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The Dark Knight Rises
The Legend Ends
Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Before I start this review, I’d like to say the following: If you liked or even loved the film, that is fine. I frankly envy you. This is a film I wanted to love. But I didn’t, for reasons I will go into during this review.
Previous to this rewatch, I had last seen The Dark Knight Rises at the midnight premiere. The idea of a filmmaker finishing off a comic book trilogy and summing up their run of a character was great. But alas, I was disappointed with The Dark Knight Rises, because what we’re left with is a film that’s pretty dramatically unsatisfying. The reason I could enjoy Batman Begins was because aside from logic fails, that film…
After seven years and three films, Nolan’s Batman journey is over. The question is, is The Dark Knight Rises the send off the trilogy deserves? Sadly the answer to that question is a crushing no. Having re-watched both previous films this week I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the weakest film of the trilogy, and to make things worse, it isn’t even a good film, period.
In many ways the film’s problems existed throughout the series - needlessly long, inconsistent pacing and incoherent and bitty plotting - yet here they are magnified, partly because they are at their very worst and partly because it also lacks the compelling characters and exciting set pieces that…
I'm Gotham's reckoning.
Superhero films finally have a good trilogy. I'm not proclaiming this on the same level as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or the original Star Wars Trilogy, but I'm saying this is by far the best superhero trilogy we've ever had. With that said, it's competition for that title wasn't exactly stiff. I'm also a huge Marvel Comics fanboy so it hurts a little admitting that.
The story is epic in scope and takes full advantage of it's staggering 164 min run time. It's not only a sequel, but it truly ties into both previous films and brings all three movies together as a true trilogy. If you're thinking about re-watching Batman Begins and The…
I demand being able to press a button when posting a review that says ‘Involuntary Rewatch’ I won’t go into details, but let’s just say it involved a ‘friend’, a ‘movie night’ and the sentence ‘As long as we watch something fun!’ (uttered by yours truly). No, I did not pick the film.
After seeing the Dark Knight Rises the first time in the cinema, I rated it one and a half stars and felt it to be a deeply flawed film. Well, not to my surprise, I still feel the same after this rewatch. I won’t rehash my old review as all I have to say on the film is said there and many others have already worded their…
Magnificent conclusion to the Nolan trilogy.
If Batman was the star of Batman Begins and The Joker ruled The Dark Knight, then this film is the story of Bruce Wayne .
Awesome and audacious filmmaking at the highest level.
I've been a Batman fanatic ever since I was a little kid, and when Batman Begins came out in 2005, I was very excited. I saw it in the theaters, and loved it. Of course, I was extremely young then, and since, I've seen it many times and realized it's really not that good. Not terrible, but not very good either. Then, after the revolting shit-heap that was The Dark Knight came out in 2008, I lost all faith. 4 years later, when the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises was released, I lost even more. I didn't see in theaters because...fuck that shit, but when it came out on Video OnDemand, I sat down and watched it from beginning…
Christopher Nolan has made a point, when writing the Batman films, to attempt to encapsulate the current mood in America. The Dark Knight embodies the post-9/11 conversation of privacy versus security, and contains a villain who certainly can be defined as a terrorist in an era in which terrorism is the focal point of foreign policy. The Dark Knight Rises also attempts to capture the current mood of the country, and draws parallels with the financial crisis, Wall Street, and the occupy Wall Street movement. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well with this film partly because of weaker writing. This film, Nolan’s last of the series, is overlong, cheesy at times, and way too explicit to even compare to his…
Not perfect, but still an incredible experience. I love so many of the references to the earlier movies, and Bruce's journey. You can nitpick if you want, but this trilogy capper earns it's place amongst the great superhero tales.
Frankly, the Nolan Batman trilogy could easily just end on The Dark Knight. Can we agree on that? Are we all happy with that? I mean, Batman is leave fuck-all to do after the completion of his arc in Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight followed the Joker namely, Batman's ideological counterpart (self-actualized fascism v. self-actualized anarchism) - so where do we go from here?
Well, apparently the answer was "backwards" as The Dark Knight Rises opts to lift the entire plot from the first film while focusing a vocal, ideological villain like the second film, and having Anne Hatheway be useless to the movie except perhaps as some sort of preemptive answer to cries of SAAAAUSAGE FESTTTTTTTT.
Too long, awkward execution, and generally rather boring. Anne Hathaway saves the film as Catwoman--every scene she is in, she steals with aplomb.
Our bat-friend has never really captivated me. I've seen both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight". I can barely remember anything from the first movie. I guess I wasn't really impressed by that one. "The Dark Knight" on the other hand did, and that because of the charismatic figure "The Joker". A figure without rancor and with a phenomenal crazy look.
That's something I really missed a little bit here. Bane was the personification of intense hatred and had a very menacing look, but the feeling I got was not more then "Oh-ok-again-another-bad-guy".... And then they started with names like Ra's al Ghul. I don't have the faintest idea who that person is.
There was once in the 80's a…
Was it the perfect ending to the Nolan trilogy? No, because the perfect ending would've involved the Joker, that's almost for certain. But at least it was an ending. In today's world of perpetual reboots and sequels, it's nice to get closure.
The visuals alone make it worth watching over again and the score is one of the best that I can think of. The second best film of the series, only because The Dark Knight is practically flawless.
Part Four of Preparing (As Much as Humanly Possible) For Interstellar
Despite some narrative inconsistencies and unneeded characters, The Dark Knight Rises is one of Christopher Nolan's most ambitious works, and probably his most operatic so far. The entire film feels like a half-healed wound, sending jolts of pain and suffering into the character's synapses after every accidental scratch.
Supported by magnificent performances (particularly by Michael Caine), a strong cast, vibrant and darkened cinematography and Hans Zimmer's pounding and chill-inducing score; Nolan's film is mainly focused on the trials and tribulations of the main characters, both internally and externally, and how every individual is seeking redemption for their choices in such a hopeless society. The main theme in TDKR, the…
Here's how I like to watch my Batman movies: once, and one time only, and as long after everyone else has moved on as possible. I like to ask amateur questions like, hey, was that the guy in the other movie? Oh, did that guy die? And don't people sometimes think it's weird how Batman and Bruce Wayne disappear and reappear at pretty much the same time? I like to goad Bruce Wayne and tell him he needs to suck it the fuck up and handle his business. I like to chant "Gary, Gary!" when Commissioner Gordon is onscreen, even if he's hanging out a hospital bed, dangling an oxygen mask. I like to do poor imitations of Bane's and…
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