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haiku movie review: The Dark Knight

by Rob Friesel

desperate times call
for violating all laws.
so much for heroes.

I enjoyed the The Dark Knight, but man what a fucked-up story. I feel like it gets the spirit of Batman pitch-perfect, but that just leaves me worked-up and angry. If you think of it as a film that attempts to capture our national reaction to 9/11, then yes: it’s easy to favor expedience over righteousness in what feels like a time of crisis, to take some very visible short gains at the expense of the real/best long-term goals.

And maybe that’s how Christopher Nolan nailed the ending there: unroll a seemingly complex moral dilemma to show how easily we over-complicate the matter, and then ram it home by demonstrating how corruptible everyone is, leaving us without heroes—or glorifying all the wrong ones for the sake of our own comforts.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

3 Responses to haiku movie review: The Dark Knight

Andrew Liptak says:

I loved the film and the characters. Nolan got the story dead on, I thought, in tone, but also how the juxtaposition of law/order vs. chaos/disorder. Joker was superb in that role as well.

found_drama says:

No doubt. He had some interesting and subtle things going on in between the not-so-subtle explosions and all. I’m still having trouble digesting Gordon’s closing dialogue-as-soliloquy though and/or whether Batman throws himself on Dent/Two-Face’s sword as a bit of penance for his massive civil liberties violation.

Andrew Liptak says:

I thought that that element, with Dent/Two Face, pushed the movie a little too much, and made it crowded. I sort of hoped that they would take that storyline and push it to film #3, with a lot of setup or something.

Moreover, I liked everything about the Joker. Exceedingly well thought out.

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