I saw The Dark Knight Rises at 12:35 EST opening night (Thursday). I'm a huge Batman fan and have reveled in these smart and often somber tone of the Bruce Wayne saga set in a realistic take on Gotham City. I have been following this film for about a year and a half.
One thing I will say is that very little actually surprised me, even given the fact that twists and turns are def thrown in for the general public but I have followed this movie too long, too close to be shocked. That's my own fault.
The writing is extremely intelligent and integrates themes and imagery from the entire saga. The main plot line/threat isn't particularly creative but as with everything in this film, it was executed EXTREMELY well.
Certain things were kinda glossed over and required a major suspension of belief but it helped the narrative tremendously.
The acting was INCREDIBLE. This was probably Bale's best work in the series as far as showing nuanced vulnerability and dejection. Prolly his best acting overall in the series even though BB gave him more.
Tom Hardy is an absolute phenom and Bane did not dissapoint. I loved the voice, the mannerisms, the threat. Hardy's crazy eyes reminded me on a great white shark on a human bear (Man Bear Pig?) lol. He's a great threat who is deceptive yet still the overlord of Gotham. I'm happy he looked pretty damn big the whole film with the exception of the final fight w Batman.
Michael Caine was amazing and provided the emotional core of the story and will leave u with a lump in your throat from time to time. Him and Bruce's interactions in this film are very wholesome yet show two men who are emotionally scarred from Batman's work and (often notorious) legacy.
Check out the movie ASAP. Gives a satisfying ending and met my extremely high expectations. It was not perfect by any means and I have my nitpicks but the writing, story, character acting and inclusive mythology make it a PHENOMENAL trilogy bookend.
The Dark Knight Rises- 8.8/10
Last edited by ROCSteady : 07-20-2012 at 05:11 PM.
I'm not a Batman fan, I've always been more of a Marvel fanboy, but I walked into this movie with very high expectations. I had been anticipating seeing this movie all week. I saw it on opening night at 12:32, I tried to make it to the 12:00 premier but girls take entirely too long to get ready before they go out, even just to see a movie. But without any spoilers, I can say that the movie delivered. Incredible action sequences and multiple chilling scenes. I had goosebumps throughout. And the actors did an incredible job, especially Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine. I didn't really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt though. Also, the movie seemed a bit drawn out at points. But overall, fantastic. A must see for any movie goer.
Finally saw this movie. It's not at all as bad as people make it out to be. It's enjoyable for children and adults. It's no masterpiece of course, but if you go into this expecting an action packed, transformers like epic movie filled with explosions, that's exactly what you'll get and you will enjoy it too.
Movies so far this summer.
Avengers = 9.3/10
Prometheus = 7.5/10
The Amazing Spider-Man = 8/10
Ted = 6/10
Battleship = 6.5/10
The Dark Knight Rises = 9/10
As someone who wasn't a big fan of the first two films (didn't hate them, but felt slightly bored by them, but appreciate them as well), i loved this movie. Having just finished reading Scott Snyder's Court of Owls, i had a deeper appreciation for the story in TDKR as it demonstrates more how Batman isn't Gotham, nor is Batman simply Bruce Wayne, but that Gotham and Batman are symbols of one another, and the two are very much alive and in need of the other.
From the first time I saw Officer Blake i thought "wow, that dude would have been great if cast as Dick Grayson," we'll wasn't i thrilled when the movie ended with that treat. My only complaint with the character was when his actual name is referred to as being "Robin", why couldn't the lady refer to him as Mr. Grayson?
I really loved this movie though. I could go on and on about what else i liked but its not necessary. I love the returning cameo of Scarecrow and the reveal of Talia. Bane looked silly in all the previews but turned out to be pretty badass.
The one legitimate complaint i do have is that i didn't understand about 25% of Bane's dialog. But i understood enough to follow it.
I didn't like the casting of Catwoman originally, but i felt Anne Hathaway did a pretty decent job and i have no complaints. My girlfriend complained of her being too bleak (as she expects Catwoman to be more like the old batman movie or the cartoon), but considering Nolan was going in slightly different directions I didn't mind her.
That ending has me so happy yet disappointed. Happy because of Robin, but disappointed because Nolan said he's done and i heard rumors that when he's done the studio would just reboot the series again (ala Spider-Man). I really wish they would just continue where he left off.