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Summary: Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that brands him an enemy.
The Dark Knight Rises couldn't possibly live up to the hype that The Dark Knight caused it to have, but that it's still a very enjoyable movie for most of the time it runs. It's overlong, sure, but who really wants the trilogy to end? I probably would have been able to tolerate a 9 hour movie if it was all of the same quality. The action is sparse but thrilling when it appears, there are a few very funny lines of dialogue, and it concludes logically and fittingly.
First, Anne Hathaway doesn't quite work as Catwoman. She looks hot, and can act fine, but she gives the vibe of a good girl playing bad, and Catwoman, especially in Nolan's Gotham, should be darker. Second, there were too many silly voices, with Batman's growling and Bane's demented circus clown I couldn't take anything seriously. Finally, the anti-Occupy bit bugged me.
Bigger expectations bring bigger disappointments. My feeling was that the movie tried to mesh two incompatible stories ( a superhero soul-seeking story a la Miller's Dark Knight Returns and a social commentary in the vein of Children of Men) and the result was an incoherent, mildly annoying, medley. The production quality was surprisingly low too for such a franchise. I must admit now that the success of the 2nd Noln Batman was due to Heath Ledger's Joker.
Great Scott, The Dark Knight Rises is truly epic redefined. The film was partially spoiled to me, read everything about it, saw every clip and trailer available, waited in anticipation for years, but lawd almighty was it worth it! Everyone shines in this last installment, directed by C. Nolan. It inhibits all the right elements, from deep emotions, to hardcore action, to the sheer 'epicness' of Gotham City.
Truly epic sequel to Batman Begins. The pacing in the beginning is kinda rough, but it evens out quick enough. Kinda glosses over some details to tell the story, but on the initial viewing nothing really stands out as movie breaking. Surprise highlight was Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle nearly flawlessly. Great end to the trilogy.
So, power is good, as long its in the hands of the right people? Capitalism is good, as long everybody remember their role? Movies like this are about the villain. And this Bain has no identity, no chance to be a figure. This movie is so nostalgic in a bad way. It's "Gangs Of New York" - with Gas-Masks. Every question Nolan had about War On Terror, the Post-9/11-Era, he asked in the figure of the Joker. And all the answers he finds with Bain, are simply reactionary and aristocratic.
Shame on the director who left us with a spinning top in Inception for being unable to resist the urge to show or explain that which was really best left implied. Still, the Batman blew things up, therefore, win.
The scope Nolan sets is almost too staggering, but he is successful at tethering it in and, for the most part, keeping the several intertwining threads neat and in order. This, sadly, does result in numerous plotholes, and subsequent Deus Ex Machina-type situations, which is one of the worst things about the 'Superhero film' formula. But the gritty atmosphere of a harrowing socio-economic war magnifies the depths of human morality, and ends a fine trilogy on a very fine note.
The first hour was quite a slog, and it didn't really improve all that much when things finally got moving. Too bloated, trying so hard to be something grand while there's little under the surface and offering surprisingly few memorable moments. It's lazy too: how often did we need those 'character X arrives in the nick of time to save character Y' moments? And to top it all off, Bane sounds like someone doing a crappy Sean Connery impression.