The Dark Knight Rises, Seriously
Chris Nolan on Chris Nolan:
Prior to the film’s release when test audiences reported difficulty understanding the character, Nolan loftily informed the studio that he would only consider changing the audio slightly because, as one executive said, “Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn’t dumb things down. You’ve got to pedal faster to keep up.” (Via)
The same words in reference to a book would be considered an advanced case of elitism. We’ve come to the point now that movies can be simultaneously more portentous and more self-serious than anything else while still functioning as our primary populist entertainment form. This would be an impressive feat, if the movies themselves were better.