The Dark Knight Rises
I saw this movie last night with my daughter and really liked it. Rather than write a traditional review, however, I thought I would just start a discussion on it using the things I liked and didn’t like about it, and some things I was surprised about.
WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE, THINK TWICE BEFORE READING FURTHER.
Catwoman. Though she was never referred to as Catwoman, Anne Hathaway’s jewel thief Selina Kyle was realistic, engaging and struck just the right tone of rebellious, world-weary sexpot.
Alfred. The subplot between Bruce and his faithful valet over the note from Rachel and Alfred’s concern about Batman’s endgame was touching and effective.
Miranda Tate. Marion Cotillard is a fabulous addition to any cast, especially one involving Christopher Nolan as director. This character provided great drama and a shocking twist. I am not pleasantly surprised by movie characters like this often enough.
The pacing. Good idea to keep it moving, but the pace of this movie is generally such a breathless rush that you always feel like you’re being dragged out of a scene before you can process what just happened. There are some scenes that need time to let the emotional effect sink in. No time for that in this movie though.
The sound. I may be just getting old, but I found it hard to hear some of the lines over the background noise. Especially with regard to Bane, I found myself unable to pick up some of the dialogue. Bane’s amplified voice was just garbled a lot of the time for me.
Robin. I thought this was the last of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Why introduce a new character at the end if you’re dropping the story?
Overall, this was a very entertaining movie. I especially liked the ending, which I didn’t see coming at all. Let me know your thoughts on this summer blockbuster below.