Evaluation of The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is one of the greatest movies of our time. Laremy Legel called Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight, a masterwork (Dillon Michell, "The Dark Knight"). The Dark Knight won plenty of awards: Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Cinematography, Film Editing in Oscar; Movie of the Year in AFI Award; Top Box Office Film in ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, and so on. The Dark Knight is a film that was so popular and all around loved that it merits evaluation. The center topic of Batman film is always about justice v.s. evil. The film creates several successful and distinct characters to reach this point. The symbology of Batman comes into the first place. The final monologue that Commissioner Gordon talks to his son and himself: “Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight” (The Dark Knight).The Dark Knight brings the themes from Batman Begins to their logical conclusion: Namely, that as a man, Bruce Wayne’s powers over evil crime are rather limited. As a man, he can be killed, he can be defeated. As a symbol, he can become more. At the end of The Dark Knight, he becomes, to society, a contaminated force in pretty much the same way the Joker was. He becomes hunted, making people believe that he cannot be controlled, that he has lost all respect for societal norms and the rules of law. As Gordon realizes he needs to blame the murders on Batman, he acknowledges not only the need for society to push their fears onto something, but their hopes as well. In the meantime, it is also made clear that, in fact, Batman never succumbs to his own dark, inner urges. In the movie, Bruce Wayne says the line, “I’ve seen what I have to become to fight men like him” (The Dark Knight), and he rejects the path he has to take to stop Joker, a man who has no rules whatsoever. In one of the more memorable scenes from the film, the two have a showdown in Gotham City’s streets, the Joker manically screams: “Hit me! Hit me!”, as Batman is propelled towards him in the Bat Pod (The Dark Knight). As much as Batman wants to kill the Joker, he knows he can’t violate his own moral code, and almost sacrifices himself to prevent this from happening. Still, Batman doesn’t seek to kill evildoers, but to bring them to justice. This is also what the movie tries to tell its audience: sometimes, killing the evil is not the best way to destroy it; justice can be the real punishment. Let the evil be regretted and disgusting is rather than annihilate it. “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” (The Dark Knight). These words, spoken by Harvey Dent in the film and its trailers, portend the inevitable corruptibility of heroes in the Batman universe. At the beginning of the film, Dent represents absolute good, a goodness that is so pure, that has so much potential to change Gotham that even Batman is thinking of hanging up his spurs. “When their enemies were at the gates, the Romans would suspend democracy and appoint one man to protect the city. It wasn't considered an honor, it was considered a public service” (The Dark Knight). Dent took responsibility far Gotham city. He caught almost half of the criminals in the city in a short amount of time: he inspires people to live in a positive, peaceful and grateful society. He is referred to frequently as Gotham’s “White Knight,” (The Dark Knight) a term used through the entire the film. However, when the public, even Batman, thought they could count on Dent all Gotham’s future, the most depressing moment comes in the film: The Joker destroyed Dent’s beloved Rachel and turned him to evil. The film makes audiences realize that humans are limited, and that people’s capacity to be good is subject to the vagaries of fate and whatever else decides to destroy what people love....
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