(Note: Although I was at one of the marathon Batman screenings on Thursday evening, I didn’t learn about the tragedy in Aurora until late Friday morning. My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who lost their lives.)
I went into The Dark Knight Rises with medium hopes. I’d hoped it would be a very good movie, and it would be a brilliant ending to a great movie trilogy. I really didn’t expect the movie to complete with The Dark Knight.
Getting a chance to see The Dark Knight just before the midnight showing did nothing to change my mind.
Is “Rises” a good movie? Yes, it’s a very good albeit very long movie. For me, though, it could have been better.
I’m not going into a rant here about what I didn’t like about the story because I don’t want to give away aspects of the movie. Also, this would become a novel instead of a post.
What worked in the movie?
Christian Bale is still great as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Michael Caine has some great moments as Alfred.
I was actually surprised by Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman. I think she did a great job even though I’m not entirely sure why the character was in the movie.
Even with the voice cleanup, there were still moments where I wasn’t entirely sure what Tom Hardy’s Bane was saying. I was pretty “meh” about Bane in the movie. I understood why they picked him as the villain, but I also knew it was very unlikely anyone who played any villain in this movie would surpass Heath Ledger’s legendary Joker in the Dark Knight.
Ok. I will say this. I swear I’ve seen that mask of Bane’s from somewhere before.
Try to sit through the entire 2 hours and 45 minutes without wanting Bane to say “Luke, I am your father.”
For me, there were more than a few holes in the story. There were a few “Wait, what?” moments as well, and I think they could have been more daring at the ending (but wasn’t surprised they didn’t go there).
There was also one name uttered near the very end that made me cringe.
Then again, I’m a reader of the Batman comics and I’m more familiar with how things played out in the comics. There were some bad points in the comics, too, but overall, it was a very good series.
My verdict? Go see it. It’s a very good movie that wraps up the trilogy decently, just not brilliantly.