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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises


Spoilers, read at your own risk

2005 was the year Batman was reborn from the ashes that Joel Schumacher left. It was then that the interest for the Caped Crusader was reignited. It also gained new followers for the hero himself. When Batman Begins was released, it was then that the hope for the trashed franchised is revived and that there is a brighter future for Batman. When The Dark Knight was released in 2008, we see how it evolved not only to cater the eye-candy loving viewers but to entice us with an engaging plot and 3-Dimensional characters which was not even made, not until the The Dark Knight. After 4 years, Christopher Nolan comes back for the end of his Batman Trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises.

Catching up with what was left in The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent is still the hero acknowledge by Gotham while the Batman takes the blame and becomes the villain which caused him to stay in the shadows, hidden from the city he protects. Set 8 years after the Joker killings, Bane conquers Gotham bringing with him the terror of nuclear power. While the Batman is busy with Bane, a cat burglar Selina Kyle is also making the matters worse. Batman confronts Bane which eventually led to the demise of Batman.

The movie started slow, however, it was able to pick up the pace. The Dark Knight Rises plays around with the plot without really making it too complicated for the viewer to understand. This could be the strength of the film entirely. Making an unconventional superhero movie that defies the generics of all superheros. We can see how Gotham collapsed in the midst of the problems, we see how broken they were in the inside that they were easily corrupted. That is the reason behind Harvey Dent. The people needs to believe there is still good in them that hold to the idea dearly. Bane, on the other hand, is the one who slapped everyone in the face by letting the people control the city by giving them unrelenting freedom. Batman and the rest of good guys are what was left of the integrity the city holds.

I was surprised on how was Bane portrayed as a character in this film. He does not only reflect a very strong physical character but also played in mental terms. He is not only a "doing" villain but a "thinking" villain as well. This is one of the greatest achievement of Nolan as a writer for the franchise, delivering to us villains that we understand as to why they are in that state of madness.

Batman is still the flawed character who is still confused on his role in the society. As Alfred has pointed out, Gotham does not need Batman but Bruce Wayne who can do more good than the Caped Crusader. With the, his character is even more intensified and has broaden his perspective aside from being an eccentric billionaire. Anne Hathaway portrayed a rather surprising turn in this film, making The Dark Knight Rises an obvious statement that she is no longer the princess we first saw in The Princess Diaries. Although she did not actually portrayed the character as Catwoman in the film, she delivered so well. Joseph Gordon-Levitt played John Blake, a rookie in the police who was later on recognized as one of the prominent characters in the series.

I became a believer of Nolan since The Prestige. His ability to provide an engaging story and plot is his strength as a filmmaker. Nolan was the best thing that ever happened to the Batman franchise. It is a first that a serious adaptation was made for a Batman movie. We admire him when he rebooted the franchise so well, but it is in the second installment that he gained the respect of every moviegoer. As for The Dark Knight Rises, he made sure that the script or the plot will not be compromised.

As Nolan bows down for the series, a question is left with the viewers: Are we really ready for end of this franchise? In my own opinion, no. I walked out of the theater hoping that in the next 5 years or so, Nolan will continue to tell us a story of a hero who does not possess any powers - only strength, wit and determination.

GRADE: A+

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35 comments:

  1. Excellent movie, although marked by the tragic Colorado theater incident.

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  2. I'm really excited to watch this movie. Hopefully I get to finally see it next week.. :)

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  3. i love this movie! i agree it started slow but it was able to pick up pace. And the ending was a blast! :)

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  4. The movie looks impressive and I'll be watching it tomorrow.

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  5. I would love to watch this movie!!! Doubtful if via the big screen though.. praying for those who died and wounded in the Aurora, Colorado incident.

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  6. I've seen this movie yesterday. I enjoyed it so much when I got back home, I again watched the previous batman movies. I think I would love to see it again but in 3D...

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  7. Indeed the movie was great! We could expect another Batman will replace him, and his legacy will forever be alive.

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  8. I have not watch this movie yet. I would like to compare which Batman movie is better.. Thanks for sharing the spoilers.

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  9. I would remember the latest tragedy every time I read and see this movie. I haven't seen this one yet but it seems it's promising.

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  10. wow im so excited to watch this movie with my wife and our baby:) the trailer excites me more:)

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  11. i agree with most of the comments... the colorado incident would definitely affect this movie one way or another... Yahweh bless.

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  12. I'm looking forward to a DVD copy of it. ^_^

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  14. I am sure you knew the tragic in Colorado but the movie has nothing to do with what happened there. I'm gonna watch the movie.

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  15. Been hearing a lot of this movie.. I wonder is it really that good?

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  16. I remember being breathless watching the first 2 installments of this franchise.. especially the 2nd one..
    I can't get over it for weeks..
    Magnificent job for Nolan...
    This is one movie experience i'll enjoy for generations to come.

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  17. I've seen this movie twice already since it started to be shown here in the Philippines. And I love it. There are just scenes that i didn't quite understood so I must see the movie again. Haha! Maybe next week.

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  18. I'm not a big fan of the Batman franchise but this movie looks very promising. Now I'm more curious, seeing that you gave it an A+ rating. :)

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  19. Again.. another movie I have to watch from the net. I'm getting sad with the thought of not watching movies from the theater here in Germany. :(

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  20. I'll watch this movie today.. ahh! im so excited! :)

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  21. haven't seen this movie yet!!! :( the rain is keeping me hostage at my own home :(

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  22. Looking forward to watch this movie. Nice review!

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  23. Looking forward to watch the movie :) Thank you for the review it makes me more excited to watch it.

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  24. I don't want to read the rest of this post because I will be watching the movie tonight. Hahaha! I'm most excited with Catwoman. =)

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  25. The Batman stories are getting more and more engaging than I would normally expect from a comics character.

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  26. Me and my friend had a hard time during the start of the movie, it's like one segment after another. My friend also did not EVEN consider that I'm watching, and even asked several questions, but it's fine. Haha

    But I think that the movie is good. But it lacks something, which I do not even know how to address. Haha

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  27. never been a Batman fan, although he is the only real person in the DC list of heroes...all others are too good to be true. But with what happened in Denver, Colorado...I think I'll pass again on this one and wait for the DVD copy.

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  28. I saw this the yesterday and it was great..A mist see for everyone.. I just hope this is not the last batman hahahha..

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  29. great review..hoping to watch it this week..

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  30. I haven't watch the movie yet, maybe this coming weekend.

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  31. I did not fall asleep during the movie. It was that good. :)

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  32. The movie thrillers are exciting. How I wish I could see all these movies!

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  33. Both series has their thumbs up and thumbs down. I like the old series for its characters. They are much more lively, closer to the comics stories. The new series, though, it's more like a serious business for Batman.

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  34. I honestly didn't read the review because I haven't seen the film and I don't want to be spoiled. I heard it's good and has an "Inception-y" vibe. Can't wait to see it. :D

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  35. i haven't watched batman yet. as much as i want to, i haven't found time to do so yet.

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