Watched what I hope will be the last of the batman trilogy today The Dark Knight Rises at the IMAX theaters and thank heavens I wasn’t dissapointed. I was rather crestfallen that it wasnt in 3D but the dialog and absolute bad assery of Bane won me over ASAP.
This movie is one for the record books in the philosophical and political angling that was infused in the story arch. Reminds me of that saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. Speaking of hell that jail where Bane resided was all kinds of crazy and that old blind doctor guy gave me life advice.
Anne Hathaway is a way sexier Cat woman than Halle Berry. She is fine as fudge and that leather body suit. . . sululu. .
As usual I dig deeper especially when a movie has had input from geniuses like Christopher Nolan. The political propaganda perpetuated by Bane as he took over Gotham city made parallels with the many cases of real world despots grabbing power and claiming it was the choice of the people. The leaders that claim the people, the citizens instructed them to liberate them are the most selfish decadent and despotic leaders. To use the public as a vehicle, to claim you know the promised land and that salvation is only through you is a true mark of a man/woman hell bent on absolute control ala the church.
The movie also seeks to reinforce the moral superiority of the Americans even in light of great betrayal. I cant help but think that in a macro socio-economic sense, Bruce wayne and by extension Wayne industries is a representation of the US State and Gotham City the world as it is today. Batman is the masked hand that protects the weak (small countries that play ball) against the oppressors (The alleged terrorists and other mean countries) The technological superiority and sheer arsenal that Bruce Wayne controls compares well to the similar arsenal and tech the US controls on the world stage. His reluctance to remain the hero and the internal fight to be the better man and sacrifice himself makes a lot of sense in the effort to perpetuate an image of a conflicted hero who has to do the dirty work and make all the seemingly impossible decisions. And somehow all these decisions are to the benefit of the citizens.
Or maybe I have had too much Githeri . . Again.