Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. – imdb.com
Runtime: 164 min
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (story/screenplay) David S. Goyer (story)
Well its over folks. The “greatest” batman movie run is over (though, lets be honest, as long as he didn’t have bat-nipples and ass shots as he got into costume it would have been better). This is the longest running of any batman movie, and the longest of the 3..It even feels longer due to the story. They dragged the HELL out of this movie. You can’t blame them entirely since, they put this movie 8 years to the day (in the movie world) into the future from the previous “The Dark Knight” movie (Stupid idea in my opinion).
[Spoilers start here]
I get that the story had to explain what happened in the 8 years that followed, but there were things I felt could have been left out, and or introduced to set up “potential” future instalments or as I said in my Amazing Spider-Man review, nods to the fans of the comics from a picture, right down to someone obviously saying something (like Tony Stark’s life model decoy joke in the Avengers). The story, however, did give you a solid send off as it progresses. There’s homage moments, and a sense of nostalgia seeing the rebuilt “Wayne Manor”. The best moments are from Bane and Batman as the will in both of them is cool. I will add, they ruined his origin story to make it all come full circle to the first movie in my opinion. Because of that it felt like the writers and the powers who made this movie didn’t actually have a real idea in mind to make this movie. Recently there was what felt like a global, if not just a North American “occupy” movement that if I’m not mistaken, was started on New York’s “Wall Street” and it was basically saying lessen the gap from the those who have and those who have not. This kind of plays into the movie’s first half and is what kind of makes the movie drag on. There aren’t many questions you’re left with but maybe three at the end which is a part of good movie making, but can also ruin a movie as well.
The acting… Michael Caine.. He is so damn talented, sadly his role was limited. But he has such a charm as a 78 year old man that during the movie, you kind of wish he had more screen time. Morgan Freeman… Well..he was Morgan Freeman. The best actor/ess this time around was the addition of Anne Hathaway. She had the best take on Selina Kyle/Catwoman there has ever been. If you remember “the Batman Animated Series” (which to most comic fans is regarded as the best ever cartoon series based off comic books) then you will see that similar take here. She was introduced the best in all 3 movies. Tom Hardy is hard to say if he really acted, because he has a mask. Acting is so much facial expressions as it is, vocal performance. On top of his natural accent (which is, I believe, is a U.K. one) he put a variant of an irish one. Where this becomes a bad role for him is the part where he can’t be understood. He can for the most part, but I feel like at times, he was totally inaudible more than once which makes this a major short fall for the movie. Chris Bale as Batman felt as he looked as Bruce felt (method acting), but still braver beyond his limitations. I know many don’t like the voice he puts for Batman, but its so needed as to have a difference between the two ego’s Bruce has. On top of that, the range in which he’s able to carry that is impressive, he yells, whispers, intimidates, etc all with this growl like voice which I can only imagine how hard that is. Marion Cotillard’s performance seemed flat and her last moment is the worse thing I’ve seen in a movie since…. well since bat nipples.
The music was fantastic but some of it did seem like it was borrowed from the last film. I won’t lie, a lot of Hans Zimmer’s music kind of has the same tone, but its sick when its needed, and the one time they don’t have music in the film is probably my most favourite moment in the movie.
In terms of the effects and audio, I have to seriously question how the people got the job. The flying “bat” glitches like crazy (yes… I noticed it) then, again, BANE’S VOICE… how do you have a movie of this magnitude, with such a villain and then have it come across as bother-some that his voice couldn’t be heard in every scene? There wasn’t a single WOW moment in this movie. You remember THE DARK KNIGHT? That entire movie felt like a WOW moment (mostly the Jokers truck attack scene where an 18 wheeler is FLIPPED OVER). Or even the first time we see Batman in that film. The only wow moment here, is catwoman’s performance, and the brute style of Bane.
Come the end of this movie, Wayne’s story is complete. Which is a very good thing. It is a perfect send off , and if WB does want to continue this version of Batman to do their pending Justice league movie then this is where they could pick it up from. I felt that Nolan tried to do something grand. He NEVER WANTED A TRILOGY, but for one reason or another he made one. Even though its a good movie, they didn’t get Batman right from the first movie (Batman doesn’t fail to save someone if even by not directly saving them, he saved the Joker all the time). Batman in this movie is challenged beyond what we’ve seen so that’s new, but I felt they tried too much for the Oscar than to make a TOTALLY satisfying movie (not that I won’t add this to my collection but I’m in no rush).
I shall leave you with this.. after seeing the teaser for the new Superman movie (dubbed “Man of Steel”) all I kept saying was this would have been solved in 3 minutes had Superman been contacted and, even better, Brian Michael Bendis (a Marvel Comics writer) said the next honest truth I said at the end of this movie:
“everyone is thinking it, so i’m just going to say it: the problem with the dark knight rises is that the Avengers could have had that shit wrapped up in under 10 minutes. including shwarma break!”
If you were expecting a review where this movie is praised, look at friend and fellow bloggers review @Mr_STiXX’s review
If you were wondering which comics inspired this movie: “Knightfall” and “No Man’s Land”.
- Overall rating of the movie: 3.7 out of 5,
- Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
- Editing: 3 out of 5,
- Audio: 2.5 out of 5,
- Acting: 3.7 out of 5,
- Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? The movie theatres on a cheap day in Imax. Blu-ray to complete the trilogy only.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW
*Feel free to discuss the movie in the comments*