Fandango Foibles


Having just seen The Dark Knight, I was rather surprised to learn that some people apparently hadn’t seen the same movie I did. Take this “review” for example:

this is propaganda to teach the masses that the rich will protect us from the innately evil and violent. lots of bad, boring dialogue, unrealistic fight scenes, etc.

i walked out after the joker magically disappears from the trust fund babies party. let me say this “**** THE TRUST FUND BABIES!”

some ironman ripoffs badly done

Nevermind the fact that the person can’t make a coherent sentence. I wasn’t aware that Batman was a propoganda engine. Is this person even aware that this is based on a comic book about a rich guy who goes vigilante? And doesn’t it make some logical sense that someone with Batman’s technology would have to be relatively loaded to do what he does? Apparently the film was teaching us bad things, like rich people helping other rich people not get killed by evil other rich people…yeah (or rich people protecting not-so-rich people from evil rich people and psychos). We didn’t see the same movie.

And then there’s this:

My wife and I just went to see this movie today. It’s dark and evil, the plots are convoluted and twisted. It keeps you guessing what’s next and is full of absurd, ridiculous, unbelievable situations. It tries to take away your hope that Batman is a good guy that stays the good guy. City officials, police officers, politicians, attornies, etc. are all up for being in bed with the mob. The mob is outsmarted and evilly intimated and out-manuevered by the Joker. We left with a bad feeling. We like movies like Ironman where evil is depicted as what it is, and there’s a clear difference between the good guys and the bad guys. The bad guys ALWAYS lose. Good ALWAYS triumphs over evil. This movie wants you to doubt. We felt we wasted our money. We will definitely tell our grown children NOT to waste their time seeing it. Keith Ledger did do a GREAT job acting totally psychotic. We wished we could have gotten our money back. It’s a murder and torture fest.

I didn’t know that Keith Ledger was in this movie…does Heath have a brother or something (a twin brother, I mean)?
The one thing I keep seeing is that the film is dark and people don’t like dark, but then these same people complain about movies being stupid and pointless. So, a movie comes along that has a very good point, is filled with a lot of darkness and strong commentary on human culture, and they just don’t like it cause it pushes buttons…
I guess you can’t please everyone.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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