Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Joker Devotional

Every time the Joker was on screen, my insides were thrilled. I found myself moving my tongue briskly in my mouth, just to see how he did it. He must have practiced that one trait for days; I hadn't nearly perfected it by the end of the two and a half hour film.

The Joker was the reason I loved and hated the film. Without him, it wouldn't have had much depth. But the depth that he provided was one I wasn't willing to take in; I left feeling more compelled by darkness than by any shred or subliminal theme of goodness. I left feeling like goodness was the surface, simple cover up for the greater reality of evil.

There was one monologue in particular, near the end, when the Joker is talking about chaos. I remember the essence of it, if not a few direct quotes:

No one is fearful of anything that fits into the plan, "even if the plan is terrible." If it were announced that a truck of soldiers was going to blow up tomorrow, you wouldn't panic. There would be no chaos, because it fits into 'the plan.' But threaten "one little mayor..." and suddenly there is chaos. Because things aren't going according to plan.

This is why I hated the movie: the personification of pure evil was the most clear thinking and insightful character. Because he's right.

My fears all revolve around those things that are out of my control. I don't truly fear things like failure, because I feel like failure and success are within my control; I would regret failure, but I do not fear it. The things that I fear: death of a loved one, physical pain, being tied down and tickled, my own death.... these are the things that I can't control.

The Joker only confirmed what I already knew, even before I sat to watch The Dark Knight.

To release myself from fear is to release my control. And when I truly submit myself to the Lord and His will, I am free of the chaos waiting just outside my own plan.


Anonymous said...

we just watched it tonight.
i'm not sure why but i cried.
about his life. his daughter.
it could also be the pregnancy hormones.

its no wonder he couldn't sleep.

i know thats not what you were
writing about.. but this seemed the
safest and most appropriate place
to voice the sadness i found came
over me as the movie went on.

Laura_Ashley said...

Bravo Joy. This environment reminds me of the ghosts of xanga and what I loved about it. I am excited to write my thoughts as well.

As for your blog.. I loved the movie purely for its entertainment (and the fact that I am a comic nerd) value. On a deeper scale, yes, the Joker did personify that which is truly evil. A person whose root has no true motive, aside from causing pain on those around him. I also read the other comment on your blog.. and it also makes sense. Heath Ledger was a method actor, one who immerses himself in his roles. Jack Nicholson warned him against taking the roll, but he did and it may or may not have been a contributing factor in his untimely death.

This speaks to the depth in which evil lives, should one give it a place to root a foundation...