Film Review: The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’ recently came to an end, but was all the hype and speculation accounted for? Yes and no. With what could have been the best movie in the series Nolan fooled around and allowed extensive plot holes and pitchy, so-so sound quality to interrupt the awesome-ness that is Batman. Without giving anything away, the momentum of the story loses speed and by the two-hour mark I was wishing it would end, but then it did and I was sad.
As far as the plot goes, Bane takes control of Gotham, bomb to explode in approximately five months… yeah. It was a combination of Knightfall, No Man’s Land, and The Dark Knight Returns. So, there were logistic issues and time frame issues and scratching-your-head-like-what-the-fuck issues, but overall the enthusiasm I had for Batman to succeed frosted over these inaccuracies in order for me to be a happy camper.
My biggest issue pre-release was Anne Hathaway playing Selina Kyle. Hathaway lacks the necessary sensuality of Kyle and although I have seen Hathaway naked, she is not sexy. She is cute, adorable, pretty, just not sexy. However she did not disappoint; true the sex appeal was non-existent and her chemistry with Batman/Wayne seemed a little forced, but it was an acceptable rendition of Kyle considering what we have been given in the past (cough, motherfucking Halle Berry, cough).
Another surprisingly wonderful addition to the TDK Trilogy was Bane’s voice…
You just don’t know what I would to Bane with his mask on. Actually Bane’s rendition, though one dimensional, was pulled off quite well. I’m glad that Nolan kept to his more humanized style and did not include the Venom, but the fangirl in me was disappointed. I wanted to see him get jacked up! I also wasn’t a big fan of the Talia/Bane/ Peña Dura storyline. I guess for the general audience it was neat to see their backstories intertwine like that, but I just sat and nodded. As soon as Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) opened her mouth to speak I knew she was really Talia al Ghul. It was a womp, womp moment because again Talia is a very sensual character and Cotillard was not the woman.
Tim Drake, my bad. Dick Grayson, nope. Jason Todd, ugh no! John Blake, later to be revealed legally as Robin Blake is a combination of the first three Robins. Deduces that Wayne is Batman, dead parents, thirst for justice… yeah. Again, I get that for the general audience the announcement of the name Robin is exciting, but I would have been more excited had they chosen one of the already known ones. There is also a bit of symbolism at the end with Robin being given the coordinates for the Batcave and upon swinging in he is risen —- cut to the title, The Dark Knight Rises… could it be Knight = Night = Nightwing? No? Okay.
So overall I give The Dark Knight Rises an 8.5/10. Had they shown Bane more often with his shirt off… 11.5/10.