Addicted2Movies wrote:Nolan's Batman films give me a bit of a Shakespearean vibe...I think the explicit exposition complements the style quite well.
I disagree. It's actually jarring for me in TDK when there are such explicit exposition scenes considering how realistic and grounded the rest of the film tries to be.
I agree with Addicted2Movies, these movies are going for a "Shakespearean" tone. A universe grounded in both realism and the fantastical. George, these movies aren't trying to be realistic at all - I wish more people could grasp the difference between a hightend reality and trying to be realistic. Not the same at all. Nothing about Batman Begins or The Dark Knight point to a franchise going for authenticity, they're just grounded in a reality so we care about what's going on and what happens to the characters. Stuff like a powerful microwave emitter, designed to vaporize water, Isn't that
far fetched, but sure as hell not realistic. Same can be said about a lot in these movies - and It's the right approach for Batman.
That's why complaining about some of these "unrealistic" thing is so utterly
And the line "You either die the hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." if fucking gold. You won't find multilayerd lines like that in any other comic-book movie. If that isnt "shakespearean", I don't know what is. It taps more into the thematic values than being exposition, and it's very, very memorable.. It's the classic Citizen Kane move of introducing something early in a film and then bring it back later with more importance or a different context. Nolan does that A LOT, and he is the best at it. The best.