For whatever it’s worth, praying for everyone affected in Aurora, Co.
Saw The Dark Knight Rises twice last night. Quick, spoiler-ridden thoughts post-jump (*implore anyone who’s not seen it to avoid spoilers*), but the chief takeaway is it’s an amazing film, with the most intensely satisfying, and definitive conclusion any iteration of the character has enjoyed (any iteration that i’m familiar with, anyway. And my knowledge of Batman is fairly respectable in its breadth and depth.)
-My god it’s long and dense, but was never bored. And after what Nolan’s done here, can anyone really justify splitting a movie into two parts as anything more than a financially motivated call [not that i recall anyone actually defending the splittings on Twilight/Hunger Games/Hobbit/etc. (Harry Potter gets a pass because i loved it, and it's my site) as anything more than a cash grab?]
-it’s astounding to think that it costs the same to go see this as it does something like Amazing Spider-Man, or Step Up Revolution. That’s like a random Pepperdine Waves game and Lakers playoff seats costing the same. Whether you like TDKR as much as i do, or not, i’m confident it offers the biggest return for your $12 ticket monies that you’ll get this year.
-Plays significantly better the second time around, once the expectations and unknowns are out of the way.
-even knowing exactly who Marion Cotillard was going to be playing, that reveal was brutal and surprising. Also seeing Ra’s again, however brief, was dope.
-Joseph Gordon Levitt and Anne Hathaway are so perfect here, wish they’d been introduced into the series earlier. Tom Hardy had a really tough act to follow, but still makes Bane kind of fascinating. Glad Nolan preserved his mystery, even if his final exit was a bit less than the character deserved.
-the idea of Batman retiring, and Bruce going recluse for 8 years seems to be very divisive. In that time, however, he did manage to design and build a fusion reactor capable of generating free power on a massive scale, and did it without a Dr. Manhattan around to copy off of.
-don’t have a definite read on the politics of this story, and my appreciation of art is definitely not tied to how well it mirrors or affirms my own beliefs, but soda came out of my nose when Bane spoke of utilizing the illusion of hope to manipulate the masses.
-Not since The Passion of the Christ has a beloved figure been this thoughroughly and unrelentingly brutalized, and Mel Gibson gets a pass for following the source material. It got a bit much for me in TDKR, at times…i’d suspect Nolan kinda hates Batman, were it not for that most perfect ending.
- i lost it with the bit at the end with Alfred in the cafe. Both times. The whole series was worthwhile just to get to that payoff. Where were the kids, though? He’d specifically mentioned kids! Was hoping to see a little Helena/future Huntress.
-As for the impending reboot, i don’t think i’m taking anything away from Nolan by saying he’s not always the most imaginative action director. I hope Warners finds someone who can come up with something that rivals the video game visual experience of soaring over Arkham City, before diving directly into a group of thugs, all in one continuous take.