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The Captain Rises Above

So I kinda trailed off last week. I got really busy at work, and when I had some spare time all I wanted to write about was my excitement over the midnite show of The Dark Knight Rises. So I figured it was best to just wait till I saw the film and then gush about it on Friday. Obviously that plan changed rather quickly.
Attending the midnite premiere was an amazing experience. Ever since my Uncle Paul took my sister and I to the midnite show of the original Tim Burton version in 1988, Batman premieres have always been one of my favorite events. This time around I scored IMAX tickets for midnite at the Chesterfield AMC. I could tell right away that I was in for a fun nite. The theater was already packed at ten after eleven. The whole crowd was busy snapping pictures of a group of ten people in character costumes. Batman and Robin were surrounded by a gallery of classic villains, including a very frightening Joker and a hilariously creative Mr. Freeze. I managed to snap a pic with the Penguin.



By the time the film began the crowd was in a frenzy. The cheers were loud and often throughout the film, and for good reason. The Dark Knight Rises is probably the most satisfying ending to a film trilogy ever. The plot was dense but still wildly entertaining, the visuals were as striking as the first two films, and the surprise twists were still surprising. My only disappointment was that the film had to end. I left the theatre exhausted from all of the excitement. I got home around 3:30 am and started to post a picture on Facebook of the free poster I received on the way out of the theater, but I was too tired to finish. That turned out to be a good decision, as you can see.



I woke up around 7:30 to the horrible news. I was shocked, especially because I didn’t hear anything about it before going to bed despite some late nite web surfing. I was only asleep 4 hours when the news broke, and it hit me like a brick. What a terrible tragedy. So senseless.
While these kinds of tragedies are commonplace in America lately, it still rattles me every time. At least this time the media’s response has been more measured than in the past. I’ve seen surprisingly little inappropriate blame on the television since Friday. Mostly just stunned faces professing their sorrow.
I was also glad to see so many people refuse to let some cowardly lunatic prevent them from watching this wonderful film. My buddy @DanFjord even made the 10pm report on NewsChannel 5 for attending the film.

I feel lucky that I attended the midnite premiere so I was able to enjoy the film without thinking about that spineless psychopath out in Colorado. I hope that selfish prick rots in jail for the rest of his life. He wasn’t able to ruin this wonderful film for me, and he’s shouldn’t ruin it for you either. Go see The Dark Knight Rises, as I’m dying to talk about it without any fear of spoilers!

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