Originally Posted by Brain Damage
Parallels like that really make me believe that a truly amazing film lies somewhere in TDKR. But instead we got a film made off a script that clearly needed at least another draft or two to polish up and weave the story fluidly.
Although, the point of my post was to illustrate the subtext and symbolism that was in play in TDKR. Subtext doesn't need to be developed, that's why it's subtext. It's the kind of stuff that shouldn't be spelled out, but enriches the story. All three films have plenty of it. I think TDKR was the most densely packed with it though, and placed more trust in the audience to interpret it as a means of understanding the story. This made the film a much more mythological experience for me.
That's not to say a smoother version of this movie, with these themes, can't exist. It certainly can. It would just be a lot longer than the film we got.