The Dark Knight

by Pamela Hruska

A heavy weight surrounding this film leaves me asking myself what shapes my impression about it all. The world will go into theatres this Friday with conceptions, whatever they may be. Access to long winded, very detailed accounts of The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan, can be found everywhere, but I’m not convinced it is the critical analysis people will talk about. Coming away from it, the impact it leaves is this: The Dark Knight, contrasted by a greatly performed villain, articulates the original essence of this comic storyline. Batman is portrayed as standing in the darkness as much as he stands in the light, and the Joker…well…decades of discussion will follow that performance.

Sometimes performances and works are meant to be experienced. To have impact where they may, on whatever realm you wish it to. But I’m conflicted by my perceptions, less critical in some way quite simply because of the circumstance surrounding this film. I feel that this is a time where you go to the theater to observe this work, and that you leave with an aspect of respect for what was left on the screen…and I do respect it, a lot, it’s significant, but I leave as an observer, not an analyzer.

And at the end of the day, if given the task to envelop your mind into the depths of a sinister character for months, one who actively objects normative morals and dedicates time to questioning the reasoning of masses, what mindspace would that leave you in?

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  • The Dark Knight
  • by Pamela Hruska
  • Published on July 23rd, 2008

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