Why I Might Not Go See ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ In Theaters

I’ve decided I might not go see the new Batman movie in theaters.

This is a weird thing for me to say being I’d been looking forward to this movie since I heard about it coming out. (I even marked it on my calendar back in November for its release).

Recently, however, my perspective on things has shifted.

Two nights ago I was talking to Antonia about things in life that we place too much importance on, like cellphones and the internet, and this movie came up.

“I’m not going to see it in theaters,” She said to me.

“Why?” I asked

“Because its not worth it,” was her reply.

At first I was shocked. “What!” I thought, “Not worth it? Its like the most anticipated movie of the summer!”

For the past two days, however, her words have been replaying in my mind.  As I thought about them, and replayed them, over and over again, I realized something: this movie, in the scheme of life, does not matter.

It is not important.

It might entertain us for 2 hours and 40 minutes, but in the end it will not change our lives. Odds are we won’t be telling stories about it to our grand kids. We won’t build a life philosophy off of it (or at least I hope not). It might excite us or disappoint us, but in the end it will only excite or disappoint us for a fleeting moment.

There are things that matter more: face-to-face conversations; adventures; words written; love given; friendships; shared moments; sketches drawn; days embraced; laughter; joy; hope; etc…

Those are the things I’d rather have. Because the truth is: I don’t want to escape, I want to experience the life before me and dig dig deep for its beauty.

So will I see the movie in theaters? I’m not sure yet. But I do know that if I do see it, it will be with a renewed perspective.

What are your thoughts?


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About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

5 responses to “Why I Might Not Go See ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ In Theaters”

  1. charlesohitsthatguy says :

    Reblogged this on charlesohitsthatguy and commented:
    Woahh…that is quite interesting though. The Dark Knight Rises is a film, a means of entertainment; I understand what is meant by “an escape from reality” but it is there to be enjoyed,really.

    • thestorymovement says :

      I’m not saying its wrong to watch a movie, or that that Dark Knight Rises isn’t entertainment (cause it clearly is)… this post is simply a personal understanding of how I’ve so often viewed movies and about making sure I don’t prioritize movies over more important things in life… thanks for your thoughts and for the reblog man!

  2. Evan R. says :

    I agree to an extent (granted I won’t be seeing it because I have no time to). Movies in my case have had a huge impact on my life that literally determined paths and courses for it. For instance, because I saw Black Hawk Down in the theaters with my Young Life leader, I set out to enlist in the military which for 8 years brought me to where I am now. That is definitely a grandchildren story 🙂 The Dark Knight Rises though? Maybe not grandchildren worthy but the experience in itself generates creative excitement and inspiration in a lot of us.

    • thestorymovement says :

      Yeah, I understand that things can come out of movies that shape the way we view things, and engage things… I guess what I’m saying is that the movie itself is not important… sometimes there underlying themes and values that are important and drive us, but the hype of the movie… that’s something that will never last… thanks for your comments man! I always appreciate them!

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