The description of this film was so enticing: a late Victorian era mad scientist romp starring Basil Rathbone. Perhaps it's merely a proud cheesy B-movie, wasn't trying to be anything more. I'm just bitter that they managed to make a movie with this plot and talented actors (hell, Bela Lugosi was in it, and he didn't even have a speaking part) boring.
This film is on the same wavelength as The Dark Knight but I think it had more 'holy shit!' moments. I loved the scene between Bane and Batman in the sewers (I am told it's a famous scene in the comics) . The dialogue was superb.
What made this movie was the villain. Tom Hardy as Bane really impressed me. I think the Joker is a more interesting villain but Bane doesn't fall too far behind.
Hans Zimmer also deserves…
I adore films that stay in one location and can imagine it's difficult to pull off (but when pulled off well, like 12 Angry Men, it can be magnificent). One location means there is more focus on the characters and you really get to see who is a good actor and who isn't. I thought everyone in this movie was great (especially John C. Reilly) and conveyed their characters believably. The storyline is simple, but it's a joy to watch the two couples' differing views on parenting and marriage.