“My whole thing is that I saw ‘The Dark Knight’. I feel like I’m dumb because I feel like I don’t get how many things that are so smart. It’s like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I’m like, ‘That’s not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.’ I loved ‘The Prestige’ but didn’t understand ‘The Dark Knight’. Didn’t get it, still can’t tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I’m like, ‘I get it. This is so high brow and so [expletive] smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.’ You know what? [Expletive] DC comics. That’s all I have to say and that’s where I’m really coming from.” >> Read the full interview.
I loved “Iron Man”, but this sounds like sour grapes to me. The story must be making perfect sense to a few people, as they have so far blown about $490 million on tickets. I believe “Iron Man” topped out at $320 million. As fun and entertaining as “Iron Man” was it was much more of a popcorn flash-bang film than “The Dark Knight”, which took a lot more risks than Downey’s film did.
I went to the latest Batman movie without much in the way of high expectations, as I don’t care a lot for the dark-for-dark’s-sake take that I was fearing it was going to embrace. Like I said in my review of the movie, it was plenty dark but it balanced it all with a great story, pacing, action, character development and some incredible performances by some actors playing parts that were anything but cartoonish. The most amazing part for me was that John Q. Public, not exactly known for their discriminating taste in films (Will Ferrell, anyone?) responded with a resounding stamp of approval. I would have expected the movie to get critical acclaim and do good but hardly outstanding box office numbers. It just goes to show if you have a good story and all the other elements to make an entertaining film, audiences will sit through the deep and dark themes.
Robert Downey Jr. sounds like a baby with those statements. Get over it, man… and get on to “Iron Man 2”!!
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