Posted at 5:12 PM on July 15, 2008
by Euan Kerr
The other morning my nephew Geordie and I went to see an advanced screening of "The Dark Knight." The film seems to be the most anticipated release of the summer. As of this writing more than 700 shows across the country are already sold out,
Part of the anticipation is because of the late lamented Heath Ledger and the snippets of his portrayal of the Joker which have been sprinkled carefully in theaters for the last few months.
He is extraordinarily creepy, which has led to the concerns from some people as to "The Dark Knight's" PG13 rating. Some people feel it should be an R maybe.
After being engrossed in the tale for the 2 1/2 hours it takes to run, I asked Geordie, who just passed his 12th birthday what age it might be too young to see this film.
Now I asked the question in that state of discomfort which I have only experienced a number of times in my life, having encountered a work of art which questions the validity of our moral and society norms.
There was the time I read Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" back in the 80's which raised the questions of madness and superheroes, and whether Batman is in fact a sane individual. Then there were the experiences of "Pulp Fiction" and "Memento."
Now there is "The Dark Knight." I have to admit I was a little concerned about how Geordie would react to the film, but felt he was mature enough to handle it. After seeing the film I felt like I had recieeved an extraordinary emotional pummeling. So how would Geordie feel?
He mused about the question and then announced no-one under the age of 8 should see it. But otherwise it was no big deal.
So maybe things do get scarier as you grow older.