Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Deconstructing The Dark Knight Rises

In the days since I posted my Dark Knight Rises review, I've had a fair number of conversations about what worked for me and what didn't. Prompted by these convos, I was all set to write up a lengthy, spoiler-filled treatise detailing exactly why my response to the film was less than adulatory (though, again, I didn't hate it), but then Julian Darius, founder of the excellent site Sequart did most of my work for me with his brilliant deconstruction of the precise set of flaws that made the movie fall down for me. Whether you liked or disliked the movie, this piece is worth a look. His analysis is so on-point with my train of thought that you can literally read the entire thing and just imagine me saying "Word" at the end. At this stage of the game it should be self-evident, but lest there be any doubts, if you haven't seen the movie yet and want to remain pure as driven snow about specific plot points, for God's sake, don't click through.

2 comments:

Parvez said...

Zaki. Where to begin? Suffice it to say that Darius' piece exhaustively captures everything that went wrong with TDKR! Interestingly, the past few days since seeing the movie, I've read a couple of pieces dissecting the political overtones of the movie. Much to talk about the next time we meet...

Parvez said...

In this regard, please see:

http://jacobinmag.com/blog/2012/07/the-dark-knight-is-no-capitalist/

Some of it may be stretching but also the parallels are difficult deny.