The Dark Rise of the Knight (10 Years Later)

On July 16th, 1918, the Russian Imperial Romanov family was executed during the Russian Civil War, which concluded with the inauguration of the first major Communist experiment as a tryout for the worldwide communism takeover that started in 2020. On July 16th, 2012, the political anticipation film The Dark Knight Rises was officially launched with the New York premiere. I originally wrote about it here.

Two teachers discuss one with the other:

– Yesterday, I taught my dog to play chess

– Really? I knew the dog is one of the most intelligent animals, but I didn’t think you could teach him such a thing. So what does he know until now?

– Nothing, actually. I said he taught him; I didn’t say he learned.

Probably there is no big surprise for anyone that Christopher Nolan’s new film has rapidly entered the top box office [en, php] and Top 250 IMDb [en, php]. There almost seems to be a groove for “dark films” because they are the “new cool”. The darker, the better.

It’s tough to judge such an excellent film by the standard of its qualities: if I admit the film is great, then most will interpret that as a “green light” to go and savor it. But not all great films are meant to be seen, such as not all great songs are meant to be sung.

The prior “Dark Knight” already had some obvious elements of misleading the spectator into believing the milk is black: Batman assumes the fault for Harvey’s “Two Faces” Dent to keep the clean image of the public hero; Batman uses intimacy-invasive hi-tech for tracing the enemy. Wouldn’t Obama just love such a figure who can take the blame for up-scaling the post-Bush war machine?

As if this wasn’t enough, the 7th real-life action film of the Batman saga “teaches” us (or, at least, tries to) some very interesting stuff:

  • Those imprisoned for life without any rights are confirmed as bad guys by the fact that they all gang up against the population when being freed;
  • Jim Gordon telling the truth as a police officer is wrong;
  • Imprisoning people for an abusive decree is terrible, but it’s OK for the ones who did it to go unpunished and without repenting;
  • Batman’s old friends, even though they disagree with his actions, are more than eager to help him;
  • children watching a nuclear bomb detonated just a few kilometers away doesn’t harm their eyes;
  • an atomic bomb being detonated a few kilometers away from the shore does not pose any real problems: It won’t come as a surprise in the next “Batman” we’ll see happy fishers on the beach (Fukushima, anyone?);
  • when you don’t fear death anymore, a mortal jump is OK;
  • In the end, the “good guy” can fly away with a “bad girl”;
  • It seems that nobody told Anne Hathaway that “based on comics” doesn’t mean she’s in a silly comedy – she keeps acting like she’s in one;
  • hope doesn’t come from God; it comes from Batman;
  • faith is broken when Batman is beaten;
  • salute the fire to rise… (maybe soon also off the screens?);
  • starting a new life might become impossible in “peacetime” when all the uncomfortable people are locked in, and the key is thrown away;
  • In the movies, the “terrorists” are always scarier than in reality. Bane looks like he could eat Osama bin Laden on toast for breakfast – by the way, has someone asked, “how does Bane eat?”
  • if you know all these things, it’s still OK to enjoy the spectacle of violence.

And on and on. What beautiful things for your children to learn, isn’t it? The bad news is that in real life, terrorists are never “blown away” by comic heroes, but they have their phantoms chased.

Christopher Nolan proves to be one of the best film directors in Hollywood and one of the most devious ones. Don’t get fooled by what you see on the big screen. There’s a war on your mind and that of your children. When the Dark Knight rises, your offspring fall.

Making a very good movie is making critics nowadays shut up.

My rating: is 8/10.

The promo text from Warner Bros.: “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an international all-star cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon, and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.”

Marcus Victor Grant

Copyright text © Marcus Victor Grant 2012-present. Updated for publishing in 2021. Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, all rights reserved.

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