THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (YES, SPOILERS.)Posted: July 31, 2012
This isn’t a true review of the movie, because I think anyone who has seen The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) agrees that it’s a great movie. Hotly anticipated movies such Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby haven’t been released yet (those will be released on Christmas Day) but I believe TDKR will be #1 or #2 on the end-of-the-year ‘Top 10 Movies’ lists. Mostly, this article will discuss why I loved the entire movie and why I didn’t like some parts of it.
And for goodness sakes, can this movie get Best Picture and Best Director nominations when the Oscars season starts heating up? Geez.
Below are three things I liked and three things I didn’t like about TDKR.
1. CATWOMAN. YES.
I was really worried about Anne Hathaway. I didn’t think she had the chops to pull off such a sexy, manipulative, and vulnerable character, but she completely proved me wrong. Anne is hot and fierce in this movie and I loved every second she was on screen. Her flirtations with Batman were cute and funny, and I loved the rooftop scene when Batman started talking, turned his back to Catwoman, and when he turned around again he noticed she had quietly disappeared. Then he dropped this one-liner: “So that’s what that feels like.” Nice.
Plus, how awesome was it that she was never called Catwoman?! I know that’s her alter ego but to call her Catwoman would be very cheesy.
2. NO MAN’S LAND.
At the beginning of the movie Gotham City was peaceful and orderly. Then Bane brought chaos and rebellion to Gotham City and the movie became unbearably tense. Gotham turned into a ghost town as people hid or were trapped in various places throughout the city, and although this movie became formulaic as it reached its ending (Batman suddenly appears as time is ticking down on the bomb clock) I found the scenery and environment to be very exciting.
3. BANE’S DIALOGUE
Here’s a few gems. I think Bane’s most powerful moment in the movie was his first confrontation with Batman, which left Batman with a broken back and a defeated spirit.
Speak of the devil and he shall appear.
Theatricality and deception, powerful agents for the uninitiated. But we are initiated, aren’t we Bruce?
Ah you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!
Ah! I was wondering what would break first: your spirit, or your body!
While I was watching the movie I noticed that John Blake had a pretty large role even though he’s supposed to be a supporting character. Then I realized all of his screen time was meant to make him likeable and believable as Robin, who presumably takes over the Batcave and follows in Batman’s step as a masked crusader. I thought the ending was nice but it didn’t seem necessary to me. I think it was good enough that Batman saved Gotham City.
His voice = my tears. Bane’s voice is incredibly annoying and there’s a couple of times when his voice gets a little too high-pitched for my taste. At times he seems very cartoonish.
My biggest disappointment came with the revelation that Bane is essentially a henchman for Miranda Tate. It turns out that Bane wasn’t calling the shots throughout the entire movie, and in fact he was working for a woman who feels indebted to him because he helped save her life when she was a child. Bane’s purpose was to immobilize the city so Miranda could successfully blow up the city. Bane did his job but it seems like Miranda was the bigger threat.
My understanding is Bane held Gotham hostage for 3 months or so. Isn’t that how long Bruce was in that prison? What exactly was Bane doing all of that time? And if Bane and Miranda came up with a plan that took at least 3 months to execute, they aren’t that bright and shouldn’t be villians in this movie.
3. GOOFS AND BLUNDERS
While Bruce was in the isolated prison, i was my impression that Bane had his men surround the city to make sure no one leaves. But somehow Bruce casually walks into Gotham and approaches Selina Kyle. How did he get past Bane’s guys? And how did Bruce even get there in the first place? He had no money and no one to help him.
This was done a few times in The Dark Knight, but good grief it seemed to double in this last installment: people’s mouths weren’t moving even though you could hear their voice and know that they are talking.
I’m not an engineer, but I noticed alot of the bridges had a huge middle section blown apart. The rest of the bridge should’ve fallen down, right? What’s holding up the bridges to account for the middle being gone?