Last night I finally caught up with everyone else in America and saw “Dark Knight.” I have to say that all the reviews were dead on; this movie was amazing! Heath Ledger was especially incredible, which makes his untimely death that much sadder. Such amazing talent cut so short…
A lot of interesting questions about life and justice were brought up in this movie. For those who also saw it, I’d love to read your input on a few things. For those who have not seen the movie, MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Seriously. I am going to discuss the ending in detail, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now.
I’m not too familiar with the Batman storyline, so I had no idea that Harvey Dent was going to become Two-Face. That entire scenario took me by complete surprise.
Dent was the best of the best, a shining example of morality and goodness that kept everyone else in balance. This was why the Joker focused on bringing Dent down (for anyone who has read the Old Testament, it reminded me of Job a little bit.)
If Dent fell into corruption, his fall would create a domino effect, taking everyone else down with him. He would prove, in essence, that everyone is corruptible and every hero, no matter how bent on goodness, has a breaking point. And Dent did fall… He became the very thing he hated.
So here’s my question… Do you think this philosophy (“everyone is corruptible”) is true in real life? Can anyone crack if put under enough pressure?
Dent fell because he was overwhelmed with pain and grief. He fell because, from his tragedy, he learned that life and justice are just matters of chance and absolutely nothing makes any sense.
Do you think you could have stood firm and held the “higher ground” if you experienced what he did? To be honest, I don’t think I could. Much less than that has taken me down and left me re-observing everything about life, wondering about the “bigger plan” and if some of us really just get the short end of the stick. At the same time, I’ve known people who have gone through hell and come out of it stronger and better, throwing away bitterness and replacing it with resolve.
Which type are you?
Gotham City needed a real hero and Harvey Dent’s fall would lead the people to chaos. Because of this, Batman took the blame for Harvey’s crimes. Although he was the one who actually saved the city, he took the blame and punishment for things he never did.
Do you think that was a good idea?
I’m still undecided about whether Batman’s action really was necessary. He believed it had to be done to “save” the people of Gotham. But to me it just seemed horribly unfair. But maybe that’s the point. The entire movie seems to play on the theme that life just isn’t fair. Sometimes sacrifices seem to be in vain, sometimes innocent people are hurt… The movie took a lot of time to show us that the Joker was crazy just because. He didn’t have a deeper motive. He just wanted to see everything burn – and he knew that Dent was the key.
It’s the classic tale of good vs. evil with a twist. Evil has no real motivation, no real background. There’s a very thin line between hero and villain, and every hero has the possibility within himself of becoming a villain. As is often repeated in the movie: “You either die a hero or live long enough to become a villain.”
Batman’s sacrifice ruined the Joker’s plan – at least for now.