That Is the Question.
Ordinarily I wouldn’t see any Batman movie, including one with a pompous title like, “The Dark Knight Rises. But...
1) A rave review in The New York Times.
“Savior and destroyer, human and beast, the ultimate radical individualist, ...layered with open and barely veiled references to terrorism and the surveillance state and vengeance as a moral imperative...invokes the Sept 11 attacks,,, Batman stands between right and wrong, principals and their perversions,, because he himself incarnates both extremes.”
Harks back to the word mazes of Jacques Derridah and Michel Foucault, who glibly prove that anything can mean anything. Still, one vote for seeing it.
2) Rush Limbaugh thinks it’s Democrat propaganda.
“The villain in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran? ... Bain. ... Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire-breathing, four-eyed whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane? ... Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain — Romney and Bain — these people will think back to the Batman movie, ‘Oh, yeah, I know who that is,’”
Democrat strategists are not that clever but, it’s another vote for.
3) Scene of the worst lunatic NRA murder binge in history.
Blessed by the lunatic creeps of the National Rifle Association, super creep James Holmes, despite being gas masked, dressed in Ninja black, and armed with four loaded guns purchased legally, got into the showing in Aurora, Colorado, killed a dozen and and wounded scores. International headlines. Batman stockholders terrified that box office may take a hit because of terrified Joe Sixpacks, their families, and mall rats of both sexes. But it might also get a bump from carrion eaters and zombies seeking vicarious thrills.
As for me, the hell with it.