The Dark Knight Rises Review

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TDKR was not just a movie: it was the end of a true trilogy. It had the task of not only delivering an epic movie experience, but it also had to wrap up Nolan’s Batman universe while living up to the high standards of the first two movies. And while this movie is FAR from perfect and probably doesn’t quite live up to the first two, it is still a great comic book movie that ties up Nolan’s Batman trilogy quite well.

Nolan tried to up the stakes big time in this movie. Frankly, he tried to do a bit too much in my opinion. His ambition lead to some big plot holes and it made the movie seem a bit sloppy and long. But man… can he make a cinematic experience. His use of music (or no music when needed) and camera angles are second to none. I did not even see it in IMAX and I thought it was a very good looking movie.

Nolan also NAILED the casting once again. He actually made Catwoman (well Selena Kyle) interesting and not a big bag of suck. And Hathaway fit the role perfectly. John Blake was an interesting character and Lewvit or whatever his name is nailed it. The returning cast was there usual great selves. Bane was also played as well as you can expect from Hardy. The mask really limited what he could do (his only emotion was essentially crazy eyes) and I wish he was taller as it was obvious the whole movie they were shooting at an angle to increase his height. But Bane was as menacing as he should have been and was physically imposing. Unfortunately his voice SUCKED and was incredibly hard to understand in spots.

So where did Nolan go wrong? The dialogue was surprisingly bad and incredibly cheesy in parts, which was extremely odd given the tone of the trilogy. The hand-to-hand fighting scenes were once again one note and the same old stuff, although the first Bane-Batman fight was handled pretty well and was as brutal as it should have been. And once again… Batman was barely on screen and was just a supporting character. One odd thing about the movie was the passage of time. Five months went by in a blink of a scene and it just felt off. It was mentioned randomly and it totally caught me off guard.

But really… the third act is where shit just hit the “what the fuck?” fan and not in a good way. I can’t say much without spoiling the movie but it just ruined some of the characterizations of the character and it seemed like a mess.

I did however like the very end of the movie and felt it was a good way to end this trilogy.

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Rotten Tomatoe’s Rating: 87% Audience: 93%

Shadow’s Rating: 8/10– TDKR breaks the “third movie curse” and was a satisfying end to The Dark Knight trilogy.

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Pros, cons, and SPOILERS after the jump.

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Cons:

– How did Bale get back to Gotham (through the blockades mind you) from The Pit without any money again?

– They built Bane up to be this criminal mastermind and then in the last 5 minutes he was on screen they turned him into a whimpering bitch who was just a pawn of Talia. What the fuck? They completely sucked the life out of Bane in the third act just to have a big twist. The last Batman/Bane fight was dumb. It was EXACTLY LIKE THE FIRST except this time one of Batman’s punches happened to knock his mask loose and he turns into a bitch.

– I just can’t imagine a world where Alfred would leave Bruce. And I can’t imagine why Bruce wouldn’t’ at least tells those closest to him (Alfred, Lucius, Gordon) that he was still alive.

– Bane’s voice was terrible.

– The “trial” scenes were a huge waste and I think they should have just been removed from the movie to cut the run time down.

– The lack of Venom being mentioned kind of pissed me off.

– I still don’t 100% understand the motivations of Bane and Talia. Was it always a suicide mission or what?

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Pros:

– Acting was top notch, highlighted by Bale and Hathaway. Catwoman actually didn’t suck surprisingly and was used really well.

– The movie was just beautifully made. Nolan is a fantastic film maker.

– If you didn’t know going in that Tate was Talia, the twist may have been fun.

– The first Bane/Batman fight was brutal and well done. The use of music (or the lack there of) was awesome. And he BROKE THE BAT! Thank you Nolan for that.

– Through camera tricks and just pure size, Hardy was physically imposing enough to play Bane.

– The Bat was a bit cooler than I expected.

– Robin was a nice touch and a welcome addition to the cast. Nice way to sneak him in the movie, although Robin taking over as Batman without the League of Shadows training is a death sentence.

– Batman’s voice was better, until the part where he interrogated Bane.

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12 thoughts on “The Dark Knight Rises Review”

  1. That’s beyond huge, it puts you in the top 12 in the country since 2007, according to PLW. Fucking amazing work man.
     
    Obligatory: what were your other lifts? Or were you bench only?

