Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Dark Knight

I intentionally didn't see this in the theater because I was so sad about Heath Ledger's death. We rented it last week but just barely got a chance to watch it tonight.

I cried.

Not because of the movie, but again ... sad about Heath Ledger.

As someone who suffers from depression, married to a person with bipolar disorder, I get mental illness. I am glad my "calling" isn't acting or anything like that -- I think dramatic and creepy roles would be such a temptation for me, but I KNOW what my limits are and I'd have to just not take those roles. I don't watch the news because of the drama and try not to read sad stories. Heck, there is classical music I don't play because of the emotion it brings out in me.

Yes, I do stick my head in the sand. Just call me an ostrich. :P

I'm not a movie star crusher or fanatic, just liked him and thought he was an incredibly talented actor. His role as The Joker was amazingly creepy, and I understand why he ended up crazy enough to need medication, and understand sometimes doctors just give meds instead of giving someone real help. As my sister put it, someone who is that brilliant in that way is probably a little crazy anyway. It just made me incredibly sad that they didn't HELP him and he ended up dying from the combination of medications in his system. I really don't believe it was a suicide.

And I'm sad all over again for his little girl.

As far as the movie itself goes, I loved it. Lots of good action, creepy villians, sadness, some funny lines ... but I will never watch it again.


MamaBear said...

i didn't cry. i can't start b/c i know i can't stop. too much baggage.

but my little boys loved the movie and i'm sure i'll see it many many times since they got it for christmas.

dangit, they're really not very little, are they?

steph k said...

yeah.... I love the movie, but I don't really like watching it... mostly because of the Joker - and knowing what it did to him. He was so brilliant.

I DID get it for Christmas though - but it's more of a "It should be in my collection next to Batman Begins" movie...

evitafjord said...

Did you see the article in the Ensign this month? I didn't really read it yet, just skimmed, but I want to go back and read it soon.

The Boob Nazi said...

When someone texted me and told me Heath Ledger was dead, I DIDN'T BELIEVE THEM! How could that happen?
It's just such a sad story. His poor daughter has to grow up without a daddy. So sad.
Amen on the depression angle. Ugh. I hate when people downplay it and say "Read the scriptures!" or stupid stuff like that because I'm just like, THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. Anyway, enough of my high horse.

stewbert said...

No, MB, they're not very little at 11-1/2 and 9. :)

steph, I don't know that i have seen batman begins, but i know we don't have it! lol.

EF, I'll have to go look for that article.

Julie, that's how my in-laws tried to get hubby to "treat" his bipolar. For years. Granted, it *helps* when he's reading and praying and doing the right things, but he still has periods he needs pharmaceutical help and he really needs to get back in therapy, but that's a whole 'nother post.