TASTE & POWER

“Wait’ll They Get A Load Of Me.”

Posted in Art, Film, Politics, Religion, self help by oldmandub on July 23, 2008

When Heath Ledger died back in January I probably mourned with little more than a shrug. I hadn’t jumped on the bandwagon to see him play a star-crossed gay cowboy. While a bunch of people went out to see I’m Not There, I wasn’t there. And I think there were at least ten things I found distasteful with Ten Things I Hate About You. However, after seeing his version of The Joker in The Dark Knight I now see there’s plenty to be sad about.

While credit is certainly owed to Christopher Nolan for writing the extraordinary dialogue that Mr. Ledger clearly relished in, his was more than acting. It was the disappearance of an actor into words on paper only to reemerge as an icon that graced us with an obliterating blow to all other possible and existing performances of The Joker. This Joker personified those moments at rock bottom some of us have when we say, “Fuck it. One day our star will engulf any residue of humanity anyway.” These moments are potential gateways to absolute freedom. The kind of freedom that is knowing that we are going to die some day and that nothing matters except in what it means to us here and now. Knowing that our manmade institutions and concepts are stifling to what we truly can be. These moments can be chilling and thankfully most of us seem to crawl our way out. Nonetheless I found his performance serene.

Heath Ledger’s The Joker is Taste and Power, in the way that I wish I could have it. He has the taste for anarchy and the power of an “agent of chaos.” In January I shrugged. But after seeing The Dark Knight I truly miss a man I never knew.

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  1. chris said, on July 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    He was pretty good. So was jack nicholson.

  2. Chris said, on July 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    also…and maybe this is just me but I thought Christian Bale’s over exaggerated “manly man” batman voice was distracting and silly. I like him as batman, don’t get me wrong, but the voice needs to be toned down a little bit. I found it hard to take him serious at times. Oh oh, and the way they did two face’s face was retarded. we’re supposed to believe a guy is walkin’ around with his exposed eyeball that magically isn’t drying out and that he still talks normal even though half of his fucking face is gone? Harvey is a pimp too if he could still function with the amount of pain, shock, and blood loss that comes with having your face FUCKING BURNED OFF!!!! again…silly.

  3. LadyHam said, on July 23, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I was already on my way to see it but I wish i could say it was your beautiful prose that was the inspiration.


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