So, it’s been a few day since I saw the TDKR, and as I’ve had time to sift through it all, I’ve realised I do have quite a few issues with the thematic threads weaving through the whole mess. Most of this relates to Bane and his set up as, what initially appears to be, a character engaged in class warfare. Specifically leftist class warfare, with just a slight undertone of Jacobin red (okay no, who am I kidding it was a great big bucket of Jacobin red). The moment at the Stock Exchange was quite brilliant, until…
Until he turned into a warlord, a fascist dictator - and then, right at the end, a paragon of twisted devotion.
All the while undermining the critical, and controversial, message of economic and societal oppression that I thought Nolan was stepping up to present to audiences.
I think the root of my distress over this movie is the fact that there is such a wealth of material tucked in between all the explosions, chanting and guttural snarling, and by the end of the film, it seems to have been sidelined, ignored or dismissed.
Bane’s imposed class warfare would have been much more terrifying if he had believed in any of it himself.
This brilliant article does a far more effective job of sorting through the movie than I do. Read it.