The end of a truly epic trilogy is upon us. Christopher Nolan, director of all three installments of Batman, pondered even making this final film. He promised only to direct a third movie if the story was not only necessary, but gripping to him as the director. He was so dedicated to this end, that the story outline was completed before he was even named director of his last blockbuster, Inception.
And so the story goes. The dedication towards making a truly dignified conclusion to the caped crusaders most profitable series has paid off. What has been created is not only the best collection of comic book movies ever produced, but also the most outstanding installment of the Nolan’s Batman.
Bruce Wayne, played by the dark and brooding Christian Bale, has reached the crossroads of his relatively short life. He has lost his only love at the hands of Heath Ledger’s Joker, and is a man with a broken spirit. His alter ego is no better off, having become the most hated man in Gotham City. Bane, on the other hand, is introduced in a fashion that reflects the chaos of his character. As Bruce Wayne and his alter ego collapse, his rise to power is equally as stunning.
Supporting both the protagonist and antagonist are a host of diverse characters that are as complex as they are intriguing. In The Dark Knight, we were presented with the Joker, who was not only insane, but also incapable of telling the same origin story twice. He would gladly die to “watch the world burn.” This movie gives us this complexity with no less than three supporting roles. While this writer has found Anne Hathaway (of The Princess Diaries and Havoc fame) to be drab and aloof in her past roles, she is the polar opposite in The Dark Knight Rises. She not only blows away Michelle Pfeiffer’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman portrayal, she is downright intoxicating.
As per usual, Gary Oldman provides us with a flawless portrayal of Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. He is a character that the good in us can relate to, which is pretty significant in a city that is surrounded by crime and despondent citizens. As well, we are graced with Inception-alumna Marion Cotillard, who brings talent to a role that would otherwise be considered, frankly, boring. Last, and certainly not least, is fellow Inception-alumnus Joseph Gordon-Levitt. To say anything specific about his role is to give away integral parts of the movie. Suffice to say, he is by far the best supporting character of any of the three Nolan Batman films, eclipsing that of the venerable Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth.
I would be remiss if I did not touch on what Nolan seems to have perfected – the villain. Bane is this installment’s chaos. He is played by Tom Hardy who is (yes, you guessed it) a supporting actor in Inception. The brilliance of the direction of these films is how lost you get in the villain’s soul. You lose track of the fact that an A-list actor is on screen. You are completely immersed in their portrayal as an ordered society’s tainted medicine.
If you thought The Dark Knight introduced us to a dystopia, just wait until you watch this movie. We learn that it is not only Bruce Wayne and Batman that are rotting from the inside out, but an entire society. You will see urbanites at their most wretched, and in their prime. The chaos wrought unto Gotham City by the Joker was merely the beginning. And Nolan manages to convey this wild ride into 165 minutes of his best work.
The Dark Knight Rises will hit theaters July 20th and a special screening was held a few days ago where 40 to 50 ‘critics’ and ‘fans’ as they are being billed got to see The Dark Knight Rises early. From that early Dark Knight screening two words seem to come up most, Oscar worthy and standing ovation. The Dark Knight Rises is an epic film a powerfull experience and easily the best film in the film franchise according to tweets, reviews and facebook comments that are exploding across the internet.
As I am writing this I am actually listening to Hans Zimmer’s A Storm is Coming from the soundtrack of The Dark Knight Rises and needless to say it has me wired to see the movie myself when it is released
It was no easy feat to go and track down all the early reviews for The Dark Knight Rises and also avoid spoilers. The last thing that you or I want to have happen is to have the film spoiled but I can assure you that it took a lot of work but I managed to collect quite a few reactions and not have the film spoiled at all. This means that you can rest assured I won’t spoil it for you.
Fans who saw the film in the early Dark Knight Rises Screening are tweeting reviews, posting comments on facebook and submitting anonymous feedback to blogs around the globe. In doing so they are being very candid in their passion for the Dark Knight Rises and here are a few quick bullet points on the reactions I have read so far this morning:
- If you think you know where the Dark Knight Rises is going you will be shocked.
- The Dark Knight Rises is a very emotional experience for fans and could actually bring you to tears as it did for some at the screening.
- If you thought that the Joker brought down destruction on Gotham City wait till you see what BANE brings to the streets of Gotham. He literally tears the city to pieces. Where the Joker did things without reason and with no real purpose other than chaos Bane’s passion for destruction brings a freight train of pain.
- The Dark Knight Rises focuses heavily on the fact that not only is Gotham city rotting from the inside out but so is Batman. Batman must RISE but so must Gotham in this the last installment of The Dark Knight Rises.
- Christian Bale’s voice as Batman which annoyed some fan boys has improved.
- Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman is much closer to the comics then any past takes on the character.
The executive VP of Warner Brothers Jeff Goldstein also weighed in telling The Wrap:
“This is what a summer popcorn movie is all about. I don’t want to oversell it, but this has elements that are ground-breaking and are really a thrill ride.”
Frankly do you expect one of the honchos at Warner Brothers to say the film is crap? Of course not but it is a safe bet that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is going to be a smash hit with the fans and a complete monster at the Box Office.
If I were Spiderman I would be prepared to get smashed by the bat and the fan poster below pretty much says it all. IF you have seen The Dark Knight Rises already leave us a comment and tell us what you thought but please be considerate and DO NOT post Dark Knight Rises Spoilers!