Part II: Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself the villian

Found this old review of mine. Second review of The Dark Knight. Third was planned to be about production and performances, but I got lazy and it never even got started.
So you give a kid a candy. Don’t you think it’s best required to have another one or something else better for later, just in case?


The Dark Knight drops on the table a bundle of moral issues. laid it out that it’s so interspresed throughout the whole movie sliding one complication after another, then on top of each other, let one steady and tromp the next stack hard, swooshed them around, tossed and let it all scattered. now, who’s dazed and confused? Well I, for one, am.

It’s so much of a large scope that it’s difficult to pick by just pieces. It’s such a momentous film from production standpoint to direction and here i am, reiterating his script that is already very well put together and delivered. He guarantees to it that everything is covered, explained and supported. you may not have figured out at an instance or maybe just have inkling of ideas somewhere along the lines. Be it clarified or perflex, we all be nodding our heads in the end and see that The Dark Knight was made with extreme diligence.

The city of Gotham was presented protection from cruelty, disaster and crime. Once a symbol is lit, the city looks up and it’s criminal-free. Bruce Wayne created a world police that is designed to act properly. A caped crusader who poses an idealistic image. He accepted demanding responsibilities all for the service of good. And the citizens bet bottom dollar on his skills, special tools and courage that is willingly take responsibilities and commitment. Trust has been supported and hope is set aside. And all the while, these expectations are as fragile and delicate as its forces of the evil terrifies. A masochistic instigator shakes the calm streets into chaos. Joker challenged these moral and ethical codes and led Batman into a world of dilemma. His righteous ways have been compromised. His motif was put into question. His rules were pushed to the limit. how far a moral agent can go?

A Batman copycat asked what gives (the real) Batman the right to help. This simple add-on of the movie shows how concerns were raised very early in the story. And throughout the movie, Batman proves himself worthy for the claim of a hero through its concept but undeserving of such praise or label. Even his archenemy atests to this when affirmed that he truly is incorruptible and continue wickedly playing with the notion that Batman won’t physically break his only one rule because of some misplaced righteousness. Batman acquires moral stature and superior ability and greater resistance against any oppositions or tempting powerful influences. The idea of those possessions serve him license to manage and ascription to take charge above others. Control that when disturbed by the hands of pestiferous antagonists is easily hard to manuever. Batman breaks laws. inflicted major damages. hHe crosses the lines in order to defend and fight equally. He forgets the epistemic condition of his duty and the sanctity of the requirement of keep it. Must remember that he is still human who can explode -on the race of a ticking clock, at the spark of a planned moment. He hesitated his endurance when lives were at risk. What does (it take for) a man to do in order to have the right to be fully morally responsible?

Macabre clown who provokes these things to happen, The Joker, claims himself not a monster but the head of the curve preaching Batman that people will cast him out when their needs are not met. This is what happens when you stand on top of the building. dressed appropriately of an icon and flies in the air ready to save the world. You do everything necessary until find yourself trapped to the context of everything you developed. You’ve been recognized. you gained their trust, you are being relied on and expected to take the action. You are held to a higher standard. You give a kid a candy but you better have another one for later just in case. For at the time when it all gets out of control and there’s nothing left to do but to disappoint, you take the blame far more bigger and brighter than the praises of the things you’ve done good.

Harvey Dent perfectly further the issues with: “Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villian.”  It’s been backed-up in the movie that Gotham “needs” Batman more than Harvey Dent or Jeff Gordon. That statement is repeatedly incorporated by Alfred, Rachel, Jeff Gordon, Batman himself; and (to highlight one example) Jeff Gordon after saying, “The night is darkest before the dawn. And I promise you … the dawn is coming.” putting faith into one thing is dangerous. but on the other hand, not believing to anything is tragic as it seems. For when you left with no choice and although! it doesn’t make a world of sense, faith remains to be the only hope for survival. A visual presentation for this is shown when two boats filled with different kinds of passengers were set to form into a bedlam of moral and social complexity. Their lives were hung in the balance. Batman is pressured. He can only carry out this obligation of being a moral agent when doubts are suppressed. Batman got called an “outlaw vigilante”. He got blamed for the madness in the street. He was accounted for to the deaths of innocent individuals. But, in the end, fireworks didn’t go off. A testament of righteousness over pride and guilt.

On the contrary, Joker justifies himself with “Until their spirit breaks completely”. He is, of course, referring to Harvey Dent whose last words to Rachel Dawes stating that things will be alright when he knows that it’s not. There goes Batman’s aching devastation. Fall to the ground grieving not only to the death of the woman he loves but more importantly, his failure to respond on the responsibilities he voluntarily accepted at the point when everyone is counting on him. Meant to inspire good: as positive as it sounds, it’s also as ugly when it’s not sustained.

Batman and Commisioner Gordon are going to cover Harvey Dent’s crimes. They are building a lie filling the blocks with false hopes just to make the city of Gotham sturdy; to perpetuate hope so that people of Gotham would feel safe. The movie ends in a perfect conclusion: recapping the events with sad realizations. Joker successfully was able to send his point across. Joker is an anti-heroism who joins the league of heroes. Jeff Gordon, the most righteous of the 4, including his people are not enough to govern the beleaguered Gotham. Harvey Dent, the white knight whose wrath fell in the hands of the beast and led to wrong directions. Batman, the hero by the book, in Jeff Gordon’s words: he’s not a hero, he’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector…. a Dark Knight.

Script written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan.


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