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The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Old 07-30-12, 10:17 PM
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The more I think about it, I think I can pin down exactly what his voice sounded like to me. It was like Sean Connery doing his best impersonation of Goldfinger.
Ha. My brother-in-law said Connery's Bond, and I said Goldfinger when we discussed the voice.
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it just occurred to me that I cannot recall how

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Bane dies


LOL...
It should have been Batman. It was ridiculously anti-climatic.

I know everyone is wondering how they'll do another Batman series, well I've been playing through Arkham City (like many of you probably) and I admit I'm ready for a new series.

I want something fantastical that gives us Killer Croc, Mad Hatter, Riddler, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy. I want them to give it the Harry Potter treatment... meaning at least 7 movies with a new villain each movie that comes out every 2-3 years.

Make it happen WB.
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Someone on another site I go to wanted something similar, the fantasy elements with Guillermo Del Toro at the helm.
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I just saw this movie last night and I'm pretty shocked to find 54 pages of bitching here.

Sure, I noticed some of the flaws mentioned on this thread. But they hardly detracted from the experience. I got to see it in a packed IMAX theater and it was just awesome. The tension just kept ramping up higher and higher, building to an incredible climax. And the final shot, very well deserved.

Again, I'm shocked that everyone here is debating minutiae instead of enjoying the best movie of the year so far. In my opinion, this is the best of the three and a Day One purchase (including all exclusives!).

By the way, anything after the credits?
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Yeah, the WB logo is after the credits.
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Old 07-31-12, 12:34 AM
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Also, I see alot of comments trashing Nolan and looking forward to the next director in line to take over the Batman franchise. Well, good luck with that. I honestly can't imagine anyone else doing a better job.
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I just saw this movie last night and I'm pretty shocked to find 54 pages of bitching here.

Sure, I noticed some of the flaws mentioned on this thread. But they hardly detracted from the experience. I got to see it in a packed IMAX theater and it was just awesome. The tension just kept ramping up higher and higher, building to an incredible climax. And the final shot, very well deserved.

Again, I'm shocked that everyone here is debating minutiae instead of enjoying the best movie of the year so far. In my opinion, this is the best of the three and a Day One purchase (including all exclusives!).

By the way, anything after the credits?
Quite honestly, I thought it was the worst major movie I have seen in a while. Easily. The plot, and there is tons and tons and tons of it, is simply put ridiculous and stupid.

The script and direction create no empathy at all for any character in the movie except for Alfred but even that tips the other way into melodrama.

The "twist" was utterly ridiculous.

I just found the whole thing excruciatingly dull and unimaginative. But it clearly thinks it is super intelligent and deep.

Really looking forward to a reboot with a different vision. Nolan's never worked for me, and I thought this movie was pathetically bad. The first two were OK, and Ledger was brilliant in the second one.

I am consistently shocked people like it. It's long, pretentious, dull, uninteresting and emotionally crippled. All the characters are treated like pawns in a movie version of chess. All the dialogue is exposition. There is no tension and no drama. There is no arc here, no story.

It is a 3 hour movie that amazingly also seems rushed and hastily chopped down from a 4.5 hour cut at the same time, especially in the ludicrous and trite final act.

At the end I just wanted my money back, and I never think that. For me this was a one star affair, that is being insanely overrated on this board.
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Also, I see alot of comments trashing Nolan and looking forward to the next director in line to take over the Batman franchise. Well, good luck with that. I honestly can't imagine anyone else doing a better job.
I think most directors would do a better job.
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Originally Posted by RD1973 View Post

Again, I'm shocked that everyone here is debating minutiae instead of enjoying the best movie of the year so far. In my opinion, this is the best of the three and a Day One purchase (including all exclusives!).

By the way, anything after the credits?
I also think it's the best movie of the year. I highly enjoyed it in the theater, and will be buying it when it comes out on DVD as well.

But I don't think the majority of criticisms against it here are minutiae. The story is pretty weak, and even with the 3 hour running time it wasn't enough to allow the fleshing out of all the characters and sub-plots. A lot of it for me felt rushed.
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Old 07-31-12, 01:13 AM
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Again, I'm shocked that everyone here is debating minutiae instead of enjoying the best movie of the year so far.
Two things: 1) it's the end installment of a massively popular trilogy, so I think it's expected to be dissected piece by piece, and 2) many would expect "the best movie of the year" to hold up under even basic scrutiny--especially one where the makers clearly go to pains to make as realistic as you can with a six foot rubber bat--and for some people, the movie does not.

There's really not much I can add, except that I had the same problems with it that I had with The Dark Knight: WAY too long, way too much plot, a scope and ambition that, while an admirable try, Nolan's talents simply can't handle, scenes between characters that seem like exposition dumps handled in the most perfunctory way until we can get to the next action sequence, gaping logic holes and emotional moments that quite frankly don't feel earned in the slightest, because Nolan is too busy looking at the grand scale to focus on the more intimate, character-based moments.

There's a lot to admire in the movie (cinematography, set design, music and special effects are all aces), there's some great moments and touches scattered about and I really like Hardy and Nolan's choice of Bane's voice; his upper crust, aristocratic accent gave everything he said and did a very unnerving edge, which is far more effective than if they went with the standard menacing growl. And the chase scene where Batman comes roaring out of nowhere with the Batpod and the familiar theme kicks in? Absolute "Hell yes!" moment. Loved the ending, too; but for me, Nolan's Batman starts and stops with Begins, which is still my favorite of the series and still one of my favorite films.
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Old 07-31-12, 01:52 AM
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Well, I'm still in shock. The movie I saw was honestly just awesome.

