Jul 22, 2012

Dark Knight Rises

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Of all the superhero movies of late, I say the Dark Knight Trilogy stands far above the rest.  Yes, even the recently big hit "The Avengers".  I think the Batman concept will always be unique compared to other superheroes with their super powers and their superhuman ability.  Batman has only his skills, his gadgets and his wealth.  But come to think of it, it is near impossible to maintain such balance or even to achieve this kind mastery in these areas.  Martial arts mastery alone will require a significant amount of years to master.  Let alone building and developing his own technology while maintaining Wayne Enterprise.  Not to mention also his playboy billionaire status.  Such feat is impossible to attain and that's the illusion of the Batman concept. And oh, don't forget the utility belt.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises nails coffin of one of the most epic superhero trilogy.  Though I still doubt it rises above its predecessors, Nolan did give us one solid conclusion of the Dark Knight series.  I really like the plot surrounding Wayne and his unstable emotions.  Bane is probably the best villain ever and Selina Kyle not going through the "Cat Woman" (with gangster cats following her) monicker was right on the money.  There is also a very good twist right at the end when you almost made your conclusion as how the movie would have ended.

There are of course however certain lines that would have been better.  Like, when Batman re-confronts Bane.

Bane:  "So you came back to die with your city."
Batman:  "No, I came to stop you."

I was like, what?  He could have just said, "No, I forgot to brush my teeth!"  The ending too was somewhat conventional.  There were also cheesy plot lines here and there.  I was indeed expecting something dark in the end but anyway, all in all the movie was spectacular!

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Credits:  Image by WarnerBros, Videos by WarnerBros Pictures

My condolences to the Aurora, Colorado shooting victims and their families.  Speedy recovery for those who are injured.

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