Thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises: John Blake vs. Selina

Like many of you, I saw The Dark Knight Rises the first week it opened. While I didn’t think it met the standard set by its predecessor, The Dark Knight, I enjoyed it. (You can read my full movie review here.) I love Nolan’s Batman movies because they make us think about humanity.

Two characters caught my attention: John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Selina, aka Cat Woman (played by Anne Hathaway).

Blake grew up an orphan in a boys’ home that was funded by Wayne Enterprises. He admits to Bruce Wayne that he grew up angry at the way life had treated him. He also says he learned to hide his anger–the same he sees anger in Wayne’s eyes. When we see Blake, we meet a man who has overcome his past, resisted the temptation to turn to crime, and joined Gotham’s police force.

Selina is a different character altogether. The movie doesn’t give us much information about her past, but we know (as she admits to Wayne) that she turned to crime to survive. She wants a second chance, but her criminal record gets int the way. Her drive throughout the movie is to get a computer program that will erase her record and give her a clean slate. In short: she wants to do the right thing but feels like she can’t.

A few things I take from these characters:

  • We all have choices. Blake had a past just as difficult as Selina’s. He chose to do the right thing–even though he was angry at the world. Unlike Blake, Selina chose a life of crime that still haunts her. We can’t blame our bad choices on our circumstances (as much as I would love to…).
  • Blake had help. He had the boys’ home that helped keep him on the right track. Granted, not all the boys in the home made the same decisions he did, but the boy’s home helped. Some people need a hand up–be it from a family member or a friend or a charity. My husband and I were dealt a bad hand in this recession, and we could not have survived without help from our family. We each need to take a good assessment of our lives and ask ourselves: what are we doing to help others–be it emotionally, physically, or mentally? Some of us might not be in a position to help others, and that’s fine. However, many of us are blessed with the time and/or resources to offer others help. Find someone or something to pour yourself into. *SPOILER ALERT* You never know. You might be helping the next superhero. šŸ˜‰
  • Hope is the key. I will make an assumption that as a child, Blake saw a way out of his situation. Maybe he realized that his ticket out of the slums was to become a cop. Selina saw no way out. We don’t know her past. We don’t know if there were others around offering her help that she ignored or if she was truly alone. We can assume, however, that she lacked hope. She saw her only way out in the form of *SPOILER* a clean record, and she was willing to stoop to crime–to hurting Bruce Wayne–to get it.
  • We need to be willing to give people a second chance. *SPOILER ALERT* Batman gives Selina his trust and a second chance–at terrible risk to himself. The knowledge that Batman, the man she had betrayed, believed in her is probably one of the things that turned her around. If people have no hope of a second chance, they won’t try to make good choices.

Giving people second chances and a hand out and up can be inconvenient and even dangerous. I’ve seen people in my family get hurt because they extended a hand or a second chance to others and were taken advantage of. But I think that’s what Paul had in mind when he wrote in I Corinthians 13:7 about unconditional love, saying:Ā “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” It trusts when it probably shouldn’t. It hopes for a turnaround even if it’s unlikely. It preservers–it continues to love and reach out even when the other party isn’t responding.

I think that’s why unconditional love is also referred to as self-sacrificing love.

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The Writing Process: Part 2 – The Conflict

Hey everyone, check out my website where I wrote a blog about creating conflict in your writing. You can view the blog by clicking here!

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The Writing Process: Part 1 – Getting Your Inspiration

I blogged today about getting your inspiration in writing on my website: www.mbweston.com. Check it out by clicking here!

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The Final Cut in Movies: The Blind Side (10/23/11)

The Final Cut in Movies: Putting Science Fiction & Fantasy Center Stage

Final Cut Purple The Final Cut in Movies is a talk radio show about science fiction and fantasy movies I host that airs on WSBR 740 AM on the east coast of Florida. I also podcast the show each week on iTunes.

On this weekā€™s show, I’ll be discussing the movie The Blind Side, starring Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Lilly Collins, and Tim McGraw.

To listen to tonight’s show:

Fantasy novelist M. B. Weston is the author of The Elysian Chronicles, a fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason. Weston hosts The Final Cut in Movies, anĀ radio talk show about science fiction and fantasy movies that airs on 740 am WSBR.Ā TheĀ Final Cut in movies can also be heardĀ  on iTunes.Ā  Weston speaks to children, teens, and adults about writing and the process of getting published. For more information on M. B. Weston, visit www.mbweston.com. Find out more about The Elysian Chronicles at www.elysianchronicles.com.

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The Final Cut in Movies: Real Steel (10/09/11)

The Final Cut in Movies: Putting Science Fiction & Fantasy Center Stage

Final Cut Purple The Final Cut in Movies is a talk radio show about science fiction and fantasy movies I host that airs on WSBR 740 AM on the east coast of Florida. I also podcast the show each week on iTunes.

On this weekā€™s show, I’ll be discussing the movie Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, and Dakota Goyo.

To listen to tonight’s show:

Fantasy novelist M. B. Weston is the author of The Elysian Chronicles, a fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason. Weston hosts The Final Cut in Movies, anĀ radio talk show about science fiction and fantasy movies that airs on 740 am WSBR.Ā TheĀ Final Cut in movies can also be heardĀ  on iTunes.Ā  Weston speaks to children, teens, and adults about writing and the process of getting published. For more information on M. B. Weston, visit www.mbweston.com. Find out more about The Elysian Chronicles at www.elysianchronicles.com.

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The Final Cut in Movies: Abduction (10/02/11)

The Final Cut in Movies: Putting Science Fiction & Fantasy Center Stage

Final Cut Purple The Final Cut in Movies is a talk radio show about science fiction and fantasy movies I host that airs on WSBR 740 AM on the east coast of Florida. I also podcast the show each week on iTunes.

On this weekā€™s show, I’ll be discussing the movie Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins and Alfred Molina.

To listen to tonight’s show:

Fantasy novelist M. B. Weston is the author of The Elysian Chronicles, a fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason. Weston hosts The Final Cut in Movies, anĀ radio talk show about science fiction and fantasy movies that airs on 740 am WSBR.Ā TheĀ Final Cut in movies can also be heardĀ  on iTunes.Ā  Weston speaks to children, teens, and adults about writing and the process of getting published. For more information on M. B. Weston, visit www.mbweston.com. Find out more about The Elysian Chronicles at www.elysianchronicles.com.

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The Final Cut in Movies: Contagion (09/18/11)

The Final Cut in Movies: Putting Science Fiction & Fantasy Center Stage

Final Cut Purple The Final Cut in Movies is a talk radio show about science fiction and fantasy movies I host that airs on WSBR 740 AM on the east coast of Florida. I also podcast the show each week on iTunes.

On this weekā€™s show, I’ll be discussing the movie Contagion, starringĀ  Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gweneth Paltrow, and Jude Law.

To listen to tonight’s show:

Fantasy novelist M. B. Weston is the author of The Elysian Chronicles, a fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason. Weston hosts The Final Cut in Movies, anĀ radio talk show about science fiction and fantasy movies that airs on 740 am WSBR.Ā TheĀ Final Cut in movies can also be heardĀ  on iTunes.Ā  Weston speaks to children, teens, and adults about writing and the process of getting published. For more information on M. B. Weston, visit www.mbweston.com. Find out more about The Elysian Chronicles at www.elysianchronicles.com.

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