I guess I'm not into dissecting my favorite movies. Few movies can hold up when put under a microscope anyway. I wanted thrills and it delivered. As for the flaws, there was nothing to get bent out of shape about, in my opinion.

And as for Nolan, I haven't seen a single movie from him that I didn't like. However, it seems that some have turned on him already. I never thought it would happen. But then again, I didn't think it would happen to Raimi or Cameron either.
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Re: The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by RD1973 View Post
I just saw this movie last night and I'm pretty shocked to find 54 pages of bitching here.

Sure, I noticed some of the flaws mentioned on this thread. But they hardly detracted from the experience. I got to see it in a packed IMAX theater and it was just awesome. The tension just kept ramping up higher and higher, building to an incredible climax. And the final shot, very well deserved.

Again, I'm shocked that everyone here is debating minutiae instead of enjoying the best movie of the year so far.
The Internet can ruin anything.

I can't call it the best of the year, because I haven't really seen anything else this year other than Avengers, but I came out of the theater thoroughly entertained despite a quibble or two.
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I just saw this movie last night and I'm pretty shocked to find 54 pages of bitching here.
I should reiterate that, while I had problems with the plot holes and logic leaps, I enjoyed myself. I don't love it, nor do I hate it, and falling between the two doesn't mean I'm indifferent. Film appreciation needn't be binary.
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Was it only me, or did anyone else get a distinct Sean Connery vibe from Bane's voice?
A friend of mine mentioned Connery. He sounded like Johann Kraus to me.

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I think most directors would do a better job.
Completely disagree

I'm not a huge Nolan fan, but he's been pretty much perfect for this franchise.

I would be down for a Del Toro take on the more "fantastical" villains as well, though I've never been particularly fond of his storytelling (visually though, he'd knock it out of the park).

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This thread is a mess.

All of the answers...which is to say mostly non-answers:

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Dark-...ons-32070.html



And my personal favorite:
The person who wrote that article needs to see the movie again. Bruce and Miranda were not close. In fact, a point was made that they never saw each other before when Fox was telling Bruce how attractive she was.
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Gail Simone, writer of some really good comics (including Batgirl) says that bane sounds like this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqyD8E1QATs
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And as for Nolan, I haven't seen a single movie from him that I didn't like. However, it seems that some have turned on him already. I never thought it would happen.
Were you not around for the Inception threads?
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Well, I'm still in shock. The movie I saw was honestly just awesome.

I guess I'm not into dissecting my favorite movies. Few movies can hold up when put under a microscope anyway. I wanted thrills and it delivered. As for the flaws, there was nothing to get bent out of shape about, in my opinion.

And as for Nolan, I haven't seen a single movie from him that I didn't like. However, it seems that some have turned on him already. I never thought it would happen. But then again, I didn't think it would happen to Raimi or Cameron either.
Exactly. It's fucking fanboy-ism at its worst.
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I think most directors would do a better job.
Enjoy your Michael Bay Batman movie, then.

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2) many would expect "the best movie of the year" to hold up under even basic scrutiny--
No, they wouldn't. Because no movie ever made in the history of cinema holds up under "scrutiny". A movie is by definition a fantasy. All of the best movies ever made have at least one (and this is basically a lie, since they'll have way more) ridiculous conceit that doesn't hold up in reality, even when playing by its own universe's basic rules.

Anyone who knows anything about cinema already knows this, but in this day and age, picking apart the most ridiculous trivialities seems to be the norm for movie "criticism". Fuck the performances or the story, how the fuck did Talia stab a knife through the Batsuit, when it should hold up to knives I thought?! (Actually, no, in the last movie there's an entire scene where Lucius says that the new suit will be more susceptible to knives and gunfire, sleepyguyjunior098.) Duh, guess I was wrong, guysz...?! Still sucks, though, amirite, lol?

Not to mention the fact that most of the complaints have been proven in this very thread to be misunderstandings made by people apparently too stupid to even pay attention to the movie.

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Gail Simone, writer of some really good comics (including Batgirl) says that bane sounds like this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqyD8E1QATs
That's great and does sound like Bane.
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Enjoy your Michael Bay Batman movie, then.



No, they wouldn't. Because no movie ever made in the history of cinema holds up under "scrutiny". A movie is by definition a fantasy. All of the best movies ever made have at least one (and this is basically a lie, since they'll have way more) ridiculous conceit that doesn't hold up in reality, even when playing by its own universe's basic rules.

Anyone who knows anything about cinema already knows this, but in this day and age, picking apart the most ridiculous trivialities seems to be the norm for movie "criticism".

Not to mention the fact that most of the complaints have been proven in this very thread to be misunderstandings made by people apparently too stupid to even pay attention to the movie.


Exactly.
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Exactly.
Thank you for providing such a perfect example of fanboyism at its absolute worst.
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Not to mention the fact that most of the complaints have been proven in this very thread to be misunderstandings made by people apparently too stupid to even pay attention to the movie.
Ugh. Why don't you defend the movies you like without attacking its critics?
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Thank you for providing such a perfect example of fanboyism at its absolute worst.
That would be redundant. Go read the comments from like 20 pages back to see.

You don't need me to point anything out for you.
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