Apparently, I’m not alone in being mystified by The Dark Night. I barely made it through Nolan’s first Batman (starring someone who looked like she used to be Katie Holmes), and found this one even less compelling. Yes, Health Ledger gave a great performance, but a meh movie that has some good acting is still, well, a meh movie. Robert Downey concurs:
This is just another reason why I love RDJ.
Robert Downey Junior didn’t hold back when it came to the subject of The Dark Knight in a recent interview.
After telling the interviewer that Iron Man 2 will be a cool, fun movie, he let it rip when they touched on the topic of Batman.
“My whole thing is that that I saw ‘The Dark Knight’. I feel like I’m dumb because I feel like I don’t get how many things that are so smart. It’s like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I’m like, ‘That’s not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.’ I loved ‘The Prestige’ but didn’t understand ‘The Dark Knight’. Didn’t get it, still can’t tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I’m like, ‘I get it. This is so high brow and so f–king smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.’ You know what? F-ck DC comics. That’s all I have to say and that’s where I’m really coming from.”
True that. But to me the more disturbing thing about The Dark Knight was that is seems to be the biggest rightwing fantasia since 24. This is a movie that says torture is both satisfying and quickly provides useful information, that spying on citizens is justified, and that it takes a real hero to do these things and then take the heat from an ungrateful public that just doesn’t understand.
The funny thing? I’m not alone in this sentiment either. But while I view this as a defect in the film, others see it as a positive development.