Watched Jul 20, 2012
Amazing conclusion to one of the best movie series of all time.
There have been lots of people who have had negative things to say about this movie. As someone who for the most part tries to stay objective, I cannot understand why.
This movie was brilliant and in my opinion the best of the 3 Nolan movies.
First the few things I found less than pleasing. Number 1 is the editing. I think they had so much footage that needed to be cut that some of the middle parts feel out of place. They had too much to do and lost track of what needed to go where.
Next; the pacing it doesn't really get going for a long time, but once it does it's great, but then we have the long slow part in the middle of the movie. I felt it added to the movie overall, but could have been handled a lot better.
The rest are positives I'm pleased to say. The acting stood out in my mind most though, especially that of Tom Hardy. Lots of people had their doubts regarding his portrayal of Bane and like Heath Ledger, I hope they've now been proven wrong.
He was menacing and cold, just how he should be. I should point out that comparing him to the Mexican Luchador from the comics should be avoided and if you're a fan of that Bane you will be disappointed.
New boy Joseph-Gordon Levitt was great as Officer Blake rose to the challenge he was given and made a very memorable role his own. Now if only JGL can stay away from the small indie movies.
Everyone else was what you'd expect in terms of acting. The main cast were their usual amazing selves. Marion Cotillard was a little sub-par I found but then again she didn't have all that much to do.
Hathway was good as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman (although 'Catwoman' is never said in the movie). I still don't think Anne Hathaway is much of a talented actress though, but she did a decent job here which is more than I expected.
There were some great shots used in the movie. The wide shots used for theatricallity work extremely well. There are some absolutely gorgeous scenes of Batman.
The story/plot itself is probably why there seems to be more negative reviews this time around. It does require you to have seen Batman Begins to really get into what's going on and what it means to these characters. There is a lot of flashback sections which are used to explain backstory - again, this probably hurts the pacing and over complicates things for the less involved.
This is one of the best movies you're likely to see for a long time. I can't recommend it enough.