THE DARK KNIGHT MAINLY RISES, BUT LIMPS IN PLACES

TDKR
9 Overall Score
Creativity: 9/10
Story: 9/10
Cast: 9/10

Great acting, incredible sets, and action sequences.

Campy lines, and bad jokes.

The Dark Knight Rises
DC Comics
2012

Let’s cut to the chase, The Dark Knight Rises was a well-made movie, for the most part, but I couldn’t help detecting a slight camp factor starting to creep in, a la Joel Schumacher’s debauchery, known as Batman and Robin. This isn’t done in obvious way, but discretely placed throughout the film.

I’d never thought I’d roll my eyes at any scenes in this franchise, but I caught myself doing just that. What am I referring to? An example would be when, in a scene where Anne Hathaway‘s character, Catwoman, is rescued from Bane (played by Tom Hardy) by Batman (Christian Bale), and decides to “disappear,” Batman style.

This causes the Dark Knight to respond “So that’s what that feels like.”  Although it garnered a chuckle from the audience, I didn’t feel this fit into Christoper Nolan‘s (director) great sense of realism offered by the other two preceding Batman films, but rather dislocates the realistic momentum that helps grant the sense of authenticity when watching the former Dark Knight installments.

 Also, it takes away from the effort and work accomplished by Wayne/Batman in his training, regarding the stealth-like arts of the assassins that helped him hone his unique talents in the first place. What, did Catwoman got through the same training (not just in disappearing, but in fighting ability as well)? This is never discussed in the film, and seems out of place.

Also, there were many of those dreaded one-liners that make it into most Hollywood fare. Case in point: “Cat got your tongue?” I felt myself thinking Ertha Kitt was going come back from the dead, and do her famous purring sound effect. The obviousness of a certain character’s fate is another eye-roller. My largest complaint is that head-scratcher of an ending (WTF?). Limping aside, the Dark Knight, does indeed rise, from its  great opening sequence,glorious sets, astonishing sound, good acting, decent plot, suspense, and great use of its characters: there’s Alfred’s devotion, to his employer.

There’s the use of loved ones, long gone (Bruce’s parents, Rachel, etc). Another is Bruce Wayne, seen teetering on the brink of failure, only to truly rise up again, and help his redemption, come to light, for supposedly being a murderer (via Harvey Dent). This tension is superbly culminated, when Batman,  while meeting up again with Bane, in an awe-inspiring moment, declares: “I came back to stop you.” Whoah. Honestly, I didn’t expect this installment to be as good as it was. I mean, how does one exactly top The Dark Knight, in its perfection, as a super hero movie? It doesn’t. But, like it’s main character…it damn-sure tries.


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Evel Steve began life in Miami, reading comics, mainly from the 70's and early 80's, as well as watching and worshiping tv shows,movies, and some toys from that era as well. A proud Gen-Xer, evel steve has slammed danced at some classic punk rock shows of the mid 80's, funky raves and alternative shows from the 90's, as well as some of classic hardcore/death metal shows from this same time period. Eventually he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he has continued to live his hermetic, misanthropic existence, in search of weird movies, weird music, and making the occasional amateur sex video. evel steve is fluent in English AND Spanish, so you Mexican workers who talk bad about him, while he's in the room, watch out! evel steve also speaks Haitian Creole, and secretly works for the Ton-Ton Macoutes! evel steve also has a very tiny, but very odd video collection.Watch out for his horrible and disgusting movie and music reviews, coming to a psychotronic mind-meld near you!