September 13, 2008
- Rob Nilsson's "Go Together"
- Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight"
They could be considered opposites. "Go Together" is made on a shoe string budget by an independent, local film maker, Rob Nilsson. While Dark Knight is an almost $200 million Hollywood blockbuster movie by Christopher Nolan.
But for me they're at essence about the same thing: Transcending simplistic constructs. For "Go Together", it's the construct of the the film spectacle that is critiqued as people voyeuristically watch a film within a film back out to itself. Reflecting the displaying and viewing of film pulled within and through itself, the very act of viewing film is considered. The projections of our own wants, distractions, desires -- such constructs -- missing acting out on acting on life for passive reflections of forms of living.
In "The Dark Knight", the construct of the Hero that people picture in their minds to the real consequences of acting as a hero. Nietzche's statement "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you." comes into play. As the actions of ridding evil, results in the death of loved ones and crossing into corrupt, destructive acts. To be true to justice, the Dark Knight goes beyond simplistic constructs of Hero. To be true to his values, he's willing to be seen as the villain by those accepting one dimensional ideals.
To me, this is the challenge of the 21st century. To go beyond simplistic constructs of good and evil(doers). Simple views of liberals or republicans as good or bad. Instead to discover to bring about values in reality that are actually good irregardless of the consent of those settling for simplistic notions.