all things considered—not at all grim.
the movie's themes of violence and vigilantism were much, much
weightier and disturbing considering the tragedy surrounding opening
I went in to grab seats while Christian bought sodas. The
theater was packed and it looked like it would be impossible to find two
seats together. A pack of teenage boys sprawled across two back rows. I
did the universal sign for "Are those all saved?" and turned around to
find something on the front row when they told me they were. I was
halfway down the stadium-seating steps when one of the boys caught up to
me and grabbed my arm. They'd rearranged to give us two seats together.
Not a big deal. But actually kind of a huge deal.
Jeff Jensen's (spoiler filled) review explains the way The Dark Knight Rises reflects
the unease of our time. We find ourselves weary here in the post 9/11
United States. There's a lot to be scared of and it seems like it will
take a lot to fix it. But within this context of unease, I think small
acts such as giving up seats in a theater become even more important.
why I love super heroes. I love them because I believe that good and
evil are at odds. I love it when people do their best, when they are
principled, stick up for others, fling webs, stop bad guys, are not
selfish or mean. I love it when they rally.
I believe in Batman
because I am Batman. I think raising kids is heroic. I think being kind
and fair is heroic. I think moving over for someone in a movie theater
is heroic. I don't have Bruce Wayne money or Batman gear, but I am
trying. Really, so many people are trying. And if you've got a bunch of
people trying you've got yourself a Justice League and that gives me a
lot of hope.
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