Reviews and Problems with Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
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The Dark Knight Rises
4 April 2014
Excerpt: Na een overtuigende come back in Batman Begins en een zinderende opvolger in The Dark Knight, is de uitdaging groot dit te overtreffen. De verwachting wat mij betreft al even groot. The Dark Knight Rises haalt bij lange na zijn voorganger niet. Is het een slechte film dan? Nee, dat niet. Helemaal niet slecht. Aardig verhaal, aardige trucage, redelijke spanning. Een film die helemaal niet storend is om te kijken en ook het uitzien waard is.
Excerpt: Possible Spoilers, but who cares, we've all seen it. I remember walking out of the theater, having witnessed The Dark Knight Rises, and thinking to myself: Wow. That was perfect. It wasn't. I came to understand that. For a time I actually hated this film, but after another watch, it solidified itself as amazing. When I was expecting The Dark Knight Part II, I got something different. It's quiet, it's toned down, it's almost a character study.
Excerpt: Christopher Nolan is an interesting case of auteur. His Dark Knight Trilogy has become one of the most financially successful trilogies of all time, but at the same time he’s directed far more original pictures like Memento (one of my favorite movies of all time) and Following. He walks the line between serious film maker and blockbuster kingpin, and does so surprisingly well.
Excerpt: Epic, ambitious, and dark. Bloated, over-long, and messy. The Dark Knight Rises still succeeds on it's own terms by being a daring summer action flick. Coming from Christopher Nolan, however, the film is sophisticated and deeper than other comic-to-screen adaptations. Have no doubts, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman knocks the role out of the park.
Excerpt: Gotham City is once again in trouble as Bane arrived knocking down all the people in town and spreads terror releasing prisoners to magnify violence. *** Finally it came. The Dark Knight topped my list of action movies. The Dark Knight Rises would probably land not far from it. Honestly, my expectations weren't met by this latest Batman movie, but I wouldn't say it wasn't good. It is good, just that I appreciate more Joker's story than Bane's.
Summary: ...I came out of The Dark Knight Rises with, well, a shrug. An all around feeling of "meh". Which has only been amplified by my recent re-watching of The Dark Knight (which is far from a perfect film itself). I'll be brief and try to keep things as spoiler-free as possible, but nothing really made a whole lot of sense to me with Rises. Not Batman's leave of absence, not the villains or their ridiculous plan, and certainly not the end.