Just to let you know, like the rest of the world, I have seen The Dark Knight Rises. I saw it opening night, over two weeks ago, but haven’t written a review yet for two reasons: 1, I haven’t had time, and 2, I didn’t really have anything to say that everyone else hasn’t already said. So, I’m not going to review it yet. What I am going to do is wait until it comes out on DVD, buy it, watch it again, and then review it. Simple. Hopefully by then everyone will be over the inundation of Batman reviews. In the meantime, here’s my quick thoughts on the film:
- I was disappointed, mainly because I went in expecting to be disappointed, and I really hate being wrong.
- Bane sounded like Sean Connery doing a Darth Vader impersonation into an empty pint glass in a wind tunnel. At times this seemed ridiculous, at other times I couldn’t tell what he was saying. Tom Hardy did well though, but I wasn’t that keen on Bane as the villain, he didn’t have the presence of the Joker.
- I don’t know why Anne Hathaway is receiving sure rave reviews for her performance, she almost ruined the movie for me. Her incessant quips and one-liners almost turned it into Mr. Freeze-style Batman & Robin for me. Marion Cotillard should have been Catwoman.
- Michael Caine deserves an Oscar nomination for Alfred.
- The Bat (the plane thing) was in no way cool enough. In Batman Begins, I wanted a Tumbler. In The Dark Knight, I needed a Bat-pod. In The Dark Knight Rises, I didn’t care about the Bat.
- I approved of Joseph Gordon-Levitt having a large role in the film, and of his last minute reveal. I didn’t see it coming, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
- I got the feeling Christopher and Jonathan Nolan had run out of ideas with the film, so used stock superhero plot devices – a ticking bomb, a busload of orphans – to fill in the blanks.
- What the hell was Juno Temple doing in this film? Her character was almost completely superfluous.
- Tom Lennon as the doctor (possibly the same one he played in Memento) was incredibly distracting and took me right out of the film.
- There’s a terrible exposition scene, in which Catwoman has the ‘Clean Slate’ device she is after explained to her when she obviously already knows what it is. This annoyed me, yet no-one else seems to have picked up on it.
- Unlike the Dark Knight and even Batman Begins, there were almost no scenes that left any marked impression on me.
With all those negative points, you’d be forgiven for thinking I didn’t like it, but honestly its a lot better than most other films, and was in no way as big a disappointment as Prometheus. I shall definitely add it to my DVD collection, but alas I’m still looking for that elusive film that I’m willing to pay to see at the cinema twice. I’ve heard that this is one of those films that’s better the second time around, and I genuinely hope this is the case. Expect a more detailed review in the next 12-15 months.
Choose film 8/10