Things that bugged me in TDKR (SPOILERS)
I loved TDKR, but there were a few things that bugged me.
i thought TDKR was a great movie, but with every movie there were things that bugged me, here they are:
i've never seen a movie where the law enforcement agencies were this unbelievably stupid. gotham city is the island of manhattan, so an extremely large and densely populated area. so you're telling me that in order to catch a mercenary terrorist you're sending 98% of your police force underground to find him? here's what's wrong with this:
- if this is not the most obvious trap ever, i don't know what is.
- this leaves a majority of the city unprotected for any crime to take place.
if this is not the most obvious trap ever, i don't know what is this leaves a majority of the city unprotected for any crime to take place. it just doesn't make any sense, and it would never happen. the second half of this that bugs me is that over the period of five months, no government agency was able to infiltrate the island of manhattan. gotham is an island, with a large coast. there's no way that bane's army, which was not extremely large, could patrol every single coastline while also maintaining control of the city, and the bomb as well. it just seems if batman is able to outsmart henchmen at least some government agents should be able to too.
BANE/TALIA/LEAGUE OF SHADOWS:
i thought bane was so freakin' cool, especially his voice and character! i'd always look forward to hearing what he'd say or do next, and that's what i love most about a good villain! i thought they had completely nailed bane as the villain until the talia al ghul reveal. when miranda tate revealed herself as talia, bane just became another henchman. he literally was talia's bitch, and it just ruined him as a character for me. i wanted bane to be the child that climbed out of the pit, not talia. i didn't want to see batman fighting talia at the end, i wanted to see him fighting bane. also, how does that guy eat?!
it feels like nolan's point with TDKR was too just keep surprising us. unfortunately, that meant a storyline that was ultimately way too complex. everything was reveal, after reveal, after reveal. i loved the simplicity and story lines of the first two films a lot more than this, because i was trying to connect the dots the whole time. i feel like we saw so little of batman throughout the movie, and when we did he was kinda dumb, in my opinion. everything was a hand-to-hand combat scene, with little to know gadgets, or smart techniques used. what happened to the smart batman?
bane's death really pissed me off. here's the guy that we've been building up this whole time as a complete bad-ass, i mean, he BROKE the bat! he's come this far and a full out war is occurring in gotham city. not only did he then get bumped down as talia's henchman, he has the most anti-climatic death ever. after all this time all it took was a rocket from the batpod and he was done. bane deserved a better death than that.
i actually really like how they made john blake a combination of all the robins, but part of me inside died when i realized i'd never see him suit up. one can only dream...
okay, where the hell was the pit located at? it appeared to be somewhere in europe/middle east/asia so how the hell did bruce wayne get back home so easily and quickly if he was literally broke? another thing he did upon exiting the pit was throw a rope down to the men imprisoned in it. alfred described this place as a prison full of horrible men (i'm paraphrasing), why would bruce wayne, why would batman let all these men leave freely, without knowing what they had done, or who they really were? it also seemed really strange how it was supposedly a horrible prison full of crazed men yet they all help each other out and cheer each other on when they try to escape...i really just didn't get it. also, if it was "bane's prison now" then why would they let the man they were told to keep alive there even try to escape?
this was probably one of the biggest things that bugs me. bane broke bruce's back. in the pit, the man slams the vertebrae back in place (which was nasty, by the way), and eventually he can stand. but pretty much after that, his back heals at an extraordinary rate, so extraordinary that it's ridiculously impossible. shortly after him standing again, you see bruce doing push-ups on the prison floor, and his back looks perfectly fine. i would've hoped that they would have at least made it look like he was in pain, or had some type of mark, but oh well.
what crossed the line for me with his back was when he failed to climb the pit TWICE. if bruce's back was recently broken and he fell all the way down that pit twice, his back would not be able to handle it. he would experience so much excruciating pain without a back injury in the first place from that fall, but somehow it just doesn't affect him. this is where all realism was completely lost, without hope, for me.
i can't with good faith ever believe that alfred would abandon bruce. i understand why they did it in the film, in order to show exactly what bruce was about to face, but it just wasn't right to me. alfred has stood by bruce's side his whole life, i don't see any reasoning for why he would choose now to leave.
EVERYONE IN GOTHAM IS STUPID:
batman has boatloads of gadgets and expensive toys in which he uses to fight crime, how has no one figured out that their resident billionaire is the caped crusader? okay, maybe i can see past that, but batman and bruce wayne disappeared from the public at the SAME EXACT TIME, how can people, especially jim gordon, see past that gaping coincidence?! he, himself, said he can't believe in them. not only did they disappear at the same time, they both reappear at the same time, and die at the same time. if the citizens of gotham can't put two and two together after all of this, they're the most ignorant group of people in the world. batman's identity should have been blatantly obvious to all of the world at this point.
batman was able to climb a pit, fly across an ocean while broke, and infiltrate the island of gotham, get his equipment back, without anyone noticing. HOW IN THE HELL was no one else able to infiltrate the island in order to provide aid to the extremely small rebellion? i know batman is extremely smart and cunning, but sheesh people, the lack of organization, or any form of tactical aid was mind-blowing. it really bugged me throughout the last act of the film.
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