Friday, September 7, 2012

Dark Knight Rises

By now, you know who Bruce Wayne is, Batman, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, etc. If you don’t, you may want to do a little background before you venture in to the movie theater. While you’re at it… watch The Dark Knight, you may need to refresh yourself. Yeah, watch Batman Begins too… more reference material.  Seriously… don’t watch “Rises” unless you’ve seen the first two or the movie will make little sense.

I was surprised at how complex the plot was in this film, and at times the movie drags a bit because keep in mind, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) hasn’t been Batman for 8 years since the Harvey Dent thing in the second movie. So we spend the first quarter of the movie introducing Bane (Tom Hardy) as a one of the worse people in the world, though it’s not clear why and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) otherwise known as Selina Kyle, a girl with a large criminal record who robs people. We also meet John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is a streetwise cop who has figured out Wayne is, or rather was, Batman.    

Bane comes to Gotham (tie in from first movie), Batman is needed once more, but has cooler new toys now.  Everyone is mixed on whether this is good or bad because of the Harvey Dent thing (2nd movie) and we have the flirting with Catwoman and Batman like we are all expecting.

Stop reading now if you think I’ve said too much. I had a feeling that deep within this movie was some sort of society statement. The rich should give back to the poor or they will rise up against you, the poor hate the rich for having so much and not sharing, the police will always protect you (even if trapped underground for 5 months) and even though you may not like society…. It could be a lot worse.

All that being said, I thought it was a good movie. Bane is a little hard to understand at times, talking through the mask and all. Catwoman looked good and kicked butt. Overall was the movie a little unbelievable and hard to believe… you bet, but after all… it is a comic book. Fans cheered at certain points in the movie which I enjoyed thoroughly. Was it better than Avengers? No. Was it better than Spiderman? A little. Is it worth seeing? Definitely… but like I said… you need to see the first two.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Dave Murawski 

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