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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.
He did it. He actually did it.
I cannot believe I'm even typing this, but it's true...
Christopher Nolan successfully crammed 10 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag.
Didn't even think it was possible!
Is every citizen of Gotham City a fucking idiot? Let me count the ways...
The first example goes all the way back to Batman Begins, when Bruce Wayne disappears for something like 8 years, then comes back one day without anybody asking where he was. They act like he just got back from taking a piss. And on the very same day that Bruce returns, Batman shows up. What a coincidence! To a person who doesn't have a broken brain, it's a lot more...but…
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…
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 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…
No matter how many times I have watched this film, I will never understand how Batman got out of the bat.
The Dark Knight Rises is a thrilling end to a great trilogy and it's my second favorite in the trilogy.
Christopher Nolan's dark conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy featuring a stand-out performance by Tom Hardy as Bane - even more charismatic and memorable than Heath Ledger's Joker from the Dark Knight in my view. It's about the total breakdown of law and order in Gotham, vividly rendered.
Bane:So you came back to die with your city
Batman:No, I came back to stop you
Excellent dialogue. Perfectly sets the tone for the climax of the decade, in my opinion. I'm happy Chrisopher Nolan let Tommy Wiseau write this screenplay. It would have been seriously lacking otherwise
It did not live up to the hype but still a treat at least for me even after just rewatching it.
This film had some pretty big shoes to fill flowing the juggernaut that was The Dark Knight. It was probably never going to 100% live up to its predecessor, and the nay sayers will assure you that it didn't, but I think it came about as close as it was ever realistically going to. It's a solid end to the trilogy that after two films playing it straight, brings back a bit of the theatricality and suspension of disbelief that would generally be expected of most other comic book films. Not everything makes complete sense, not everything is entirely logical, but this is a superhero movie after all.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
BANE DID NOTHING WRONG
the most explicitly counterrevolutionary film of the us mainstream's past decade. whitewashed-bane's distorted leninisms are still hugely powerful and inspirational when they don't spill into antinatalist nihilism—think of his life, and think of his pain, born into darkness, moulded by darkness, and think of why he believes what he believes about life and pain. now think of his romance with talia and his rejection by ra's, and think of his righteous rage against the noble lie of harvey dent, and think of his hatred of the corruption of gotham/america and its mauling at the hands of bankers and billionaires, and think of his extraordinary kindness keeping the police alive and believing they can still be turned…
Great movie? Yes.
As good as its predecessor? No. I don't think so.
And that's frustrating, because there's actually a much better film inside this one (perhaps even better than TDK) waiting to get out.
Hathaway as Catwoman. Her scenes are the best in the film. We could've used more of them. She doesn't just bring the sexiness, she brings most of the rare moments of humour.
The twists. There are at least two. One of these is readable a mile off, one isn't. I thought both were great.
The concept. While the script itself flags (especially in the first half), the terrorist-based notion of an island city under siege really works, at a level deeper and more…
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