Oscar Nod for this performance alone.

Another standout is Tom Hardy as Bane who really played the role in such a manner that was unexpected. Bane was seen as an anarchist revolutionary as opposed to the luchador wrestler in the comics and this was a nice change.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance was also wonderful and the film showed that he has range as an actor. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in another Nolan film or any other film with a prestigious director attached.

As for the central themes of the film, there are many interpretations that one could take away from it. I have a few that I took away from The Dark Knight Rises.

One of the recurring motifs in the film is the fear of failure. All of the characters (except for Bane) fear failure and they fear failing in Batman's case, Gotham City. Alfred is afraid of failing Bruce and the Wayne Family Legacy as Selina Kyle is also afraid of failing herself and her roommate. Bane is the only person that does not fear failure because he strongly believes that he will succeed with his plans and it is that belief that keeps him going.

Another parallel that I have noticed is how the events of the film and the ideas so closely represent the Occupy Movement and the Police State. The film shows the two extremes of both movements as it shows Bane and his revolution as the extreme of the Occupy Movement and the Harvey Dent Act and its repercussions as another extreme of the Police State and even the Patriot Act. Commissioner Gordon, Detective Blake and Batman are the ones that are needed to restore balance and neutrality. One of the most complicated things about Batman as a whole is that in this case, Bane has a good point, as does the passing of the Harvey Dent Act. However, when these ideas are taken to its extremes, it becomes chaos and a nightmare for the people involved. Each side has a good point but taken to its extreme and the idea that the ends justify the needs is when the central message gets muddled and lost into the chaos.

There is one more motif that I picked up on that maybe other film analysts and critics haven't picked up on is hope. Throughout the film, you hope that everything turns out and that everything turns out better. In the film it has been 8 years since the Harvey Dent Act was passed and Batman retired. However, when Officer Blake goes to visit the orphanage to talk to the father and the little boy, the little boy kept drawing the bat signal, asking the officer, "When is he coming back?"

It's apparent that Blake is also asking that question. The bat signal and the motif that lays throughout the film, is also asking the question "When is Batman coming back?"

The people in the film that were awaiting for his return where asking this question throughout this film. Gordon, Blake, Fox and even Kyle were all asking when he would return and where is he.

It is also that hope is needed for the recent tragedy that befell Colorado. The people of Aurora are hurting and its no question that the media is going to turn this into a sadistic circus for the next two weeks and then the rest of the country and perhaps the world may forget about that town. The problem is, the people of Colorado, the people of Aurora and the families and friends of the victims will never forget what happened. How can they? It's a cruel thing to ask of them. This moment, this tragedy will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

This is why I hate and despise the current state of Journalism.

If anything that this tragedy has taught me is that life is a fleeting moment and that it is precious. I have hope that Batman will come and save the day. But Batman also believes that everyone can be a hero.

We can all use a hero. That is why people believe in superheroes. And we need them now more than ever. Our world is a mess and it is chaotic right now. It would be nice to have the Avengers and the Justice League, among many others to make things right and bring balance again.

But in the end its up to us, but is a good thing to have hope and faith that everything will turn out better. The people in The Dark Knight Rises had hope that Batman would come back and save Gotham, but they also had faith that he would as well.

We all have and need heroes in our lives and not all of them wear masks, uniforms and capes.

I still believe in Superheroes and I still believe in Batman. I have hope and faith that everything will come back to its formal conclusion.

The people of Aurora, Colorado need the hope and faith. Sadly, they are not going to get it from the Media anytime soon.

-The Meta Fatale

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