Well, I at last saw the final part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and since it was a pretty big movie of last year, I decided to do a spoiler-free post with some of my thoughts. Also, I might sound a bit harsh but I do want to assure everyone, I did like the movie! It was a fun ride and a decent conclusion to the trilogy. It just wasn’t my favorite of the trilogy nor my favorite superhero film.
I’m going to spit it out right off the bat and say that while I enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises, I did like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight better. There was a different feeling to TDKR that was missing from the first two that I missed, I think it was just simply the dark atmosphere of Gotham. In TDKR the street’s seemed brighter and the city looked more modern and too different. To me, it had a different atmosphere and I missed the darkness, the grimness of the old Gotham.
I don’t want give anything away because I know some people who want to see it, haven’t seen it and there are some pretty big twists. These were great but I won’t talk about them now.
Bane? He would have been scarier if his voice hadn’t been so muffled. There were points that I felt like giggling at him even though he was saying serious stuff because it just sounded funny. He’s a good villian but I disagree with people who say he’s better or even equal to The Joker. Then again, it would be rather unfair to compare those two. Seriously, even Tom Hiddelston has said that Heather Ledger set an incredibly high bar. My overall thoughts? To me, he didn’t live up to the everyone’s proclamations that he was ‘an amazing villain’. He certainly didn’t win his way on to my favorite’s list.
Catwoman? An interesting character, but she didn’t make it to my favorite ‘strong women’ list beside people like Black Widow or Sarah Conner. And she wore silly highheels which always throws me because you simply can’t do strong action moves in highheels. Seriously. Unrealistic. Her relationship with Batman/Wayne was interesting to watch but I’m not sure about them being *SPOILER* a couple. I’m just not sure what I think about that. *END OF SPOILER*
John Blake? I will get a lot of hate for this, but I would have liked this character more if Jospeh Gordan-Levitt hadn’t played him. For some rather unknown reason, I don’t really like that actor very much (reasons are actually not altogether unknown; I think because he reminds me of someone I’d like to forget that I don’t like him.) The character was great, he was practically the only police detective with any sense through out the whole film.
The soundtrack was amazing as usual; the music for all three movies are some of my favorite ever.
As always, I loved seeing the return of Alfred and Lucius Fox, they’re great, classic characters. It was also good to see Gordan, but I felt really bad for him throughout most of the movie.
Ultimately, as I said before, The Dark Knight Rises was a good movie, it finished everything off well; it even left it open for a possible but unlikely fourth movie. However, for me, it simply didn’t surpass the awesomeness of The Dark Knight and it’s amazing character clash between Batman and Ledger’s ‘legendary’ Joker. It will have to be an amazing character combination to beat those two.