Steve T Power wrote:I still think the screenplay is a tad too bloated... The Chinese businessman and the Shanghai roadtrip are totally unnecessary and could have easily been trimmed without missing a beat. The "big brother" metaphor with the cel phone sonar and Freeman's hissy fit about personal privacy also still stick out like a sore thumb in what was otherwise a damn awesome crime drama disguised as a superhero flick.
Steve T Power wrote:The Chinese businessman and the Shanghai roadtrip are totally unnecessary and could have easily been trimmed without missing a beat.
Dan Mancini wrote:Steve T Power wrote:The Chinese businessman and the Shanghai roadtrip are totally unnecessary and could have easily been trimmed without missing a beat.
No, Steve, just no. The roadtrip a) establishes why the mob would hire the Joker (he knew what was going to happen before it did), b) is one of the key components in how Nolan conceptualizes Batman and Joker as opposite sides of the same coin: Both function outside of the law, both are dedicated to overturning the established order (the difference being that the established order Batman tilts at is the tacit agreement between cops, politicians, and organized crime to allow rampant corruption in Gotham), and c) reinforces the idea that, in operating outside the law, Bruce Wayne has put himself on a slippery slope. Plus, it's just a kickass sequence. And I like that, on the one hand, I was happy to see that smug money laundering sumbitch get what was coming to him; while on the other hand, I was disturbed that a police commissioner and district attorney teamed with a masked vigilante to blatantly violate international law -- that tension is intentional, I think.
So, the scene simultaneously advances the plot, buttresses the movie's themes, and delivers some enjoyable action. What more can you ask? It's sequences like the roadtrip that make The Dark Knight significantly better than nearly every other superhero flick ever made.
Steve T Power wrote:All I got from it was that it was an excuse for a cool action sequence.
Steve T Power wrote:It also breaks one of the cardinal rules: NEVER take Batman out of Gotham.
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