This is a rant!
Why make a Batman movie that’s not suitable for children – and show it all through the summer holidays? I have to admit that I haven’t seen it but I’ve read enough to know that I don’t want to – and I’m not very keen on my three boys watching it either. I’m getting some flak about that…. I used to enjoy Batman – the comic book ‘splats’ and ‘whallops’ were part of the charm. Surely modern film makers could update the format and still make it appeal to children and parents alike.
Actually, my rant isn’t just about the Dark Knight. I felt similarly about the most recent James Bond movie – Casino Royale – which I did watch. The opening scenes had some poor chap having his head smashed on the sinks in a public lavatory – it was far too graphic for me. And then there was the scene where Bond was having his balls flailed. It went on for ages. I much preferred it when Roger Moore was playing the role a bit more tongue in cheek, even though Pearce Brosnan was far more attractive! (Daniel Craig is not my type…)
I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to see more family friendly films. When we went to see Mamma Mia recently, the cinema was chock a block – we had to come back a second time to get in. And what a joyous film it was. Left the cinema feeling really good – although managed to restrain myself from dancing down the streets!
If film-makers want to make violent and menacing movies, they should focus on adult themes, rather than comic book characters. I’d like to enjoy taking my children to the cinema – rather than struggling to explain why I don’t want to go and see what many of their friends are watching. Down with the Dark Knight…..