Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Why we go to movies?

My Dark Knight hangover still hasn't worn off. As, I mentioned in the previous post about the movie, that each viewer probably came out of the movie theater feeling something unique and special. Some were probably awestruck by the Joker's social commentary and understanding of our social dynamics, others by the righteousness of Batman, reaffirming our faith in humanity.

I know, I shouldn't be taking a superhero movie this seriously, but I think it is a very rare occurrence where a movie has both the so-called popcorn entertainment and a social message.

Here is a Freudian quote which explains the relationship between the cinegoers and films, and perhaps my own reaction to this particular movie.

The spectator is a person who experiences too little, who feels that he is a ‘poor wretch to whom nothing of importance can happen,’ who has long been obliged to damp down, or rather displace, his ambition to stand in his own person at the hub of world affairs. He longs to feel and to act and to arrange things according to his desires — in short, to be a hero. And the playwright and actor enable him to do this by allowing him to identify himself with a hero. They spare him something, too. For the spectator knows quite well that actual heroic conduct such as this would be impossible for him without pains and sufferings and acute fears, which would almost cancel out the enjoyment.