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The Dark Knight Rises – my review

November 5, 2012

I went to see it recently, not really knowing what I’d be getting into, but having enjoyed the previous two.

The movie is almost 3 hours long.  It moves along well enough  that I didn’t really mind.  There was a lot to develop and the payoff was worth it.

Having recently seen “Occupy Unmasked”, the movie was fairly chilling in how close it came to reality.  I wondered if the director had already been aware of the movement or just educated about history.  The Communist movements have historically used similar kinds of logic to justify their actions and revolts.  However, I seriously doubt that there’s ever been such a movement that, if the people could look ahead 20 years, that they’d be willing to implement the system knowing the future of the movement.  In the end, these movements always turn into a fascist dictatorship/oligarchy that is far more brutal and repressive than the previous regime.

It’s fairly easy to foment discontent and even revolution, but the big question then becomes, what is going to replace the existing system?  Capitalism, for all of its money-grubbing inequalities and disparities is still vastly superior to any other system that has ever been devised.  I think it’s easy to lose sight of that when one is angry and upset.

It also reminded me of the differences between the French Revolution and the American Revolution.  Both purportedly had similar goals, freedom and justice.  Only one actually delivered.  The most striking difference is the moral underpinnings of the American Revolution.  The French one was secular and the best that men could do was a terrible society that ended up sucking down the lives of staggering quantities of Europe’s men as most of Europe was embroiled in wars to end the “progress” of the French Revolution.

Proverbs states that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  It’s not hard to predict the results of any kind of political change if “the fear of the Lord” and thus wisdom is not a part of it.  It’s disturbing to me to look around and see the road this nation is on and the secularization of our country.  It doesn’t bode well for the U.S.  If we don’t get back our fear of the Lord, we too, will abandon wisdom and with it hope.

I found this movie to be quite timely and interesting.  Worth the time to watch.  It’s still at the cheap theater in NRH and I expect it will be out on DVD fairly soon.

And you thought a Batman movie didn’t apply to local politics. 🙂

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