THE DARK KNIGHT RISES REVIEW: In Less Than 400 Words [Spoilers]
Here the final installment of the Dark Knight trilogy is examined in less than 400 words. Does Nolan deliver? Is this the best CBM yet?
So far, The Dark Knight Rises is being quite well received by both critics and fans alike. But while caught up in the spectacular visuals and stunning fight scenes, some of the films fatal flaws are being overlooked.
Bane was an amazing villain, there is no doubt about that, but the twist toward the end of the movie, revealing Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul as the true mastermind, severely diminished Bane's appeal. Discovering that he was not the one behind this elaborate scheme made him seem like some hired muscle, and takes away his spot as the franchise's best villain.
The pacing was incredibly awkward, and the editing bothersome. The film did not flow smoothly, but was rather jumpy at times instead. The writing was mostly well done, but there were a few scenes where characters practically explained plot points to the audience, and big no-no in filmmaking.
Anne Hathaway gave a decent performance as Catwoman, but it seemed oddly cartoon-y compared to the rest of the actors. It would have worked perfectly in a different interpretation of Batman, but in the hyper-realistic Nolanverse it seemed out of place. The cast as a whole gave great performances, especially Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Blake), but that little reveal about his character at the end of the film was cheesy and forced. Christian Bale was good as Batman, but didn't really add upon his performance from the past two films.
But it's the final 20 minutes of the film that kills it. The nuclear explosion seemed incredibly out of place. It didn't fit in this world Nolan had created, and it felt like it belonged in a different movie. The ending montage had a cheesiness about it, and the appearance of Bruce Wayne at the restaurant was sudden and unexplained. The “happy” ending left the audience with more questions than answers.
As awesome as some parts were (Bane, the fight scenes, Bane), overall the film is a little messy. The Dark Knight Rises is not a terrible movie, rather, it is a terribly underwhelming movie. It appears that even a brilliant filmmaker such as Christopher Nolan can't always live up to his own expectations. And at the end of the day, if you take a step back to look at it, the film has one flaw that surpasses the rest: it doesn't feel like a Batman comic.
2.5 out of 5
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