I think it’s interesting how The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises both have a plot built around sustainable energy and nuclear weapons. Both movies ultimately come down to mankind almost destroying itself; the council sending out the nuke; the professor who turns the reactor into a bomb. It’s kind of scary how relevant that is.
The tragedy in Aurora Colorado is an all too familiar occurrence in America.
As each mass shooting happens our lives slowly become more constricted. As more everyday locations are hosts to death and carnage there are fewer places outside our home we feel safe in.
The movie theater was a sacred place that no one really thought about before this. It was probably the only time anyone would sit in a room full of strangers in the dark and not be afraid.
During a movie you let your guard down, you relax, you become a sponge to the plot and cinematic beauty. I have never sat in a movie and looked around at the people around me in fear, I have never been afraid that someone would come in and try to hurt me or even steal something from me in the dark.
To truly appreciate a movie you must let your guard down, you must open your mind and use all of your senses to appreciate it fully. James Holmes stole that from us last week just as the killers from Columbine did in schools and terrorists in airplanes.
We live in a world surrounded by fear. You are told to always watch your back, be aware of your surroundings, not walk alone after dark. The cinema was one of the last places you could use to escape that reality.
In addition to taking 12 lives James Holmes also added another location to our ever growing list of places to fear.
What is left?
I have somewhat of a mild obsession with superhero movies.
This year has obviously been a good one for me and my fellow nerds with The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises opening with all sorts of pomp and circumstance.
I had a hard time choosing which film I was looking forward to most so I just took it one at a time.
In May I fawned over The Avengers, watching Marvel’s best take on the sinister and hunky Loki Laufeyson (who can’t love a God of Mischief?). Joss Whedon’s film far exceeded my expectations. Each hero has enough power (and ego) to fill an entire film on their own, putting them all in one movie and making that movie watchable seemed impossible. But it had a solid plot structure, humor, dialogue, action and everything in between. I was very impressed. Marvel needs to keep him on retainer for the sequel, I cannot see another director penning something that would come close.
But now here we are in July, just days before we all get to watch Christian Bale and his terrible Batman voice take on the veiny and juiced up Tom Hardy. The Dark Knight will always be one of my favorite superhero films. Christopher Nolan’s Batman is the best, the realism brought to each villain and each situation make the films seem more plausible than fantasy. After Heath Ledger’s incredible Joker in 2008 Nolan has been under serious pressure to create something even more dramatic and action packed.
There is very little information out about the plot of The Dark Knight Rises, only that it takes place eight years later when Gotham is crumbling in the arms of Bane. There is incredible speculation on how Nolan will end his trilogy. Will Batman die?
My fascination is mainly with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt character John Blake. As it seems from the numerous trailers his character is quite important. Will Nolan leave the franchise with him?
In preparation for the nerd tears that will ultimately fall when I finally see the film on Thursday night I am watching the two previous films to make sure my Nolan/Batman knowledge is in tip-top shape.
Hopefully the end will bring more answers than questions.