Spoiler-Free review of Batman Dark Knight Rises

Spoiler-Free review of Batman Dark Knight Rises

I came in nervous and worried. Did Nolan win me over? As some of you know, I've been pretty anti this movie since they released the first images. So come watch as I eat some crow... but the question is, how much?

I would sum up my feelings based on a comment someone else said in a previous review:
"No, this is not a direct “straight-from-the-page” interpretation of..."

I came in knowing that I hated the look of Bane and with overall disappointment regarding Batman's voice, Catwoman, etc.

By the way, Catwoman was quite good. I could nitpick, but in fairness I won't. She worked. She gave her own take on the character and really, take away the name (which Nolan did) and you have a character who is interesting enough to warrant being in this movie. Great work.

I'm trying to avoid comments I've seen elsewhere. You already know about the other great performances.

So I'll say this: When I distance myself from thinking of this as a "Batman" trilogy, I feel like I really want to like it. The scope is amazing. There are incredible moments that I can't even tell you about until you've seen it, and then, you'll just agree. Alfred is... wow. Great.

But this is not a Batman trilogy. Maybe an elseworlds take, but even then there are things in this movie that... well, read Harry's review on Aint it Cool. He fleshes out my feelings here well enough that I can actually agree with him on something. And I agree about the ending too. (I'll leave that alone. But oh how I want to comment. On that and more... but I can't yet.)

The movie is tragic. I can say that and ruin nothing. Nolan went out to portray a certain element of Batman and based on the setting of his movies, it worked. I mean, Bruce hasn't been Batman for 8 years. The "Why" is... well, disappointing. But this movie needed a purpose. I guess that served it.

I can't help but think of this movie as being like a piece of dry skin that you just can't wait to rip off, but then you kind of like the feeling as well. It IS a Batman movie and that bothers me. I want something true to the comic. But this movie is decent enough.

Ah. I know how to end this.

I feel like a good trilogy just ended. I disliked the first one. I really liked the second one. The third one is somewhere in-between. Now I'm glad it's over. It means we'll get a real Batman film. As it stands, I feel like I just watched the end of a trilogy that vaguely resembles Batman.
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GoILL - 7/19/2012, 12:38 PM
Nice honest review, I look forward to seeing this film soon so that I can be able to discuss with other people who have seen it.
sonofsamadams - 7/19/2012, 12:49 PM
Good review. I understand what you mean. But i will say this....

This is the problem i have with comicbook fans. They want a movie to be so, so very much like the comics but what they fail to take in the account that if the movies were spot on with their source material, like down to the fine print of the page, the general audience would not take it seriously and most of the time the film would come off as corny and too over the top. I get it, you really want a batman straight from the comics.

It irritates me when ppl on here want banes look to be what it was from the comics. The reason why he looks like the way he does is because noone would have taken him seriously with the macho mask. Thats what Nolan was able to do so well-structure the characters in a very realistic, relatable fashion. While not perfect, their relatable narratives make it easier for the audiencd to connect with the film and dive in with the characters and story. Nolan used the comics as a guide, and i think Bob Kane would have been very pleases to see this trilogy.

Good review, but thats what i gotta say
deanwilkins - 7/19/2012, 1:23 PM
sonofsamadams, thanks. I understand what you're saying, but so much is different. In the end, I just didn't feel like I saw a "Batman" film.

But it was a good film. I hope that came through. My reaction is very mixed.

I didn't really discuss Bane. I thought he was good in the film - as a character who happens to be called Bane. I can't say much else, because I don't want to ruin anything. He wasn't what I have been hoping for. He wasn't bad either. So I guess he exceeded my expectations.
batfan175 - 7/19/2012, 2:17 PM
"Ain't It Cool news is where idiots go and review films" is what mark kermode said at one point.
justified1 - 7/19/2012, 3:09 PM
what works in the comics doesn't mean it will work in a movie.
A man wearing a Luchador Mask and wearing a skin tight black outfit? Really. do we really want to see that. It could work in an animated movie but not in live action.

It would be cool to see an animated take on Knightfall.
justified1 - 7/19/2012, 3:13 PM
Good review anyway.

I can understand why people have a hard time with Nolan's movies and how he twiks things to make a good story.

I'm not a person who will complain much. Bane, while not looking anything like the comics, has the spirit of the man in the comics. It looks like anyway.

Can't wait to see this movie. Maybe on Sunday.

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