Thursday, July 12, 2012
Nolan’s a big fan of the dead love-interest, and if the leading lady is still alive by the end of the movie then chances are she’s still a beautiful enigma rather than an actual human person. Even in The Dark Knight when Rachel Dawes played by Maggie Gyllenhaal (ie, an actor several orders of magnitude more accomplished than Katie Holmes) she’s little more than a collection of disappointed looks. She’s no Pepper Potts. It’s more like Bruce Wayne thinks she’s his Pepper Potts when in reality she’s just the proverbial Somebody That He Used To Know. — from Some hopes and dreams for The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan’s a big fan of the dead love-interest, and if the leading lady is still alive by the end of the movie then chances are she’s still a beautiful enigma rather than an actual human person. Even in The Dark Knight when Rachel Dawes played by Maggie Gyllenhaal (ie, an actor several orders of magnitude more accomplished than Katie Holmes) she’s little more than a collection of disappointed looks. She’s no Pepper Potts. It’s more like Bruce Wayne thinks she’s his Pepper Potts when in reality she’s just the proverbial Somebody That He Used To Know. — from Some hopes and dreams for The Dark Knight Rises.

I’m not trying to say that Bruce Wayne shouldn’t have manpain — manpain is more or less the entire purpose and driving force of the Batman story, after all — but Chris Nolan has proven time and time again that while he understands how to make his protagonists cry sad tears because their girlfriends are dead, he’s kind of useless when it comes to making audiences do the same thing. — from Some hopes and dreams for The Dark Knight Rises.

I’m not trying to say that Bruce Wayne shouldn’t have manpain — manpain is more or less the entire purpose and driving force of the Batman story, after all — but Chris Nolan has proven time and time again that while he understands how to make his protagonists cry sad tears because their girlfriends are dead, he’s kind of useless when it comes to making audiences do the same thing. — from Some hopes and dreams for The Dark Knight Rises.