As I promised on Friday, here are my thoughts on The Dark Knight. I have seen it 3 times and enjoyed it each time. If you have not seen it and want to…STOP READING THIS POST. I would recommend the movie to anyone over the age of about 11 or 12. Some of the themes would be troubling for younger kids.
In the Joker I see similarities with Satan. For him, terrorism and chaos are not a means to an end, but rather an end in themselves. Joker looks for every opportunity to arouse the evil and bad behavior in each person he meets. By the way, Heath Ledger did a great job as an actor in this movie.
I see commentary on Man in Harvey Dent’s character. He never really leaves himself a choice until he is aroused and awakened to do evil. In a similar way, the Bible says we can only sin prior to coming to faith in Christ, we really don’t have much of a choice. Once a person is a follower of Jesus, we still sin but now it is by our choice to sin. In the crowds of people on the boats, It is evident that man can do the right thing, if given the right example to follow. We have an example to follow in the person of Jesus Christ. Instead of following what we want, or what we think would be best, we can follow Christ.
I see some parallels in Jesus in Batman. Now be sure, this movie is no Christian Allegory. But Batman sets a worthy example to follow for people to stand up for truth and what is right. Batman also sacrifices himself for the good of Gotham. Jesus gave His very life so that we could have our sins forgiven and the opportunity for a relationship with Him.
Again, not pushing the analogy too far, but some thoughts of a believer who has seen the same movie 3 times within 2 weeks!