Dark Knight

I realize it’s been quite a while since the release of this film. Personally, I saw the film 3 times and came away with different thoughts, emotions and insights each time. And although the hoopla surrounding it has died down, I think Dark Knight has the staying power to influence viewers for many years to come.

Visually, this sequel to Batman Begins combines superb acting and intense drama with enough dry humor to keep it from being completely and hopelessly depressing. Culturally, it is a subtle representation of how fragile the human condition is in relation to grace/sin, good/evil, order/chaos, hope/despair.

We like Batman because he is one of us; totally mortal, without any superpowers. He abides by a personal moral code and tries desperately not to succumb to the evil he is capable of committing. While it seems both Batman and Joker are unstoppable forces with similar traits (vigilantism, disregard for social norms/rules), Joker is actually the antithesis of Batman.

Joker is the mastermind behind unleashing chaos in the human soul. Completely uninhibited and unpredictable in his thirst for destruction and violence, he disturbs our innate desire for order. His power over the “goodness” of Harvey Dent parallels how fragile we all are and how easily we can be destroyed by the dark forces and tragic events of our lives.

In contrast, Batman is all we long to be. Seemingly incorruptible and, although completely mortal, seems to have unwavering self-control when faced with ultimate temptation for evil and dealing with life’s tragic turns. His self-sacrificing gesture to become the hunted in order to preserve Gotham’s need for hope in Dent’s purity of heart is both noble and an act of humility. He seems to possess ultimate power, yet handles it responsibly . . . so very un-human-like.

Finally, the title becomes a double . . . even triple . . . entendre as it can literally represent Batman as a dark (black-cloaked) knight (soldier); the “dark night” of the human soul through Joker’s psychopathic/sociopathic actions; and Harvey Dent’s character as a dark knight who fell as an agent of goodness to one of evil because of tragic events in his life.

I look forward to seeing what villain is portrayed in the next sequel!

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Dark Knight

I realize it’s been quite a while since the release of this film. Personally, I saw the film 3 times and came away with different thoughts, emotions and insights each time. And although the hoopla surrounding it has died down, I think Dark Knight has the staying power to influence viewers for many years to come.

Visually, this sequel to Batman Begins combines superb acting and intense drama with enough dry humor to keep it from being completely and hopelessly depressing. Culturally, it is a subtle representation of how fragile the human condition is in relation to grace/sin, good/evil, order/chaos, hope/despair.

We like Batman because he is one of us; totally mortal, without any superpowers. He abides by a personal moral code and tries desperately not to succumb to the evil he is capable of committing. While it seems both Batman and Joker are unstoppable forces with similar traits (vigilantism, disregard for social norms/rules), Joker is actually the antithesis of Batman.

Joker is the mastermind behind unleashing chaos in the human soul. Completely uninhibited and unpredictable in his thirst for destruction and violence, he disturbs our innate desire for order. His power over the “goodness” of Harvey Dent parallels how fragile we all are and how easily we can be destroyed by the dark forces and tragic events of our lives.

In contrast, Batman is all we long to be. Seemingly incorruptible and, although completely mortal, seems to have unwavering self-control when faced with ultimate temptation for evil and dealing with life’s tragic turns. His self-sacrificing gesture to become the hunted in order to preserve Gotham’s need for hope in Dent’s purity of heart is both noble and an act of humility. He seems to possess ultimate power, yet handles it responsibly . . . so very un-human-like.

Finally, the title becomes a double . . . even triple . . . entendre as it can literally represent Batman as a dark (black-cloaked) knight (soldier); the “dark night” of the human soul through Joker’s psychopathic/sociopathic actions; and Harvey Dent’s character as a dark knight who fell as an agent of goodness to one of evil because of tragic events in his life.

I look forward to seeing what villain is portrayed in the next sequel!

Stumbling into new territory

Chronologically, I’m older than I am in my mind. I firmly believe we all have 4 ages; chronological, physical, emotional and mental. Therefore, I range in age from 28 to 88! In reality, I consider myself “seasoned,” and am stepping into the blogosphere because it’s an activity I have not previously tried. Please ignore my many  mistakes in the set up and maintenance of this blog as I am still learning the ins and outs. I’ll figure it out soon.

I must say, nameing a blog is about as hard as naming a child! Get it wrong, it’s an embarrassment. Get it right and the possibilities are endless. Peripheral Perceptions was chosen to reflect observations of my life from different corners of my personality. In these mind wandering, I write about kids, grandkids, dogs, cats, work, passions, friendships and relationships of all kinds. Mainly, it’s a trip through my inner thought processes. Sometimes a very dark place, other times full of rainbows and butterflies. Thanks for wandering in to read my mind. Please leave the door wide open on your way out.