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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Movie Review (2012)

I must admit it took me some time to find the words to adequately review this. Let's start with the cons. It was not necessary to watch this in IMAX at all. There are no 3D special affects (surprisingly). There are a few scenes that are a bit predictable in their foreshadowing. Christian Bale's voice when he's Batman is STILL very unnecessary and is hard to understand without some captions. And that's about it, now to the PROS!

This movie had one of the most difficult tasks to over come which was to surpass it's predecessors. After the AMAZING and unforgettable performance from Heath Ledger as the Joker, the expectations were high. Well this movie delivered and then some! The Joker was indeed a deadly foe for Batman, but Bane made the Joker look a like Playschool basketball hoop for Michael Jordan! Now typically you may hear some complaint about how certain things didn't follow the comic story-line or what not, but this time the directors made the changes with a purpose beyond just for the sake of being creative. They made the small changes to keep you in suspense, throw unsuspecting plot twists, and to keep the movie going. As a comic book fan, I'll accept that for the greater good of the movie.

Ann Hathaway as catwoman was good, but not great. I still think that Michelle Pfeiffer has kept the title has the best Catwoman. Tom Hardy (Bane) did an excellent job at being a formidable enemy for Batman. This 3hr movie keeps you at the edge of your seat until the very end. The Dark Knight Rises has done what even the Matrix trilogy couldn't do. It ended better than it's previous installments AND the ending gave rise to a standing ovation in a packed theater. (Matrix 3 only left people saying "WTH was that?") The highest praise that I can give is the fact that this movie has done what many others haven lacked in the past. The story line was creative, it was original, suspenseful, action-packed, there were plot twists, and the character development was executed flawlessly. Batman or not, comic book fan or not, there's no way a SANE person would not enjoy this movie. Your Grandma will love this movie! With that said, and I could go on further...this is not a "Go See", or a "Must watch", it's a "Upgrade your life Right NOW"....10/10