Jul 30, 2012

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)


One of the smartest Directors of our generation is about to conclude his famous saga. Oh yes, you should anticipate what’s he going to do next. Christopher Nolan has built a superb franchise through two successful prequels “Batman Begins” (2005) and ”The Dark Knight” (2008). No wonder everyone is hyped about it and the excitement is rising high. The Batman character has changed a lot over the years. The two most important influences are Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Batman: Year One” (1987) and Tim Burton’s movie “Batman” (1989), not just changing the image entirely but also affecting today’s superhero movies. What I’m trying to say is you will soon witness a historic event as well. We are going to see the next phase of Batman’s transition. In thiz grand finale to an epic trilogy, Christopher Nolan definitely takes Batman to the whole new level. Christian Bale also deserves a credit for making Bruce Wayne character even more dynamic and attractive. Bale is certainly not just an ordinary Actor, he can play any character he wants, not just good, but great. I don’t know why Nolan takes so many risks by changing the winning formula. Spoiler Alert! There are more day scenes than night scenes, Bruce Wayne becomes poor, firing Alfred and other radical changes. As a matter of fact, it’s not Bat at all! I don’t feel like I have been watching Batman movie, it’s more like a typical Nolan’s movie that happens to be Batman in it. There is no doubt that the Joker was potrayed amazingly by the late Heath Ledger in ”The Dark Knight” (2008). Christopher Nolan himself knows very well that he should find something new, something phenomenal enough to replace it. Well, at least he has done half of his homework. Although the merciless masked villain Bane (Tom Hardy) is very terrifying, especially through his monstrous voice and intimidating appearance, but it is lack of character. Catwoman doesn’t leave any impression. Yes, she is still sexy but only physically. I can hardly remember anything besides Catwoman becomes Anne Hathaway, instead of the other way around. Better performances come from two Cast members of ”Inception” (2010), Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It makes five of them, the others are Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy. The other regular Cast members are Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox. In fact, in the middle of the story, the movie loses its track, too many unnecessary scenes, sometimes too wordy and almost flat out boring. Even worse, it’s compounded by one-dimensional fight choreography. Everytime Batman and Bane fight, it looks like B-Class movie. But I still think “The Bike Chase Scene” is spectacular. In the end, hey it’s Christopher Nolan! Of course, he saves something for the ending. Finally, I can say the epic concludes with a very classy way, typical Nolan’s twists and turns. It’s another ambiguous ending from him. Don’t you ever discuss it or you will find yourself in the middle of never-ending debate about what really happened at the end of “The Dark Knight Rises”. No more spoilers, find your own hints. Have a nice Bat!

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Jonny Fendi



"No one cared who I was, until I put on the mask."

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