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  • 5 Batarangs - A solid conclusion to the Dark Knight Triilogy

    19 79.17%
  • 4 Batarangs - Didn't live up to "The Dark Knight"

    3 12.50%
  • 3 Batarangs - You're not Batman any more.

    2 8.33%
  • 2 Batarangs - Where was Robin when we needed him?

    0 0%
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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012-

    Quote Originally Posted by TodAZ1 View Post
    I tend to agree with you. It almost seems like, since TDKR isn't his cup of tea, genre-wise, he's going to tear it down.

    WGN TV here in Chicago called it the best movie of the year this morning. And I've heard it's making the Avengers look like a Saturday morning cartoon, story wise.
    The story for Avengers was pretty simple...it was more of a fun adventure with some good acting and cool fight scenes....so a comicbook movie

    While these new Batman have been just great Crime drama movies, and while I love the other two and this one I'm sure will be good....from what I've heard if you think of Dark Knight as one of the best movies you've seen, then don't expect this one to rise above that

    We'll see...but Bane and Catwoman to me are side characters....they work well with others...but the other films had Joker and the Ra's Al Ghul (and a supposting villain like two face and Scarecrow)

    So I'm not hoping for as much as if this was the original third film that was about Batman going after the Riddler and having the Joker help Batman catch him

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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    We are most likely going to see it tomorrow. I wanted to do the midnight show but I was kind of overridden on that. I have an 8am call in the morning anyway so it's probably a good thing we are not.

    Also, added a poll to add your thoughts.


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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    Loved it! Not quite as sophisticated as The Dark Knight tho' imo. But clearly a continuation of the films that brings the trilogy to a satisfying end. That's all I'll say about it for now. I have tickets to see it again Sunday, this time in IMAX, and I'm sure things about the film will settle down nicely in my brain after my second viewing to form a better opinion to share.

    Oh, and I didn't vote on the poll because while I'd give it a 5 purely on numbers, I wouldn't call this "One of the best Comic Book Adaptations Ever" because imo this isn't strictly an adaptation but a great synthesis of comic book material (Levitt's John Blake character never existed in the comic books as an example). I'm forty-something and still pick up my comic book every Wednesday, so that's my say. Instead, I call it "A solid conclusion to the Dark Knight Triilogy" but I can't give a 4 vote.

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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    I posted a review of this film at the request of a friend, on IMDB:

    **** Mild Spoilers!*******

    When the title "The Dark Knight Rises" eclipsed the final moments of a thrilling journey, an uneasy silence of three seconds followed Hans Zimmer's bold composition for the caped crusader. Once the exit lights flashed open, the moviegoers of UA iSquare IMAX (Hong Kong) jumped up off their seats in unison and sparked a deafening medley of applause and cheers. It was the impossible. The often shy and quiet movie-going folk in Hong Kong flooded the massive hall with thunderous applause.

    Nolan had done it again.

    Now Im not going to claim this movie was perfect as it certainly had its share of notable flaws but the plot, acting and the sheer scope of Nolan's vision for the final crusade of the Dark Knight weave together to create a mind-blowing thrill ride that is both clever and loud.

    I'll start with the flaws. Though some may argue that the prison scenes were necessary from a philosophical viewpoint, I felt they dragged a bit. The entire portion of the film that deals with Bruce in prison is a homage to the scene in Begins when young Bruce falls into the bat-cave. When you expect him to finally bolt out of there and get back to saving Gotham, a complication arises so the escape is delayed.

    The transition isn't dealt very well either. After leaving the prison, Bruce just 'appears' in Gotham (despite the bridges being destroyed and the city locked down by Bane's goons) unharmed and ready for action. Some back story might have saved the opening minutes of the third act of the film from being a bit rushed.

    Another (small) gripe of mine is with the way romance is handled. No sign of intimacy is even implied between Miranda Tate and Bruce before they get cozy and jump straight into bed. And then there's the rather forced bond forged between Selina and Bruce later in the film.

    Now enough with the flaws, let's get to the fun stuff.

