The Dark Knight: Duality of Things

I dont know but when you watch a Christopher Nolan movie, you will encounter chronic cranial fatigue. And when the issues being thrown at you deals with good vs evil, hero vs villain, white vs black, the philosophical undertones are just too much to handle.

Such is the case when you watch The Dark Knight, the new Batman movie. Even if the entire movie clocks in at 2 hours and 30 minutes, you won’t feel it from the action scenes, parallelisms, and throwing out of moral underpinnings every minute.

The first scene where The Joker did a bank heist is a clean smart execution of a crime: kill the warrior below once his task in the plan is done, until only the mastermind remains in the end–leaving no witness behind.

Heath Ledger is amazing in this movie. Numerous buzz of a post-humous acting award is well founded and substantiated. His take on The Joker is deep, and smart. His social experiment between the two ships carrying good and bad people on each ship is a metaphor. It can mean a lot of things.

The Dark Knight is a film which should be viewed not once, not twice, but many times. As an audience, there are so many things that you need to understand and discover. They are embedded everywhere.

But one thing is for sure: the movie throws a rhetorical question worth pondering. “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.”



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