The Dark Knight Rises

July 21, 2012 at 8:50 am | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

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Christopher Nolan had an almost impossible task in trying to live up to his last film, “The Dark Knight” (which was also the 25th film I saw in 2008 and was number 16 on my list).  He makes an admirable attempt but, ultimately, this feels like the weakest of the series.  It lacks the mood and aesthetic of the first two films; Gotham now feels like New York and not the gorgeous, dark monstrosity it was in “Batman Begins.”  Bane is a suitable enough villain and makes sense when you see this film as the last in a trilogy; this and the first movie are tied together in a way that gives a sense of completeness.  The plot takes Bruce Wayne on an emotional journey (literally resulting in the Dark Knight rising) that fills out his character and presents an evolution to him that fits with a final movie.  The trilogy definitely has a story arc and ends well, with a sense of completeness lacking in every other superhero series I’ve seen thus far.  And kudos to Anne Hathaway for pulling off Catwoman beautifully when I was sure she could not do it.

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