Movie Review; The Dark Knight (and a personal reminder)
MrsDof and I went to two movies today: Mama Mia and The Dark Knight. That is, she went to one and I went to the other. Multiplexes do have their advantages.
TDK is a very, very, very violent movie. But enjoyable. I wasn’t as blown away by it as some reviewers, though Heath Ledger was. Incredible. As. The Joker. The story line was dark and ugly but it dragged in places. I found it distracting that “Gotham” was recognizably Chicago. There was too much gravelly-voiced speechmaking. But did I mention that the whole movie was worth it just to see Ledger’s ‘Joker’?
The movie also would be a good starting point for discussions about the fabric of society, public morality, the limits of official decency, terrorism, exploitation, the boundaries of insanity, and lots of other fun topics. I wouldn’t flinch at using it in a philosophy class because it is far more entertaining than most movies that have philosophical implications.
So there I was, sitting in a chair for two hours. I have a chronic pain condition and don’t do chairs very well. Movie theaters are a challenge, and airplanes are just out of the question. (The altitude seems to make it worse) When I stood up, I was forcibly reminded that I have been letting my pain management slide. This consists of stretching two or three times a day, upper-body strength training, and cardio. These exercises are, themselves, unpleasant so that is why I tend to ‘forget’ to do them.
I made it out to the car and sat there with the windows closed, enjoying the 120 degree heat. (I don’t think MrsDoF was quite as pleased by that part). Now it’s an hour later, I’ve done stretches and am feeling a bit better. After posting this I am going to go do cardio.
Anyway back to the movie: maybe my enjoyment of it was tainted by physical discomfort. But on the whole I enjoyed Batman; The Animated Series more. I think I’ll buy the set and watch it on my treadmill.
Update: Here’s MrsDoF’s review of Mama Mia!