Thursday, July 07, 2005

Thursday's Cultural Item #1

The superhero movies, most of which have been grand productions over the years, have consistently left me flat- with one notable exception: the first Christopher Reeve Superman film.

I have consistently ignored the Batman movies, especially as they have increasingly featured the darker side of the Bruce Wayne character. Now it turns out that I'll want to see the current Batman film, thanks to a Washington Post review.

'Batman' flies right for some
Movie about the comic-book hero resonates with libertarians, others.
... "Batman Begins" has become something of a cult hit among fans of free markets, individualism and Ayn Rand, among other things. Perform a cursory Google search with the terms "Batman Begins" and "capitalism," for instance, and you come up with a blogosphere love-fest, with conservative and especially libertarian commentators praising the film's pro-business, anti-statist themes.

David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, saw "Batman Begins" recently at the encouragement of a friend at the Objectivist Center, which according to its Web site champions "reason, individualism, freedom and achievement."

Looks like a trip to the multi-plex is in order! I will keep in mind that one pro-capitalism think tank, the Ludwig von Mises Institute has written it's own review, warning that the film does not live up to the Post's hype. All the more reason to see for myself.

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