As I explained, I have no theme for this blog aside from simply sharing what I think. So, in this post I am going to take a (large) jump from The Search for Significance to Batman. Yes, that’s right: Batman. Last week I watched The Dark Knight for the first time. I must say that I enjoyed it. While I did indeed hide my face behind the pillow in a few slightly terrifying scenes, the story captured my attention and I couldn’t wait to see how the story turned out in the end. After the movie, however, I spent a solid 2 hours trying to figure out what the overall message of the movie was and what in the world I actually thought about it.
Unlike the various Avenger films, which are all about witty comments, brilliant comebacks, big explosions and unrealistic action sequences, Batman takes on some of the more serious themes of the heroes’ fight against evil. Through this serious side of superheroes, one important message about being a real hero came through for me: Batman shows that being a real hero mean sacrificing personal safety, desires, feelings, hopes and sometimes a reputation in order to serve those who express their thanks by spitting in the hero’s face. Throughout the movie, as Batman is saving people from death left and right and is doing his best to stop the Joker, he never gets the recognition nor the thanks that he so justly deserves…and he continues to act on people’s behalf. Real hero.
The Dark Knight also addresses the opposite side of the of a real hero: real evil. Out of all of my movie watching, The Dark Knight portrays evil (accurately) like no other. The character of the Joker shows the reality that there are those in this world who engage in evil for the heck of it. For them, evil is fun: it’s a game. In addition, the character of Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight depicts the truth that even so called “good men” fall into darkness. Through Dent’s turn to evil, the movie shows that hope in human goodness is frail and not to be trusted. Yet, the movie provides no other alternative for hope, nor does it explain that human goodness is not possible. In the end, the movie’s message is that man simply has to hope that mankinds’good outweighs the bad.
Observations stated, I am still asking myself some serious questions about whether or not The Dark Knight is the kind of film I should watch for entertainment. Like I explained, not only did the movie capture my attention, it is an excellently made movie from the acting and special effects to the storyline. But the overwhelming evil (even as it is acknowledged and passionately fought evil) is a cause for concern. Is it acceptable for me as a believer to allow my eyes to see such representation of evil? Is the fact that the good beats the evil in the end worth it? After all, the Christian life is a battle against evil. We live in a war zone every day. But is it right to focus so much on the bad? I don’t have the answers; I only have the ability to go and search the scriptures and then come to a personal conclusion based on what the Lord reveals to me. I have NO idea where He’ll take me. Of course, I never really do!
I hope that I have encouraged some serious contemplation!