The Dark Knight Rises – Fading to Gray?

The third film falls short in this reviewer’s opinion.

A big thanks to Emil for this review!

What it lacks in storytelling, it attempts to cover with massive explosions and crashes and even more garish Han Zimmer scores. Nolan has a penchant for these. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) plot seems strikingly similar to Batman Begins (2005) although far more muddled and the delivery far too long and tedious throughout. The characters are vastly less well developed; in particular, Bane’s ‘badness’ – played by Tom Hardy – pales in comparison to those prior more sinister evildoers in the earlier Nolan films. Christian Bale, who returns as the Dark Knight, lacks the direct emotional cords that tied him – and us – to both Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008): no stakes for the courageous man, only obstacles for the dispassionate superhero. Obvious omissions in the story are commonplace – laughable in parts – for example, at one point Gotham Police are trapped for months in the city’s sewer system, yet when freed look as if they are leaving for work on a routine morning: bathed, shaved, and dressed as immaculately (hats included) as when they were trapped months earlier! Add numerous similar omissions, a lack of dark stealthiness the prior two films epitomized – which incidentally, is glaringly absent, and the unforgivably commercial ending and Nolan has done what his antagonists’ could not. Do Gotham and your fellow moviegoers a favor: wait until you can rent it for a $1, or better yet – wait to catch it free online – else, such dark nights will indeed rise again.

2 out of 5 

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Criticize the Dark Knight Rises?

You mad, bro?

Adamant fans are loosing their minds and posting some pretty vicious responses to the handful of negative reviews that The Dark Knight Rises has garnered all across the internet. Nolan’s telling everyone to chill, because he (and anyone sensible) knows this movie will be awesome, no matter what one out of every ten “professional” critics thinks.

I think the only thing sillier than fans attacking the negative reviews would be the reviewing critics themselves. Who thinks this movie is going to be a letdown? I just can’t think there’d be any other reason for a negative review besides serving as link bait (and ad revenue from all the raging fans).

Anywho, I’m just ready for the weekend so I can watch this thing!

Wild Fact:
Did you know that Bane is a republican, and Nolan wrote his part to defile presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and the entire Republican Party? Naw, that’s impossible. Silly Rush Limbaugh. Seriously, you’re a sillyhead. Batman has no politics, only justice!

Is Robin in The Dark Knight Rises?

It’s a TRILOGY, Batman!

I stumbled across an interesting article today that provides some intriguing insight on the highly anticipated conclusion to the amazing and bleak trilogy on the Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan.

The premise:
While I am a little disappointed that the Riddler didn’t make an appearance in the final film (I still am holding out some semblance of hope/despair), some digging by determined fans shows some interesting clues that another character from the series could make a previously unannounced appearance: Batman’s faithful sidekick, Robin!

If the rumors prove true, will Nolan’s interpretation of Robin become a memorable addition to the series? Early talk has it that Anne Hathaway as Catwoman is excellent, so Robin will certainly have to make an impression if he shows up. (Cat got your tongue?)

After seeing this revelation, I am excited to potentially see Nolan’s dark twist on Robin. I think the evidence is at least a very interesting coincidence, but it sure seems like a safe bet to me. Read the article and form your own opinion, but I am not embarrassed to make the claim here: Robin will appear in the Dark Knight Rises.

If I am lucky, The Riddler will get a mention (doubtful, but hey, a man can dream…)