I went with a group of friends on Friday night and say the new Batman movie. We went to the 10pm showing and I was a bit tired from the start. Lucky for me the movie was enough to wake and keep just about anyone’s attention.
Going into the movie I was a bit skeptical. The massive expecations, the rave reviews, and the early Oscar buzz had me thinking that there was no way this movie could deliever on all the hype. I was wrong. Ledger was better than I thought he was going to be, and the story was riddled with complexities and deeper questions about terror, fear, and the innate desire in some to just do evil.
Though only part of the movie that I really had a hard time with was with the two boats that were faced with a moral dilemma of killing the other boat before they killed them. The Joker had bet this would be the defining piece of evidence in his thesis that people would generally seek self-preservation when faced with fear and death. Of course Batman delivers the cheesy line of something like, “the people of Gotham are to good for that.” And in an overly ideal conclusion; the Joker is proven wrong about the nature of Gotham’s citizens. I just could not buy it. It was too neat and clean. Especially considering that a mob of people had showed up at a news studio, a few scenes before, to shoot a guy that was going to divulge the identity of Batman.
This is really a fundemantal weakness of all big blockbuster movies; they are unable to deviate to far off the PC nature and view of humanity and society.
This really is a minor critique, because most of us go to movies like this to be enthralled with a stunning film with a wonderful story. The Dark Knight succeeded on both fronts.
For all of you who saw it, what are your thoughts?