THE DARK KNIGHT RISES REPEAT VIEWING
I loved The Dark Knight Rises. Many did. I thought it was a worthy conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy. Coming out of the theater I felt like the third installment came close but ultimately did not surpass 2008’s The Dark Knight. However, I saw that film three times on opening day. It took a little while to finally see Bane torment Gotham again but I’m happy I did. It’s an incredibly ambitious tale. It has it’s flaws but it was so much fun to watch and that’s what summer blockbusters are all about.
I decided to compile a list of 10 things that stood out watching the film a second time.
Honorable Mention: I want to play through Arkham City again.
10. “So that’s what that feels like.”
A lot of people raved about Anne Hathaway’s performance as Catwoman. I’m one of them. I think this is by far the best Catwoman we’ve ever seen on screen. I laughed when she disappeared on Batman leaving him to ponder how people feel when he disappears on them. Catwoman added a completely different energy to the series that worked. I wasn’t a big fan of her up beat music though. I didn’t think it fit with the rest of Hans Zimmer’s brilliant score.
9. A subtle mention of The Joker would have been nice.
There is a novelization out there that claims that The Joker is the sole inmate in Arkham during the events of The Dark Knight Rises. It also hints that he may have escaped. Either way it would have been nice to reference where the legendary villain was after The Dark Knight’s credits rolled.
8. “No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.”
Bane vs The Joker. Who had the better introduction? Overall, I think The Joker’s intro was better but Bane wins for sheer brutality. Tom Hardy’s performance is tremendous as his eyes tell the story of a violent and ruthless man. I’m so happy they fixed his voice.
7. I wish Alfred was in it more.
I understand why he doesn’t play a larger role in this film but Michael Caine was brilliant as Alfred throughout the series. It would have been nice to see him in a couple more scenes.
6. Bane is ruthless and it’s awesome.
“Search him. Then I will kill you.”
I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be that nameless henchmen who knows there is nothing he can do to escape Bane. It’s not like he can sulk and apologize to the man. It’s a terrifying thing to tell someone and that’s what makes Bane a fantastic villain. Tom Hardy’s delivery here is awesome. He’s so calm about it. I loved that scene.
5. Gordon looks hilarious climbing in and around that truck.
Come on. Tell me you didn’t find it a bit humorous watching Gordon climbing around that armored truck as it speeds down the road?
4. They really never found the Bat parked on that roof?
I wish Batman hid The Bat somewhere else. I just can’t see people missing it. I suppose we were just meant to go with it. Much like Batman suddenly appearing in Gotham after climbing out of The Pit. If it’s so difficult to get out of the city how is it any easier to get in? And when did he find time to make an elaborate fiery design of the bat symbol on that bridge. Again, it’s just a movie, so I went with it.
3. Bane’s death was WAY to abrupt.
A villain is only as good as his final moments. The Joker’s final moment was incredible with his maniacal laughter echoing as he dangled above the city he tried so hard to corrupt. Ra’s Al Ghul’s final moment with his eyes closed was fantastic as well. Here we don’t even get to see Bane go down at the hands of Batman and it came out of no where. It’s a shame. I don’t know if there is a better way for him to go down without hurting the story but I was disappointed.
2. “The shadows betray you because they belong to me.”
Bane vs Batman was incredible. Their first encounter will go down as one of my favorite fight scenes in any movie. Period. The reason is because of Bane’s constant taunting. Exposition has never been so much fun.
“Let’s not stand on ceremony here. Mr. Wayne.”
I remember back when Batman Begins was released and people were complaining about the fights being to frantic and shot with too many closeups. I didn’t have a problem with them but this fight was so different.
“I am The League of Shadows.”
It all leads up to an iconic moment from the comic books in which Bane breaks Batman’s back. Expertly choreographed fights can only take you so far on the big screen. Add in incredible characters and you raise the stakes to amazing heights. Watching Batman fight Bane was worth the wait.
1. Is this the last great Batman movie?
One of the greatest trilogies we’ve ever seen is over now. This is the last time we will visit Nolan’s remarkable vision of Gotham City and the Caped Crusader. I loved that the third film was so closely connected to the first. Everything came full circle. Batman was meant to inspire others. Anyone could be Batman.
We will never get a Robin movie staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt but it doesn’t matter. The Dark Knight’s legend lives on in Gotham. (How bad ass was that statue by the way? I’ll bet that thing is in Christopher Nolan’s basement right now.) Even though the ending felt rushed, (which is a compliment considering the film’s epic length.) it was a fitting end to the story.
So the question remains… Is this the last great Batman movie?
Who will rise up and take over the franchise when it inevitably reboots in a few years. Will we respond to a different set of rules? What kind of Batman will we see next. People will line up regardless. I know I will but it remains to be seen if they will reach and exceed expectations like Nolan’s trilogy has.
Time will tell. Thankfully, we will have Batman Begins, The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises forever.