The Dark Knight Rises (aka…”where’s Batman?”)

I don’t understand why some people aren’t a fan of The Dark Knight Rises. In my eyes it is a great film in it’s own right. It really nicely links in with everything in the first film Batman Begins. In a way the trilogy is almost like a sonata of music. The first part sets everything up, it is the exposition. The second part is the development section where things are shook up and bit, and the third part is the (music language time) recapitulation, where it all goes back to what was outlined in the first part and adds it’s own twist. This almost exactly relates straight across to the Dark Knight trilogy. A work of art in a way, although i wouldn’t say that normally. Without that first film the ending just doesn’t work as well, it completely sets it all up and when you’ve seen all 3 films together i think you would agree with the order of greatness they are in.

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Bane is a great villain, but a lot of people had a problem with the fact that his voice could not be heard properly in the rough mix or whatever it was the sent out to trial audiences. So they reshuffled it to make it slightly more understandable and for me it works. But some people still can’t understand what he’s saying, maybe you just need to be listening properly, but i understood every word. Bane’s inflections at the end of sentences are odd and work well, you’re not expecting a bad guy to talk so calmly, but i think those inflections add something sinister to his voice. And after all, it is his voice that does most of the selling, as you can’t see his face that much.

The film is set eight years after The Dark Knight and shows Bruce Wayne in not so good shape as he was before. What with that walking stick thing and that goatee making him feel old. So it’s only right that we shouldn’t see Batman for a while, and when i was watching it at no point did I go “hang on, i’m here to watch a Batman film, where’s Batman?” Don’t worry he will come along, it’s all part of the story. That’s what this is more about, less action, more story. And it works brilliantly.

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I did have a problem with the Batcopter flying tank thing. It just seemed to me a cheap way to bring in the crowd and to allow Batman to get out of the trickiest of situations, and i think shows a little non-imagination from the writers. Also I thought there were a few unrealistic parts, like when ***SPOILER ALERT*** Bruce Wayne tries to jump out of the hole with the rope attached to him, he falls, how on earth does he not do his back in again, if not get mortally wounded, when the rope pulls taught to save him, he’s just, supposedly, recovered from a broken back for Christs sake! And how does he get back to Gotham from the hole? Does he use his Batcard (from the George Clooney Batman film) to pay for a flight, whats going on? ***END OF SPOILER ALERT***

This film links in so well with the first one that i think you can only really appreciate it when you watch all three back to back. And once you do i think you will agree that the order should go something like this:

  1. The Dark Knight Rises: because the story works brilliantly, and its place in the trilogy fits so well, i think i’ve made that clear already.
  2. Batman Begins: Simply becasue it is a great film once you understand whats going on, it took me a few watches to fully understand everything, but it does such a good job of setting up the trilogy that it has to go here.
  3. Finally The Dark Knight: now this is only in last because the others are better than it, it still is great don’t get me wrong. If only the Joker could have been involved in the final film maybe this film would have worked nicely in terms of the trilogy, instead it just seems to be an odd one out. It’s great on its own, but as a whole, not so good.

Let me know what you think, and i’ll leave you with a great voice dub by this guy on youtube if you haven’t yet seen it. COMBO-BREAKAR!!!

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