Re: Hope is lost, faith is broken...The Dark Knight Rises - July 20th, 2012 (SPOILERS
I saw the midnight premier and thought it was a pretty great film. There were some questionable moments (cops running directly at tanks, for instance) and the first hour or so was a bit jumbled but Almost would've considered Bane the best villain of these films: I thought they did a really fantastic job with him, but they blew it right at the end. I completely forgot about Talia so that reveal took me by surprise, but they could've done a much better job with it. The way it played out felt very M. Night Shyamalanian. Not only that but within one minute Bane went from incredible badass to someone who did not climb out of the prison, did not get kicked out of the League of Shadows for being too extreme, and wasn't even really in charge. And then within another minute he was killed off in a relatively lame way.
There were plenty of things I did love though, and everything after Bane took over was fucking incredible. There was just plenty of little things that really added to film, like Scarecrow as the judge (that "death by exile" line was hilarious). And I'm really glad they didn't kill Batman off in the end. I was expecting it and it would've just been such a damn generic end to the series that I'm relieved they didn't go with that.
I need to see the film again before deciding where it'd sit among the other two: there were times when I was considering in the best and others when I would've put it towards the bottom, but overall they did a great job with both this film and the series as a whole.