I’m an aspiring filmmaker. Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way. This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever. Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…
The Dark Knight
Before I get into the greatest comic book movie of all time, let me first explain how much I respect Christopher Nolan and his talented approach to filmmaking.
I suppose my opening statement pretty much sums up my feelings on the director but when you create The Dark Knight and Inception back to back in addition to movies like Memento and Batman Begins, you’re on a roll.
I still get chills when I see that trailer. I had never been so excited to see a movie in my entire life. For over a year, my friends and I searched the web for any and all news regarding the Caped Crusaders next adventure.
I got to the theater at nine o’clock to catch the first showing at midnight on opening day. My friends and I waited in line for 3 hours. The entire time, I couldn’t believe that I was finally going to see it. The amount of hype The Dark Knight generated was truly incredible. It helps that Christopher Nolan and company created one of the best viral marketing campaigns of all time. Inception is another example of their talent for promotion.)
Could this be a defining moment in film history?
Pretty lofty expectations to put on a film I’d never seen.
Not only did The Dark Knight live up to the hype, it dominated my brain for more than two hours and left me speechless.
- Did I just see that?
- How good was that movie!
- I can’t wait to see it again!
So I went the following afternoon with another friend of mine to see it again. I simply couldn’t wait. I literally got home around 3 am, took a nap, woke up, ate a meal and went back to the movies.
The Dark Knight is THE reason why I’m obsessed with movies in the first place. It’s the magic of anticipating something you’ve never seen before. There really is nothing like sitting in a crowded theater and being blown away by an amazing story.
It’s the reason I want to become a filmmaker. What I wouldn’t give to be able to tell a story like that. A story that leaves you wide eyed and ready to tell everyone you know that they absolutely HAVE to see it.
The Dark Knight is a perfect example of what summer blockbusters should be. Not only is it the best superhero movie of all time but many people rank it high on the list of gangster films as well.
Christopher Nolan’s follow up changed the superhero genre as a result. If you read movie news regularly you’ve already seen a new trend emerging.
There are tons of studio heads and producers demanding gritty movies like The Dark Knight. Movies need to be darker and grounded in reality.
It’s a style that isn’t easily emulated but I’m willing to play along.
The bar has been raised high enough now that every comic book adaptation will be compared to the quality of The Dark Knight.
It’s that good!
I have a theory that is especially true in the case of aspiring filmmakers:
- What kind of sense of humor they have.
- Their favorite color.
- What frightens them them.
The Dark Knight is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. Since I saw it, it has influenced nearly every choice I’ve made in my own screenwriting. I keep thinking about how I HAVE to work harder and evolve. I have to practice and get better at my craft.
The art of storytelling is easy to accomplish but difficult to master. I consider myself lucky to have heroes like Christopher Nolan and his remarkable ability to tell entertaining and thought provoking stories that are just… Cool.
That’s the magic of going to the movies. I love being excited in theaters. I’ll see anything once but it’s EVENTS like The Dark Knight that I look forward to the most.
Sitting in that theater was one of the most inspiring moments of my life.
Sounds like a pretty intense statement to make but it was. I set some pretty high goals for myself that night. I will not state that someday I’ll write something like The Dark Knight. (How arrogant is that?)
I’m simply stating that I’ll never stop trying.
In the mean time, I’ll always be on the lookout for another inspirational film like The Dark Knight.