Before I start this movie review, I want to take a moment to mention the infamous violence that will unfortunately and quite possibly forever be associated with The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not going to debate about gun control or the lack of emergency preparedness because such politicizing would be insulting to the victims and their families; and I certainly won’t assume to understand the motives of a person who had a mind to kill innocent people he never knew. But I want you to think, as I did during the movie, about this event in terms of our love-hate relationship with violence.
I, for one, am not someone who believes that watching violent movies or playing violent video games makes people violent. Do I think it overexposes us to violence and makes us numb to it? Yes. But a violent mind is bred biologically, psychologically, and behaviorally—not manipulated solely by sources of entertainment. Now that you understand where I’m coming from, I want to you to think about something. Continue reading “The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…”