Saturday, July 19, 2008

Batman Begins (warming up for Dark Knight)

I watched the 'first' movie again to warm up for the sequel. I didn't watch it with my full attention so I'm sure I missed loads going on, but here's just a few things I found interesting:

Just before the following dialogue we see Wayne Tower which is a pure Pillarmid (Pyramid on top) as the Wayne family go to the theater with the public transportation system.
[Bruce awakens from a nightmare]
Thomas Wayne: The bats again?
[Bruce nods]
Thomas Wayne: You know why they attacked you, don't you? They were afraid of you.
Bruce Wayne - age 8: Afraid of me?
Thomas Wayne: All creatures feel fear.
Bruce Wayne - age 8: Even the scary ones?
Thomas Wayne: Especially the scary ones.

Also resonating 9/11, this is Wayne Manor, featuring Two towers, and the house will get burned down at the end of the movie, together with the 9/11 like wrecked building poster of The Dark Knight, that's a collection of 3.
Rachel Dawes: [looking at the ruins of the burned down Wayne Manor] What will you do?
Bruce Wayne: Rebuild it. Just the way it was, brick for brick.
Alfred Pennyworth: *Just* the way it was, sir?
Bruce Wayne: Yeah. Why?
Alfred Pennyworth: I thought this might be a good opportunity for improving the foundations.
Bruce Wayne: In the south-east corner?
Alfred Pennyworth: Precisely, sir.

In the theater we see acrobatics on ropes (that's what's in this picture :p) which resonate the hanged man which gets interchanged with scary rememberance visions ofBruce's bat trauma (bats which are creatures also hang upside down, duh ;p). The hanged man resonates the sacrifice that makes sacred, personal loss for a greater good or a greater gain.

As the parents get killed outside to create the Batman. But later in the movie Alfred also lets us know that their deaths sparked the rich into action to start cleaning up the city. And even later in the movie Ra's Al Ghul shares this:
He says that the League of Shadows (secret society) had attempted to use economics as a means of destruction, which led indirectly to the murder of Bruce's parents when Joe Chill attempted to mug them after losing his job. Ra's Al Ghul (aka Henri Ducard - Liam Neeson) uses Ken Watanabe's character to pose as him and this saves him his life as he doesn't die in the fire Bruce creates but his double does.
[Bruce Wayne begins to burn down Ra's Al Ghul's temple]
Henri Ducard: What are you doing?
Bruce Wayne: What is necessary, my friend.

Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) is Bruce Wayne's supplier of tech goodies and weapons. In Wanted with Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman plays a similar role like Ra's Al Ghul and the League of Shadows is called the 'Fraternity of Assassins' (who came up with that catchy name :p). Both orders create order out of chaos. As Obama resonates Morgan Freeman too (who doesn't he resonate with lol) as Freeman played a black president before, this is kind of funny. If Bert is involved btw, you know they're evil :p.

Henri Ducard: Theatricality and deception are powerful agents.

Bruce Wayne: You're vigilantes.
Henri Ducard: No, no, no. A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely.
Bruce Wayne: Which is?
Henri Ducard: A legend, Mr. Wayne.
...
Henri Ducard: But a criminal is not complicated. What you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power. You fear your anger, the drive to do great or terrible things.

Ra's al Ghul: Tomorrow the world will watch in horror as its greatest city destroys itself. The movement back to harmony will be unstoppable this time.
Bruce Wayne: You attacked Gotham before?
Ra's al Ghul: Of course. Over the ages, our weapons have grown more sophisticated. With Gotham, we tried a new one: Economics. But we underestimated certain of Gotham's citizens... such as your parents. Gunned down by one of the very people they were trying to help. Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal. Their deaths galvanized the city into saving itself... and Gotham has limped on ever since. We are back to finish the job. And this time no misguided idealists will get in the way. Like your father, you lack the courage to do all that is necessary. If someone stands in the way of true justice... you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.

Ra's al Ghul: When a forest grows too wild, a purging fire is inevitable and natural.

The Power of Symbols
Bruce Wayne: People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne, as a man I'm flesh and blood I can be ignored I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.
Alfred Pennyworth: What symbol?
Bruce Wayne: Something elemental, something terrifying.
Alfred Pennyworth: I assume that as you're taking on the underworld, this symbol is a persona to protect those you care about from reprisals.
Bruce Wayne: You thinking about Rachel?
Alfred Pennyworth: Actually, sir, I was thinking of myself.

Random silly remark: When Batman runs away from the cop Gordon after introducing himself (Gary Oldman), one cop who sees him jump across roof tops almost says: "what the hell was bat!? (that :p)"

[Batman flies up to find Ra's al Ghul and his warriors]
Ra's al Ghul: Well, well. You took my advice about theatricality a bit... literally.

Batman makes me think of Saturn, the black, the judge, the (old) logo and belt can represent saturn's ring. Alfred tells Wayne he has to party as a smokescreen to conceal his Batman-ness, so he goes to a restaurant with 2 'european girls' :p and takes a liberating bath - symbolizing a psychological rebirth.

Criminal Justice System
In the movie we also get a taste of the Criminal Justice System in corrupt Gotham. Dr. Jonathan Crane or his 'alter' Scarecrow is a corrupt, sadistic psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology at Arkham, secretly allied with Ra's al Ghul and Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson), smuggling the former's hallucinogenic drugs into Gotham to create fear gas to use upon his patients in cruel experiments and ultimately destroy Gotham through fear induced panic, a nice metaphor for the terrorism scare the Bush admin and other countries are using against their own populations.
MK Alter syncy: Batman: [after gassing Crane with his own fear toxin] Who are you working for? Crane!
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Dr. Crane isn't here right now, but if you'd like to make an appointment...

Mind Power
[Criminal boss Falcone has been committed to Arkham]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.
Rachel Dawes: You enjoy the reversal?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: I respect the mind's power over the body. It's why I do what I do.

Last lines of the movie
Jim Gordon: What about escalation?
Batman: Escalation?
Jim Gordon: We start carrying semi-automatics, they buy automatics. We start wearing Kevlar, they buy armor-piercing rounds.
Batman: And?
Jim Gordon: And *you're* wearing a mask and jumping off rooftops. Now, take this guy: armed robbery, double homicide. Got a taste for theatrical, like you. Leaves a calling card.
[Gordon presents Batman with a clear plastic evidence bag containing what appears to be a single playing card; Batman turns it over to reveal a "Joker"]
Batman: I'll look into it. (so will I, asap! ;p)
[turns away from Gordon and walks toward the rooftop ledge]
Jim Gordon: I never said, "Thank you."
Batman: [looks back to Gordon] And you'll never have to.

Can't wait to see The Dark Knight! Btw a much more thorough and different analysis from Inside the Cosmic Cube can be read here: Legerdemain of the Dark Knight II - The Turn, and part 1 (also about movie syncs but not about the movie itself as much as part 2.

2 comments:

Michael Skaggs said...

Derdoid, Excellent write up! As we are seeing more and more suggestively buried symbolisms, sometimes what they say is just an impacting...wonder if when these dramatic lines are said if the symbols are on screen at the time? Making it stand out more or something more suggestible?

Nicely done.
Peace brother.

dedroidify said...

I'll have to get back to you on that to check it in this movie, have a possibly busy 2 days ahead of me.

Thanks, peace man.