My wife and I saw the latest Batman movie tonight. It was quite a ride! All the buzz about Heath Ledger as the Joker was accurate - he gave a chilling, creepy performance, making his tragic death earlier this year all the more ironic.
Besides all the theatrics, pyrotechnics, fight scenes, chase scenes, and other scary moments, there were a few strong hints of the gospel scattered throughout the movie. In one particular scene, two ferryboats full of people get to decide whether or not to pull the trigger on each other in order to save themselves. I'll let you see the movie to find out what happens, but the scene poses the age-old dilemma whether, given the opportunity, we would choose to let an innocent person (or in this case, many people) die to save our own skin. Just the fact that they consider doing it reveals what the human heart is like. According to Jeremiah, the heart is sinful and beyond cure. We have to have a heart change to love others unselfishly.
There are other pieces of redemption in the film but since many of you probably have yet to see it, I'm not going to spoil it for you.
One thing I do wonder, though, is why there is such a plethora of superhero movies out there these days. They are big-budget action thrillers that get us all excited and earn a ton of money. But we know the bad guys are going to lose out in the end. The movies pretty much all tell the same story. So why do we like them so much? Are we so devoid of real-life heroes that we need a constant stream of computer-assisted super-humans to satisfy our need for deliverance? Or is it just the special effects, music, and costumes that we enjoy?
Personally, I prefer the quieter independent films that have a creative story and real human beings doing the acting, without a lot of help from special effects departments.