The Dark Knights Rises …not so much.
I’m not one of these reactionary internet trolls who say thing like “this movie blows, man”and “they totally ruined the franchise.” And I don’t think myself a film expert for simply having watched them all my life. I don’t feel qualified to tell Christopher Nolan he screwed the pooch, but to be honest, I didn’t love it. Certainly nowhere near as much as either Batman Begins or The Dark Knight. They felt complete, this feels condensed.
Rises is everything it should be, I suppose. It’s flashy, loud, well-acted and paced and you can’t beat how it looks, very much in keeping with the first two. But to say that there were plot points that stretched the limits of my suspension of disbelief is an understatement. But that’s OK. I mean, it’s a movie about a billionaire who battles crime dressed like a bat. That’s not my main gripe, though.
First and foremost, even for a long as it is, the movie felt rushed. I could literally feel the heavy hand of the editor crunching dialogue together to keep the plot from completely falling apart. They could have easily added another hour of plot and character development – which was probably shot or, at the very least, written – and just split the damn thing into two movies and doubled their money. It certainly would have made for a more satisfying movie-going experience.
And I’m not talking about Anne Hathaway here, who is the best thing in the film – I can’t believe I just typed that – but why is it that just because two big name stars of the opposite sex are in a film, they have to hook up? The “relationship” between Bale and Cotillard was so out of left field it was laughable. There HAD to have been more more story there.
And, honestly, some of the action sequences were downright ridiculous and not in a good way.
All that said, I still give it an 8. Movie-making at this level, the production value alone elevates a film. And there is still a lot to like, the aforementioned Hathaway, Michael Caine, as always, Gary Oldman and Christian Bale, who I thought was excellent. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was fine and so was his Inception alum Tom Hardy, but I wasn’t emotionally invested in either. The same goes for Cotillard. Morgan Freeman was wasted this time out.
And if you want to know, yes, I enjoyed The Avengers more.