    I think just about everyone is expects the Joker to remain the crown jewel of villains in Nolan's Batman trilogy - and he does. But is Bane a disappointment? Heck no, he's just a "different class of criminal" compared to the Joker. He isn't into theatrics and pure raw menace - he wants to fit right into the big picture. He's a schemer. Nevertheless, Tom Hardy delivers a chilling performance as the mercilessly ferocious Bane. If you think the Joker rattled Gotham up pretty good, wait till you see what Bane has in store for the city. In jaw-dropping moments of chaos, Bane truly rips Gotham apart with brute force. But he's not all flash - there is a lot of substance within his character. First of all, he's intelligent - extremely intelligent - and his flashbacks shed some light onto his hidden frailty. And he's a great fighter as well.

    While The Dark Knight was epic, the hand-to-hand combat was awful. You'll be glad to know however that Nolan has corrected his direction of the fight scenes - and they are beautiful. The much awaited showdown between Batman and Bane is a sight to behold - the music is off so as to add a bit more tension. The famous 'back-breaking' scene is far more torturous to watch than watching Superman getting thrashed in the mediocre Superman Returns. When Batman fights in Nolan's movies, he's usually subtle and quiet - but here he roars and screams in both agony and anger.

    Performances are top-notch as expected from greats like Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman (who thankfully has a much bigger role here). Newcomers Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are brilliant. Anne's Selina Kyle was a genuine surprise since I have had particularly low expectations of her as a capable actress. She adds the perfect blend of mystery, beauty and danger to the role once defined by Michelle Pfiefer (they're both equally great in their portrayals). And of course there's Christian Bale who, along with Michael Caine, delivers some of the most heart-wrenching and beautiful moments from the movie. I still can't believe I failed to hold back my tears (I never cry in the cinema) after seeing Alfred cry.

    As expected, Nolan, his brother (who created the amazing show "Person of Interest") and Goyer deliver a solid screenplay with no corny dialogue at all. The trio really represent fine writing in Hollywood. The ending (last 20 minutes) is where the meat lies. It's clever, bold and extremely satisfying (comic book geeks will scream in joy at one particular moment).

    I would rate this movie a 9.5 if I could because of its flaws. Better than The Dark Knight and Batman Begins - Nolan ends the saga with style.

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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    Before I give my views on the film, I would like to dedicate this post to the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting. May they rest in peace.

    The Review:
    The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most satisfying conclusions I have ever seen for a film trilogy. There are few bad things I saw in this movie, so I shall name them first.

    Flaws:
    *Some of Banes lines were a bit difficult to understand, at times I understood him clearly, but at others he sounded like a bad radio frequency.
    *Some of the prison scenes were dragged out too much, and when Bruce Wayne does escape, we don't know how he got back to Gotham. Did he catch a boat? Did he hitchhike?
    Those are the only bad things so lets get on to the good stuff

    Perks:
    *All the preformances were amazing in the film. Even Tom Hardy who, as I mentioned previously, at times was a tad difficult to understand. Anne Hathaway was phenominal as Selina Kyle(Catwoman). And even though Bale isn't the best Batman, he did a great job.
    *The action scenes out-do the Dark Knights by a landslide. The final battle is an epic conflict up there with the finales of LotR: Return of the King, and Return of the Jedi.
    *Everything else, cinematography, music, VFX, were amazing.

    Now the ending is something that people will debate over for months to come. It's one of those endings that feel bitter sweet, but you're not sure how it actually went down.

    Over all, TDKR is an amazing conclusion to one of the best superhero franchises of all-time. Even if you are not a fan of Batman, you might enjoy ths film for the action and characters.


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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    I just gave it a 3......for me through I don't ever need to see this movie again....really the other two I just liked more

    They were more "fun" more Batman this was a different type of movie then the other two....and for any real Comic fans....the movie held no mysteries of what characters were in the film even if at the beginning they were called someone else

    Most of my friends liked it but for me....I just didn't care for it....

    Some things I did like though....the first Bane and Batman fight great...Catwoman....the cast and acting...and the scarecrow cameo was very clever

    Also keep in mind this was not the original end to the saga...Nolan and his brother already wrote the other film...but after heath ledger death...had to rewrite the film which was suppose to have the Joker, and the Riddler and let's be honest Bane could never compare to the Joker

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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    Posted my review in the "What Movie are You Watching?" thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by calsig31 View Post
    It is the last night of my Catalina vacation and I just saw Batman at the Casino. Not only did I see it in an amazing theater, but I loved this movie. The storyline was excellent. It combined Knightfall and No Man's Land into a couple of hours of great movie fun.

