Here’s a movie that can’t win. We’ve already had the definitive Batman. Unforgettable scenes are already in our heads. Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his immortal turn as the ultimate villain. There is no way to top The Dark Knight. No reason, ever, to want to go back; unless, of course, you count money. And it’s fair to say, the one thing new movie doesn’t lack is adequate funds. Bruce Wayne goes bankrupt in this film, in what could be read as an in-joke about exorbitant costs. The Dark Knight Rises is bigger in every way than its predecessor. But you can’t buy lightning in a bottle. No paycheque will bring Heath Ledger back. As Bane, the muscle-bound new villain has to learn, there are limits to bulk.
America is a no-good boyfriend to the world: sexy, dangerous, and narcissistic. America’s enemies are the world’s less attractive friends. And the U.N. is, I guess, yo’ momma. This helps explain why the world is in the state it’s in. We all know America is crazy; a nation of gun-nuts with blood on its hands. But that loose cannon persona is hot. There’s no denying it. Sensible countries, like Canada, don’t set the heart racing. You could marry Canada, but America will always be the country that turns heads. The new movie, This Means War, only makes sense because it’s American. Romance and violence don’t mix so well in other nations. In America, they’re inseparable. This is why loving America is so likely to get you hurt.