Second Viewing of "The Dark Knight" Gives Thematic Insight

When the initial high from the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight" wore off last night, I decided to go see the film for a second time. There aren't many films I've seen multiple times in the theater, and while "The Dark Knight" met all the requirements of being entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and a visual masterpiece of special effects, costuming and makeup, it also delivered something more. Watching it for the first time on Thursday night, I tried to take everything in at once, but director Christopher Nolan included so many different motivations, twists, and battles both interior and exterior in each of the characters that it was nearly impossible. By the end of the film the first time around, I was in awe of the performances and the story and ready to see it again. It's not often that a director delivers a film that leaves audiences satisfied but at the same time wanting more.

When I went back to the theater last night for my second viewing, I was able to take in more nuances in the dialogue and action that overwhelmed me during the initial screening. In short, the second viewing was a richer experience. Since I knew what was coming, I focused less on the 'whats' and more on the 'whys.' I planned on writing a follow-up review of sorts, something along the lines of "I was drunk with excitement on Thursday and I've now realized the film isn't perfect." And though the film isn't perfect - perhaps a little too long, a little too wordy in parts, and Batman's gargling-with-gravel voice gets on my nerves - it certainly doesn't deserve to be torn apart. "The Dark Knight" is a masterpiece of the comic book genre and more than just a solid entry into the cinema as a whole. So instead, I decided to delve into the moral and psychological themes present in the film.

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