What I liked about the movie:
Christopher Nolan’s continued vision of what a super hero movie should be. It is his method of presentation which singlehandedly boosts my grade of the movie.
Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy. Let me say it again. Tom Hardy. Cold. Frigidly cold. Calculating. Intractable. Could have used a few more steriods (
), but he nailed Bane.
What may surprise others is that my greatest expectation for the movie wasn’t Bane. It was Catwoman. I had held reservations about Anne Hathaway playing the role. They were misfounded. Her seamless transformation from typical ANNE HATHAWAY to Selina Kyle in the “safe with Mother Wayne’s pearls” scene brought a huge smile to my face. Best Catwoman protrayal yet. Sorry Michelle Pfeiffer (sp?). She’s still not the sexiest Catwoman ever. That title is still held by Halle Berry.
The sheer magnitude of destruction which Bane laid waste to Gotham City went beyond what’s seen in the credits. It harkens back to Batman Begins
and Ra’s al Ghud’s siege of the city. Well, it thumps the previous assault on the city in spades.
Michael Caine and Gary Oldman. They lost facetime in this one, but Commission Gordon and Alfred still added much soul of the movie.
The Batplane. ‘nuff said.
The time Bruce Wayne spent recovering in Bane’s old prison. It’s one of the best highlights of the entire movie in my opinion. Loved the conversations which the Wayne’s doctor and adjacent cellmate engaged in.
The final scene. Superb. Some might feel it was understated and cliché-ish (sp?), but I joined the rest of the audience and applauded anyway.
What I did not like about the movie:
Dumb CIA agents. That’s all I’m going to say.
Matthew Modine??? Please.
The amount of contribution to the film by Morgan Freeman was lacking. I will defer to Nolan about it, but Lucius Fox was practically a third wheel in the movie to me. He could have had a few more one-liners at least. Freeman delivers them so well.
Marion Cotillard was excellent casting. She usually is in films. Spoiler alert in white: The movie did not establish the deep love between Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul in my opinion.
Hathaway wasn’t given the opportunity to let Catwoman or Selina Kyle shine more. Again, I’ll defer to Nolan.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake didn’t come across for me as a police officer. Maybe that was necessary for his character to evolve beyond the movie’s hypothetical storyline. Maybe not. I just wasn’t feeling it from him.
Bane’s main right-hand henchman. Wasn’t feeling it from him also. Well, that’s not entirely true. A few times I felt like he was going to walk up to Bane and kiss him. Passionately.
Very good ending to the Dark Knight trilogy. It does not top The Dark Knight
, but there is only a very small percentage of the thousands upon thousands of movies ever created by Hollywood which would as well. I think that Nolan tried intertwining more smaller role characters into this one than necessary. And Wayne’s grief between the previous movie and this one was a tad over the top for me. All-in-all, it is a re-enforced concrete bookend for all three movies.
Side note: I had tickets for a 5:25 pm matinee yesterday. A terrible storm blew threw (possible tornado) which caused by wife to arrive at the theater late and forced me to purchase tickets for the next showing at 6:10 pm. If she hadn’t been able to join me for 6:10 pm because of the storm, it would have been worth it to purchase even more tickets. Money WELL spent.