Christopher Nolan is a master filmmaker. This is obvious to me after seeing the conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Don’t worry this post isn’t about spoilers, but about sharing some underlying messages I took from this masterpiece.
First and foremost, there is evil in the world. And when it comes to true evil, there is no grey area, only black and white. It cannot be negotiated with. It cannot be trusted and it doesn’t care who stands in its way.
Evil produces greed in the world. But greed is not the sole possession of the rich wanting to amass more wealth. Greed is also not having and demanding from those who do have. Greed is wanting power for power’s sake. Greed is wanting to control what is uncontrollable. Essentially, greed is apart of all of us.
Evil hides behind narcissism. We all have so much to lose. No matter wealth, career or even life, when faced with losing it, we default to our survival instincts and will do anything to save ourselves.
But, evil cannot exist alone. Just as there cannot be rich without poor or power without weakness, you cannot have evil without good. And good is what stands in contrast to everything wrong in the world today. So even though we as humans are inherently evil, we often desire for good to lurk its “ugly” head.
And that is why we love film experiences like Christopher Nolan has produced.
Now go see this movie.