Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What I Do

"It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."
~ Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan

I have been thinking about this post for a while and still don't think that I have a good way of discussing my thoughts on the horrible shooting in Aurora, Colorado this past Friday.  What is there to say other than to wish love, sympathy, and healing to the victims and their families?  Because I cannot possibly begin to understand what they are going through.  So here it is, heartfelt despite its unoriginality: you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

I have been watching as nearly every news program on television procedes to report and cover this story to death (pardon the wording).  Searching for some new take on the event, I found myself considering this quote from the first of Christopher Nolan's three Batman films.  This is the exact lens through which the nation is judging the shooter, James Holmes.  He will no longer be remembered as that quite kid who liked video games, or the graduate student studying neuroscience, but as a crazy, blood thirsty shooter.  Not that I am arguing for his innocence or general goodness, but I think its tragic and fairly selfish that this is what he decided he wanted to be remembered by.  Holmes will be forever immortalized as the shooter in "the movie massacre," and his family will have to live with that everyday.

I can only hope that this event does not completely eclipse the spectacular phenomenon that is The Dark Knight Rises.  It was a brilliant movie that I would still suggest seeing.  The cast and acting are simply phenomenal; even though this is a movie about Batman, it feels more like an ensemble cast than a leading role and his supporting cast.  The action sequences are stunning, and yet there is also quite a bit of character development and plot for a "blockbuster" thriller.

To the families in Aurora, keep your chins up.  It will get better with time.  To true fans of the Nolan trilogy, do not be deterred.  To paraphrase from the film, we should not let fear rule us.

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