Filmmaker tries to convince you Dark Knight was a confusing mess

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 15, 2012

Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight is widely considered to be among the finest superhero movies ever made. It won a handful of Oscars. It's a masterpiece in most respects. So why are its action scenes so randomly, oddly confusing? One filmmaker pulls back the curtain to explain where Nolan went wrong.

In examining The Dark Knight's prison-van assault sequence—in which the Joker tries to kill Harvey Dent and goes through an armored convoy and the Batman to do it—filmmaker and critic Jim Emerson isn't quite as entertaining in his dissection as the Red Letter Media guys were while eviscerating the Star Wars prequels, but he gets the job done.

In the Cut, Part I: Shots in the Dark (Knight) from Jim Emerson on Vimeo.

Some may cry heresy; what's the point in criticizing one of the few legitimately great comic-book-based movies? The point is simple: Movies are, in great part, the language of our popular culture. Understanding how and why they work—and, in some cases, work despite themselves—is just learning to speak that language.

(via Salon)

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