Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Dark Knight

Today, I feel writing on 2 topics. One is the Cyber Laws, because I read something about Google being sued in the Bombay High Court, and the other is on Dark Knight, because I just watched the movie yesterday. But since my previous 2 posts have been a bit on the technical side so let me defer the idea of cyber laws for the time being and take up the Dark Knight.

I am not going to write about the story etc. There is a something in the movie which was very peculiar and I know that many people have noticed that. I am talking about the relation between Joker and Batman, especially the last conversation between them when Joker was hung on the building by Batman. Joker said that they share a special relationship. 'When an irresistible force meets an immovable object', its a classical paradox and this how Joker described his relationship with Batman. Interesting! Indeed very interesting. He said that Batman won't kill Joker and Joker too on his side will never kill Batman, because they are necessary for each others survival: they are same. I can relate the same thing to many of the classic movies I have watched like the Star Wars which brought out the concept of Force which had both, dark and bright side. But this took me back to my engineering days when over the dinner we friends used to have heated arguments :) and on one such instance Amit, Chintan and I were at loggerheads with Amit and Chintan on one side and me on the other and we were discussing the relationship between Hindus and Muslims (the evergreen time pass hot topic to discuss :). Time pass because you know you can never reach a conclusion but still you discuss just for the sake of it). We were discussing Gujarat riots when at one point I said kill Muslims today and when all Muslims will be killed then you will find some other thing to fight and then inter caste fight will start and then kill each other on the basis of caste and then something else. To this one of them said, "Thats how the world is. Human needs the existence of opposite for its own existence. It needs someone and something to fight against else it can't survive!" Well this is the very true, isn't it? Consider this. We say that God is almighty. He/she is above all, the most powerful. Then why does the devil exists? If God is most powerful then why don't he/she eliminate the devil completely once and for all? The reason is the same. God needs an opposite force for his/her own existence. I mean, how do you call something white when there is no black, something good when there is no bad, something sweet when there is no sour, something bright when there is no dark! It is the essence of everything.

The ending of the movie is also very good. This is because its about the selflessness of the true hero. Well, not a hero but a guardian angle. Just ponder over this: Batman took the blame of all the killings by the other person to keep the image of the hero alive in the eyes of the people because heroes are infallible. Its the matter of people's faith and he stood to protect that at the cost of himself. He didn't want to be a hero himself, but he is always there to protect Gotham. I liked the closing dialogue which Jim Gordon made, "Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a Dark Knight." Just think over it, it says a lot of thing :)


Ujj said...

why so serious !

Aakash said...

arre nahin.... This is all bakar... time pass ;)

Amavis said...

Well said yaar.. I was also pondering over it since I saw the movie.
It is humans only who become heroes and devils. There are no permanent heroes and villains. They are just names given to roles.