Monday 20 August 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is an exciting and extremely well made film but while I loved Anne Hathaway's take on Catwoman, ultimately there was no way the film could have ever bettered its predecessor.

Some may object to not having Batman (in costume) appear for much of the film but I thought this was actually a bold move that made the moments he did appear in the role even more exciting. Instead, the problem for me was that it lacked a compelling villain. Tom Hardy does a great job but Batman is always at its most dark and interesting when he is pitted against fantastic and deranged villains; Heath Ledger's Joker being the perfect example. Bane was not only difficult to understand but he was also just a little bit bland, which is disappointing when you consider how many amazing Batman villains they could have chosen. 

On top of that, I was also left a bit cold by the performances of both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, who I normally love, and a finale that wrapped everything up in a too-perfect Hollywood ending.
After all is said and done then, you’re left with a film that is great in lots of ways but is lacking the special something it needs to become the classic it so clearly wants to be.
Rating; 4 out of 5 gross Bruce Wayne beards (does anyone still find Christian Bale attractive?)

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