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.
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.
This movie was absolutely stunning
bane is good. i like bane. ditch the rest of this movie, but keep bane
Epilogo di rara bellezza, con un Bruce Wayne eroe senza maschera. Nolan in tutto il suo splendore.
In the wake of all the comic book movie news we've gotten over the last two days, I was propelled to look at an old favorite, a year and a half later.
And I remained as perplexed by the criticism since it's release.
Nolan not only goes big with this finale to his Bruce Wayne story, he's goes apocalyptic. This thing propels. It rivets. It compels. It is, to me, one of the great finales in the last 20 years, full stop.
What the hell is there not to like about this finale?
Zimmer's score is beautifully concussive. The cinematography (especially the IMAX footage) is top notch. The story and character arcs are, at once, immediate to this specific film…
I forgot about all the hothead stuff in this. It cracked me up. Actually, I think if you take this movie as a comedy, it is much more enjoyable. Bane looks, sounds, and acts like some sort of Bond Villain and the whole film really takes on a whole campy feel to it. And to that effect, if you take the word "why" out of your vocabulary, you can enjoy this story.
I still think Anne Hathaway was the greatest choice for Catwoman, I just wish she wasn't underused/underdeveloped. I enjoyed Joseph Gordon Levitt even if I didn't entirely buy his character.
It's not the greatest movie, it's not the worst movie. That and it was $4 on Black Friday, so I'd say I got my money's worth.
This makes twice I've seen this film, and while I like it better this time, I still feel that 4 stars is the perfect rating for this film. It's got issues. It's far from perfect. Most of the time, I feel like character dialogue can just be replaced with "Goddamn it all, _________, what's your problem?", and yet somehow the dialogue here just doesn't feel as dense and dull as it did in its predecessor. The fluidity has returned, if only a little.
Either way, with the next Batman film (and superman film...) around the corner, it's going to be interesting to see what, if anything, is brought forward philosophically from this most curious of Batman sagas.