Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman
The Plot: Come on… If you don’t know… You shouldn’t be here…
My Thoughts: Christopher Nolan is a great director! Inception certainly cemented him as one of my heroes. I love Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. As someone who eats, lives and breaths comic books, I don’t think there are words to describe how truly excited I was for the final installment in Nolan’s trilogy. Another thing to take into consideration is how much I love BANE! I am a Bane fanatic. I have three favorite comic book characters, Dr Doom, Bane and Magneto. So I was super pumped to see Bane break the Bat! What I got was one of the most over hyped, overblown, disappointments of my life.
Now, don’t get me wrong! I love this film! I saw it twice in less than 24 hours. I sacrificed A LOT of sleep for this film! It’s not that The Dark Knight Rises is a bad film, it’s just that it’s nothing compared to the first two films in this series. This film has some of the worst exposition and use of flash backs I have seen in recent memory. Unlike the first two films, that have beautiful undercurrents of themes and sub-plots, that are explored to their fullest potential. The Dark Knight Rises just feels shallow.
There are some plot devices used, like, for example… A nuclear bomb. In a series that has been raised up with unique and creative writing, how is it that we fall back on a nuclear bomb? Another thing that was really poorly done was the so called ‘twist’ at the end. I don’t want to ruin it for the one person on the planet who hasn’t seen the film yet, so I won’t say what it is… It is one of the worst twists I have ever seen. It comes out of nowhere, in the middle of an action sequence, and completely breaks the flow of the ending of the film. It was shockingly bad for writers as good as the Nolan brothers.
The direction was stunning and the film certainly feels EPIC! I liked the action scenes, and the film still had the right amount of heart, brought mainly by Michael Caine, who was, I feel, in one of the best performances of his career! Bale brought it as a broken down Bruce Wayne and was fantastic! Hardy was fantastic as Bane and really made my fan-boy dreams come true! Plus he’s so handsome… Even under that mask… I mean Ahh- Anne Hathaway was great as Catwoman! I really loved it! I’m a big Catwoman fan (New 52 comic is so good!) and I felt she was just the right amount of sexy and really added a level of heart and depth to the role. The rest of the cast was great! The stand out, for me, was Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That guy can do anything!
Overall, the comic book nerd in me was satisfied, despite massive changes to the Batman canon. But it’s a film, not a comic book, and things need to change. What was changed, didn’t bother me.
However the filmmaker/critic in me couldn’t get over the issues.
I know I sound like I am tearing shreds off this film. I really do love it! It’s probably going to be on my best films list of the year… But it won’t be in the top three. I just felt I had to get this stuff out there… because it is not the golden calf people are making it out to be. This film does not cure cancer! It is a great film, it however does not hold a candle to Batman Begins or The Dark Knight, or The Avengers.
All respect to other critics, especially the ones that have had the balls to be honest and criticize this film like it deserves. To all the ones who have called it ‘perfect’, I respect your opinion, but stop talking about this movie like it dispenses blow-jobs in the cinema, please.
(I’m not talking about anyone here at Revenge Of The Film Nerds by the way, this was written before it was suggested I write one, I love you Josh. In a pants on way.)