  2. Thanks guys, That one was a bench only comp for me.  I’d like to start doing full power soon, I just began training the deadlift and squat about half a year (regularly) ago and i’d like to get them on par with my bench first.  I really want to break the bench press World Record in the Drug tested 242 class of 600, or if i could stand to not eat garbage for a month and a half, the drug tested world record in the 220 class of 551, so i’m also really focused on the bench right now.  Good to be here guys, i didn’t even know this site existed till a couple weeks ago..  

  3. Holy shit this was nuts! Happy to have you here man! Want to drop a word of wisdom on how you trained this monstrous bench? General training outline and background?

  4. I really want to break the bench press World Record in the Drug tested 242 class of 600, or if i could stand to not eat garbage for a month and a half, the drug tested world record in the 220 class of 551

    Depending on bf% and how much muscle you lose during a cut (being drug free makes a fair bit of difference there), the 220 record shouldn’t be too far away. If you weren’t drug free, I’d say just go for the 220 class while ripped to shreds. 

  5. Holy shit this was nuts! Happy to have you here man! Want to drop a word of wisdom on how you trained this monstrous bench? General training outline and background?

    All i can tell you is what works for me, I don’t do anything fancy, i’m a big subscriber to simplicity when it comes to strength training, just get under the bar and start benching.  The best advice I could probably give you is make sure you’re doing high volume.  About 7 years ago i was stuck at 335.  I decided to do high volume sets (alot of sets) on the bench for chest and my bench went from 335 to 425 in about 6 or 7 months.  At the time i was doing about 16 sets of full range bench press for sets of 5.  Now i do sets of bench press until i don’t want to do it anymore for sets of 3 – 5 reps.  Sometimes i’ll do a day of nothing but singles or doubles and everynow and then i do some board work with a 4×4, but usually only when i feel my shoulder is acting up too much for full range.  So yea, High volume worked for me, i don’t know if it would work for anyone else, but it got my bench moving quick…..one other thing, i recently tried to implement speed benching into my routine, and it gave me ALOT of shoulder pain, so i do not recommend it.  Thanks for the welcome dude, its good to be here.  Let me know if you ever have any questions or want someone else’s opinion.  

  6. All i can tell you is what works for me, I don’t do anything fancy, i’m a big subscriber to simplicity when it comes to strength training, just get under the bar and start benching.  The best advice I could probably give you is make sure you’re doing high volume.  About 7 years ago i was stuck at 335.  I decided to do high volume sets (alot of sets) on the bench for chest and my bench went from 335 to 425 in about 6 or 7 months.  At the time i was doing about 16 sets of full range bench press for sets of 5.  Now i do sets of bench press until i don’t want to do it anymore for sets of 3 – 5 reps.  Sometimes i’ll do a day of nothing but singles or doubles and everynow and then i do some board work with a 4×4, but usually only when i feel my shoulder is acting up too much for full range.  So yea, High volume worked for me, i don’t know if it would work for anyone else, but it got my bench moving quick…..one other thing, i recently tried to implement speed benching into my routine, and it gave me ALOT of shoulder pain, so i do not recommend it.  Thanks for the welcome dude, its good to be here.  Let me know if you ever have any questions or want someone else’s opinion.  

    I’ve heard a lot about the shoulder pain associated with speed benching, maybe check out the slingshot. It was pretty much invented to bench either injured or pain free. 
     
    One reason I think high volume probably worked is that most powerlifters omit such volume from their training, preferring to focus on singles and triples and such. I’ve been seeing a fair amount recently about the benefits of a more balanced program which includes high volume along with the heavier stuff. “The best training program is the one you aren’t doing right now.” 

  7. I’ve heard a lot about the shoulder pain associated with speed benching, maybe check out the slingshot. It was pretty much invented to bench either injured or pain free. 
     
    One reason I think high volume probably worked is that most powerlifters omit such volume from their training, preferring to focus on singles and triples and such. I’ve been seeing a fair amount recently about the benefits of a more balanced program which includes high volume along with the heavier stuff. “The best training program is the one you aren’t doing right now.” 

    I’ve been looking into the slingshot.  I think i’m going to get one here pretty soon.  If nothing else it’ll help on those days when the shoulder is acting up.  
     
    Thats true, i’ve noticed i usually progress steadily when i implement an ever evolving routine.

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