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.
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.
Pros, cons, and SPOILERS after the jump.
– 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?
– 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.