The Dark Knight For Best Picture

James Preston 3 10:00 PM
I've been waiting to write a post about the movie The Dark Knight for a long time. Reason being, it ranks right up there as one of my all time favourites.

With the announcement of the nominees for next year's Academy Awards not far away, I thought now was the best time to let my opinion be heard.

It's not one of my favourites because of it's heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action. Nor it's breathtaking cinematography. Nor was it Christopher Nolan's interwoven, unpredictable storyline. Not even Heath Ledger's unforgettable, spine-chilling performance as The Joker makes it a favourite. Although all of these factors certainly have been taken into account.

What makes this July 2008 masterpiece one of my personal favourites is it's frighteningly accurate comment on society today, and where we are as a people.

The Dark Knight is more than a movie. It is art. And it most certainly isn't abstract art either.

Art is renowned for taking a dig at where society is at. Whether it be the political agenda of the day; be it certain limitations and restrictions on a certain people, whatever. Art always has a message. And it uses its chosen medium to get that mess age across.

Christopher Nolan (The film's director) uses film, and the Dark Knight in particular, to tell the world how fickle we really are. We so quickly want a saviour when things aren't going all that well for us. But once our chosen saviour has served their purpose, we are so quick to discard them.

"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

One of the pinnacle lines of the movie. And it su ms up exactly where we are as a people. We don't want our heroes to die heroes. Once they've served their purpose as saviour, we want to find what it is they've done wrong. And how bad they really are.

And I say all this because this is the reason the latest installment in the new Batman franchise will win "Best Picture" at the 2009 Academy Awards in February next year. Big call, I know. But this film has it all. Superlative acting, sublime screenplay, scintillating action, and serious cinematography. This film has it all.

The only film ever to gross more than $500 million at t he box office, Titanic, won Best Picture in 1997. No other film until now has ever broken through the $500 million barrier. Last time I checked, the Dark Knight was sitting pretty at $528 million.

A movie doesn't rake in that kind of cash because it packs a real punch, no... More than that, tt brings in the masses because it's a darn good movie!


Have you seen the movie? Let me know what you thought, and if you agree with my comments above!

Until next time…

3 comments

What a well written article. Your view of the movie is incredibly interesting! And I couldn't agree more. Fingers crossed for the Acadamy Awards next year then! Regards!

Thanks for the comment. I think we need more films like these to get us to think a bit about the world in which we live. It is great that there are movies that have a message, and stimulate us as a society yo evaluate our circumstances and where we have come.

After all, more people watch movies than read stimulating literature! Hence the more stimulating movies the better!

My hope is that we will have more and more movies with truly Biblical themes such as "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lord of the Rings" hitting our screens. Showing the world that the Christian Message (The Gospel) is the most exciting and moving Message in the Universe!

Thanks again for commenting.

Best regards,

James

Hey dude.... great article!!!! and wat a bummer that batman didnt even get nominated for best picture!!!

well for my essay the heading is the purpose of life, i need to know about your pupose in life, about your plans in life, what you are about, what you would like to achieve before the end of your life, what you would like to be remembered for once you die, why you have the beliefs you do and any experiences that have had big impacts on your life.

thanks man... God bess

byron

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