Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises
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Warning: Minor spoilers in paragraph four.
Eightyears have passed since Gotham City lost its greatest warrior, DistrictAttorney Harvey Dent. Since then,organized crime and crime in general has disappeared from the streets, with CommissionerJames Gordon (Oldman) still in charge. Allgoes right in Gotham without the help of the Dark Knight. In fact, Bruce Wayne (Bale) has not been seenin years, whether it be as the Caped Crusader or the billionaire playboy. With a healthy Gotham City and need for a “vigilante”at an all-time low, what could possibly go wrong? A lot, and in more ways than one.
Since2002 when I had the privilege of seeing “Insomnia” in theaters, I have beenable to consider Christopher Nolan a reliable director to provide the true thrillsand suspense that is missing in most big-budget movies these days. Nolan’s first two Batman films may be greatbut his originals in between (The Prestige & Inception) are his truemasterpieces. With a history like this,it makes the failure of The Dark Knight Rises all the more depressing.
Thedecision to use the villain Bane (Hardy) was a mistake. A huge mistake. Bane is not an interesting villain,whatsoever. His backstory is notparticularly fascinating and his method of his terror is rather boring. But worst of all, Bane’s voice is borderlinelaughable and eventually becomes a hazard on the ears. Bane’s voice is a combination of Ian McKellan& Master Control Program from “Tron”. I wish I could hear Bane’s original voice so I could understand whyeveryone was freaking out at first.
WhatChristopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan, who co-wrote the screenplay, do toyour favorite characters in the series both baffling & unforgivable. (SPOILERS!) Why does Alfred disappear halfway through? What is the point of Commish Gordon being in a hospital bed for at least an hour? And didn’t Bruce Wayne already go through an identity crisis? (END SPOILERS) The ending actionsequence began and Braveheart broke out. Nolan also gave cinematographer Wally Pfister very little to work with,another major disappointment. All thatbeing said, only Anne Hathaway could of played Selena Kyle/Catwoman. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a bonafide moviestar, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
Overall, I don’t believe I have ever been let down this much by a theatricalrelease. “The Dark Knight Rises” provesthat a great villain is needed for a superhero movie, or any movie for thatmatter, to be effective. I hope Nolangoes for something out there and original in three or four years. Am I discouraged? Not really. Even Spielberg made “The Terminal”.
** (out of 5 stars)