Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: The Dark Knight Rises

The third (and final) installment in this Batman trilogy came out a couple weeks ago. I went to see it the Wednesday after opening weekend thinking a Wednesday would be a safe day to avoid crowds but when we arrived the shows were sold out and had to stand in line for over an hour for a later show. My friends, despite what you may have heard elsewhere… it is worth the bother.

Title: The Dark Knight Rises
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Cane

The movie takes place 8 years after the last movie. Gotham is in peace and Harvey Dent is upheld as a hero as Batman took the fall for Dent’s (Twoface’s) crimes. Bruce Wayne has become a shut in and his company is going down the drain.

Bane is the main villain and finds out the truth about Dent’s past and uses the information to turn the city and it’s criminals against the police in a very elaborate and interesting way that has the police trapped underground and Batman crippled at the bottom of a prison pit. While Bane and the villains have control over the city it’s basically the video game Arkham City (a very fun casual game! I love the open world format… I play it on my PC with an x-box controller). So… Batman needs to pull himself together and save the day… but will he?! Dun dun dun…

Pros:

It’s more than just a superhero movie. One of my favourite things about the Avengers is the character development and this movie is definitely not shy of that. You really see Batman go through some stuff here. And not just Batman… Alfred, too. I like when superhero movies really focus in on the hero and Batman’s got a lot going on, so it was neat to explore some of it.

The usual things were great! The effects, the acting, the script, the costumes… everything. It was cohesive and a joy to watch. I love anything with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I especially loved the look of the city when the villains had it taken over… it was very post-apocalyptic, very cool. Bane was less than exciting, but I mean he’s following Heath Ledger’s Joker… tough act to follow.

Like the video game, Batman needs to have a plan in this movie. So many other superhero movies… the bad guy does something bad and the hero has to go and save the kids falling out of a bus and defuse the bomb. Well, this one had a bomb, but it was more than that. Batman needed to find himself, find a plan and rely on others. It made for a good final half an hour.

Cons:

I don’t really get Catwoman’s game entirely. She could have had more story, more background and more ass kicking. She relied a lot of Batman’s big motorcycle near the end and it would have been cool to see her with a whip or big long finger nails. More woman power.

There was a LOT going on. The city take over… Wayne Enterprise stuff… catwoman… police underground… Batman in a hole… This could be good or bad, depending on who you are. I prefer things to be a bit cleaner, more streamlined… so I found it a bit distracting but others may love all the action and distraction.

Spoiler:I didn’t like the quick flip of the Miranda. There was no inclination that it would be her behind everything – I like when there is a hint to it, or her personality is at least a little off… But she was a wonderful person! It seemed like a cheap trip to make the audience go “OH SNAP!”

Overall, great show. I’ve heard a lot of people saying it “wasn’t awesome” or “not all that great” but I didn’t get that impression at all. Go give it a watch! If I’d have seen the new Spiderman I’d have compared the two. My brother seemed to like Spiderman more (but he was always a spiderman fan growing up, so there could be some bias there). I’ll give it a 4.5 out of 5 Joseph Gordon-Levitt smiles.

Also – I saw Moonrise Kingdom last week and it was beyond phenomenal. It’s not a sci-fi or really in the theme of this series that we do on here, but I just have to mention it. Wes Anderson is my favourite director of all time. This movie quickly replaced my #2 favourite Wes movie (and I’ve been considering it for the #1 place, overtaking the Darjeeling Limited). If you like quirky, awkward and funny movies then go and see Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a great display of Anderson’s work (every frame in all of his movies could be a work of art) and was just too cute for words. I loved loved loved it…. 6 out of 5, at least. 🙂

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Katie is a graduate student from Canada studying the environment and systems theory. She also loves dinosaurs and baking cupcakes. Follow her on twitter @katiekish

8 Comments

  1. July 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm —

    They never did explain how getting beat up and thrown in prison cured his crippled leg.

    I liked Batman Begins better than either of the sequels.

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am —

      At the beginning of the movie Bruce Wayne makes a robotic support for his leg that allows him to walk again, it had nothing to do with the prison.

  2. August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am —

    Personally the twist was one of the best parts for me, there were clues that my girlfriend picked up on but (because it would contain spoilers) I won’t stick ’em in the comments section.

    • August 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm —

      Were there hints?! I couldn’t think of any! I can’t wait to watch it again to see if I can catch anything…

  3. August 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm —

    Issues of sexism aside, I thought it was cool to have a character who was always one step ahead of Batman (and everyone else) who wasn’t a homicidal maniac. A perfectly sane person who was smarter than Bruce but did not share his agenda made for a great foil. The line “So, that’s what that feels like” was priceless. I wasn’t able to tell for certain if the woman with Bruce at the very end was supposed to be Catwoman (sorry, I can’t recall her civilian name) or not–but if it was, that ruined the whole character arc for me.

  4. August 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm —

    Oh, and ditto on Moonrise Kingdom being awesome. So is Safety Not Guaranteed.

  5. August 2, 2012 at 4:00 am —

    Was I the only one who found Bane completely incomprehensible?

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