Reel Review: The Dark Knight Rises
Written by: Sienna
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Writing this hot off a double screening (yes, I saw it twice, back to back in one night) I’m going to try to remain as unbiased as possible. Let it be known though, that I’m a Nolan Nerd and fully adopted the “In Nolan We Trust” mantra over the last year of anxiously anticipating this film. The man didn’t earn a spot amongst my personal favorite directors without due cause. Add an all-star cast, Nolan’s trusted cinematographer Wally Pfister, and just the overall fact that this film is the end to one of the most epic trilogies of our generation, and greatness ensues.
In Regards to the CO Dark Knight Rises Shooting
Written by: Ben
I just wanted to take a moment to give my condolences to the victims and their family of the terrible shooting in Aurora, Colorado. If you haven’t seen the story, a man entered a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises wearing a riot helmet and body armor and launched tear gas grenades and opened fire on the crowd, killing 12 and wounding 50. It is a terrible tragedy and it just doesn’t seem right to not mention this when it is so prevalent in the news, and tied to this film. This man was clearly unwell, and police reports say he had painted his hair red and claimed to be “The Joker”. This relates to the Batman mythos but the Joker doesn’t have red hair and the fact is a man that believes himself to be a fictional, evil character is a man who clearly isn’t sane. I hope that the survivors of this tragedy are able to recover from this and not have to live in fear, and I give my condolences to the family and friends of the victims and hope they can find peace in that the man who did this is already apprehended.
I am sorry it happened and am sorry to hear that some other theaters around the country are postponing screenings of the film in response to this as it is like saying the movie is accountable for this tragedy. I don’t want to sound heartless for saying that, and I know many will think I am, but as a movie blogger it is a point I feel is important. If people don’t want to go to theaters to see it this weekend in response to this/out of fear, that is fine. However some people may want to see it still and canceling screenings on the other side of the country because of this tragedy is giving power to this act as being tied to the film, which only gives more value to the crazy generalization that media creates these crazies. Its something that happens to often and I just want to say that we shouldn’t do that this time and let it be clear that this man was unwell and while he may have taken some of this fictional universe to heart, albeit the worst/most vile side of it, it was not in a way any sane viewer/reader/fanboy of Batman and the DC Universe would.
Anyways, that’s enough of that. We should have our review of The Dark Knight Rises by Sienna up soon and I may have a Netlix Night up later. I hope you guys have a safe weekend and enjoy reading those.