    The only complaint that I have is that it didn't stay true to the source material as far as Bane's origin.

    While, as others have said on here, it does wrap things up nicely, it also leaves things opened a bit should someone take up the series after Nolan.
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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    I absolutely loved it and am already itching to go out and see it again. Was it better than "The Dark Knight", I'm not sure, but I kind of think so. Sure there were a couple of issues with it, but I had a couple of issues with DKR as well.

    The much talked about "Prison scenes", I actually enjoyed. I instantly got the connection to those scenes and Bruce's falling in the well as a child. INSTANTLY. That was woven so perfectly it's ridiculous. Go back and watch Batman Begins as I did last night and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.

    The ending, did seem a bit "clean", it was no surprise but I have to admit the "twist" did get me (generally hard to do). I had the "citizen" pegged between Miranda and Blake, but had no idea about the "other" twist.


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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    ^ sir clinksalot, I found it very interesting to read about your experience watching the movie, particularly about the twists. Unlike me, it sounds like you're not a regular comic book reader. The twists you cite pretty much screamed out at us devoted Batman fans when the casting was announced. So as a supportive fan of Nolan's films, it's nice to read how non-comic book fans were able to enjoy the surprises as authentic surprises.

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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    ^ I read the comics when I was a kid, but not since. I'm kind of sad I haven't kept up with them (or kept the ones I had when I was a kid).


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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    Also keep in mind this was not the original end to the saga...Nolan and his brother already wrote the other film...but after heath ledger death...had to rewrite the film which was suppose to have the Joker, and the Riddler and let's be honest Bane could never compare to the Joker
    The studio wanted the Riddler. Nolan fought them on that the whole time and he got his way. Because he's Christopher Nolan.

    Best film of the year, by far! And it DID make the Avengers look like a Saturday morning cartoon.
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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    Quote Originally Posted by TodAZ1 View Post
    And it DID make the Avengers look like a Saturday morning cartoon.
    LOL! Love that.

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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    Quote Originally Posted by TodAZ1 View Post
    The studio wanted the Riddler. Nolan fought them on that the whole time and he got his way. Because he's Christopher Nolan.

    Best film of the year, by far! And it DID make the Avengers look like a Saturday morning cartoon.
    That's what the story is now...but he had the Original story as the Riddler and Joker (and rumored harley quinn)

    It was suppose to be a similar set up like Silence of the Lambs, where Batman was getting help from the Joker to catch the Riddler

    While many pull the card....well Joker and Riddler are the same...they are not in sooo many ways, Nolan then had to change the whole thing when Heath died.

    This was Nolan's Batman in this movie not the comic's which might have been why I disliked it more then the others

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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    This is by far Christian Bale's most dramatically intense and meaningful (with heart) film. i wasn't very impressed with him in his first flick. As far as I'm concerned now, he is today's Christopher Reeve.
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    Re: The Dark Knight Rises -July 20, 2012 (MiceChat Reviews)

    Quote Originally Posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
    This was Nolan's Batman in this movie not the comic's which might have been why I disliked it more then the others
    Yes, the world in this trilogy is rather unique and clearly the product of Nolan & Co. But unlike you, I loved it. They took the comic book world of The Batman and created something so much greater and grander than that original source material than I ever imagined it could be, in much the same way Frank Miller did when his The Dark Knight Returns slapped us all in the face. I remember first reading those books when they came out and stunned at this ruthless depiction of an older Batman yet really digging the epic tale! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy TDKR, but I found the spirit of the original characters living in these films and those characters - the heroes - placed in external and internal conflicts that I was really engaged by. I've yet to find a friend who's seen it and tell they didn't enjoy it, save for one. She's never seen any of these Nolan films because she adores the '89 Batman movie and cannot see any reason to make the tone more realistic. I think it's a shame and she and her husband are missing an opportunity to see this, but I can't change that either!

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