Benedict Hadley

Benedict Hadley

Contributing writer for The Artifice.

Junior Contributor II

  • Articles
    1
  • Featured
    0
  • Comments
    3
  • Ext. Comments
    3
  • Processed
    0
  • Revisions
    0
  • Topics
    1
  • Topics Taken
    0
  • Notes
    2
  • Topics Proc.
    0
  • Topics Rev.
    0
  • Points
    184
  • Rank
    X
  • Score
    79

    Latest Articles

    Latest Topics

    2

    An Exploration of 'Real World' Concerns in Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy

    To what extent do the films in Nolan’s Batman trilogy engage with 21st century anxieties, and how are they aligned within the Batman myth? After exploring the origins story, Nolan decided to place the character within a contemporary framework. How was he influenced by previous interpretations, and what do the films say about American attitudes towards crime? Possible themes: vigilante justice, crime prevention, state control, corporate guilt.

    • There is also an interesting amount of political/economical systems portrayed within the movies. For example the first movie, with Raz Al Gual (sorry if that's miss-spelt) we have him try to put totalitarian rule over Gotham, and an attack on democracy for the greater good. In the second movie, the Joker's actions could be said to follow the anarchist philosophy. And in the last, Gotham is placed in a state of Marxism, with the leaders and wealthy cast out and the poor rise up and take control. – Thomas Sutton 5 years ago
      0
    • Great question!!! I was quite surprised by the villain Bain whose role almost seemed to portray the Wall Street Occupy movement as in error. Definitely a comment on corporate greed. But at least a blockbuster movie did not try to have a holier than thou attitude about making money. – Munjeera 5 years ago
      0
    • I've always found the most troubling, and as a result, fascinating, element of this kind in those films is the moment in 'The Dark Knight' when Batman creates the Gotham-wide sonar reader, in order to catch the Joker. That's an absolutely humongous infringement of civil liberties, which Fox states quite clearly when he's shown the machine. It echoes very much the actions taken by Western governments in the heat of the War on Terror. And yet, without it, Batman probably wouldn't have found the Joker in time to save the ferries, and countless civilians would have been murdered. Was the massive intrusion into Gotham citizens' private lives vindicated by Batman's saving of the ferries? Is it better to live compromised, safer lives or pure, free ones which carry a far greater risk of terrorism? There's a quotation from Benjamin Franklin which reads roughly: 'Those who sacrifice liberty for security will in the end enjoy neither.' I think they're wise words, and probably true, but this debate, exemplified most in 'The Dark Knight' but present in the other two movies two, is one with no easy answers. – J.P. Shiel 4 years ago
      0

    Sorry, no tides are available. Please update the filter.

    Latest Comments

    Benedict Hadley

    I think this is such an important debate, and you make some valid points about the representation of queer characters in mainstream media. As you stated western society has progressed significantly in it’s views towards gay relationships in the western world, but unfortunately a lot of outmoded views are still widespread. TV and Film is a valuable tool to combat this, and not enough is being done.

    That said, I haven’t noticed the ‘queer death’ tendency myself, and believe that positive representations of gay and lesbian characters are breaking through (Doctor Who, Transparent).

    Queer Death in Media: Drawing Attention to the Bloodshed
    Benedict Hadley

    I think you nailed it. I was really disappointed with Spectre, it was too long and wanted to have it both ways. It should have either gone for straightforward thrills or stuck to the ‘revisionist’ version of Bond that Craig’s interpretation gave us.

    Why was Spectre a Disappointment?
    Benedict Hadley

    I think Walter White’s character works in the same way as Henry Hill in GoodFellas or Tony in the Sopranos. They value there own family’s security over everything else, but with Walter he is also consumed by his own success. As his meth business became bigger and bigger, at what point should he have stopped? As he said in the last episode, he “enjoyed” doing it.

    Breaking Bad: The Appeal of Walter White