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.
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.
As part of Tolkien week, Peter Jackson has just unleashed a brand new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Finally some new footage! The first trailer was similar and focused on introducing the Dwarves and Bag End. This new reel gives us a better look at Middle Earth and tons of action.
On to some of the best moments:
5. Dwarves are funny.
“You’ve got to be joking.”
4. Gandalf on fire.
You shall not burn this tree down!
3. New creatures.
I can’t wait to see Smaug but there are enough new creatures in this trailer to hold us over until December. (Assuming we get to see him in the first film.)
2. New places. Old friends.
“Home is now behind you. The world is ahead.”
Middle Earth. It’s good to see you again.
“We eats it whole.”
We all loved Gollum and this moment certainly brings back memories. One of the greatest characters in modern movies returns in a few months!
It’s hard to believe The Fellowship of the Ring arrived nearly 11 years ago. Time flies.
If you’re good at something never do it for free. I remember this scene being one of the clips they released prior to The Dark Knight’s release. I must have watched it 50 times leading up to the midnight screening on opening night.
Put into context, this is the moment when the criminals of Gotham realize they unleashed the wrong clown.
9. THE HERO WE DESERVE
What a great way to end one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen. Commissioner Gordon sums up what Batman means to Gotham perfectly.
8. HIT ME!
Batman’s code is tested. This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
7. YOU’RE GONNA LOVE ME
One of the most memorable moments from Batman Begins was Batman’s first appearance when he pulls Falcone out of the limo and states:
This is The Dark Knight’s equivalent as the Joker finally comes face to face with the Caped Crusader.
6. TWO FACE AWAKENS
This is more of an editorial pick you might say. I love that Nolan chose to mute the scream and include a faint score. It’s a powerful moment as Harvey Dent realizes what he’s lost and rips off the bandages screaming. Great stuff.
5. HE MISSED!
They flipped over a transport! That’s what I love about the tone of this series. It’s ‘grounded in reality’ but transports can still lift off the ground.
4. THE GOOD COP BAD COP ROUTINE
If you’ve never read The Dark Knights screenplay give it a shot and then watch this scene. What Heath Ledger did with those masterful words is nothing short of brilliant.
3. YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW I GOT THESE SCARS?
“Nothing in his pockets except knives and lint.”
I love the mystery surrounded this force. This agent of chaos is also a terrific storyteller.
I remember watching this movie with my Dad. I really hyped it up after seeing the film 3 times on opening day. When the Tumbler’s left front wheel started spinning he didn’t know what to expect. Then the Bat-Pod emerged.
“Whoa. That was pretty cool.”
And that is why Christopher Nolan and his creative team are a big bunch of loveable super awesome genius people.
1. THE MAGIC TRICK
Now that’s an entrance! As I mentioned above, I saw The Dark Knight 3 separate times on opening day and people applauded this moment every single time. One of my favorite characters introductions in movie history.
People love that moment but you can’t help but feel for the guy with the pencil rammed through his eye socket.
The Dark knight rises is only a few days away so if you would like to build on the excitement even more then why not watch first and second installments of the Nolan franchise. If you join the LOVEFiLM trial then you can watch free movies online which include both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.