Saw "The Dark Knight" last night
Last night after work, I met a friend at the food court in the mall. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, we headed over to the AMC Veterans 24 theatre to watch the 6:50 showing of “The Dark Knight”. We made it to the theatre just in time and it was nice that it wasn’t really packed.
The movie itself was pretty good for a batman movie, it had good characters; the story was interesting, etc. It was (as most reviewers have said) very dark, with a lot of things that would have been quite gory and something you might expect to see in a gory horror movie, except to get the PG-13 rating, they don’t actually show you whats being done, they either change camera angles or don’t directly show the gory details. It wasn’t that there was a lot of gory stuff going on, but they implied what they were doing and left the rest to your immagination.
As a batman fan, I enjoyed the movie. There were lots of cool scenes in it and some good action and effects. Overall it was good, but one thing really gets to me. I don’t know what people are thinking, or what kind of parent would do this, but parents are taking their young kids to see this movie! I don’t understand why anyone would do that, as this is a dark movie, and there are bad thing being done to people by the joker and other “bad guys” in the film. At one point a little boy has a gun pointed at his head and both him and his family believe he is about to be shot. Its just not a good movie for younger kids. When I was in the theatre last night, there was a man there with his two younger boys. One looked like he could have been 10–12, but the other one coudln’t have been more than 7 or 8. The younger boy was scared several times during the movie, and I could see him curling up in his chair turning around and crying.
I realize that not everyone thinks the same way, and often times common sense is often now the “uncommon sense”, but really, there is no excuse for this, movie reviews and ratings and the internet resources are all there for parents to check out before letting their kids see movies like this. I rank this up there as a form of child neglect, honestly… Parental neglegance or the just plan old “I don’t care” mentality about stuff like this is not good for any kid. And you better believe that during that movie, I felt like coming up behind that guy and in true batman style pulling him up out of his seat and then making him take a good hard look at his crying son sitting a few chairs over.
Oh and one more thing, I thought it was kind of interesting that they protrayed some batman immitators in the movie. I wonder if this idea came from reality in that with most of the last few batman movies there have been fans who have dressed up like batman and prowled the streets of some city pretending to be batman. I like what they did with that in the movie, even though the joker killed several of the immitators… I think they were trying to send a message to batman immitators out there.