I saw this last night and didn't realize I was about to watch the greatest superhero movie ever filmed. This movie was awesome. It's very rare that the third installment of a trilogy is the best in the series (nothing is coming to mind except maybe Last Crusade and that's debatable) but this movie not only blew away any comic book movie made, it also made the first two films in the series vastly better now that the story is complete. I always thought Begins was kindof a weak movie on it's own but with the tie in's and back story this film provided, Begins is a better movie than it was when it came out. Not many films can do that. This movie also takes Dark Knight from being Batman vs the Joker (with way too much Two-Face) and turns it into the perfect set-up movie for the finale and in the process takes the whole "Batman has to disappear for taking the fall for Dents murder' into a cliffhanger on par with the end of Empire. This was probably the most important movie in the last 20 years and man did it deliver. I heard some fan boys outside the theater griping about how Bruce would never give up being Batman but that's the point of these movies. It's like saying you didn't like the film because Bale didn't play the character the same as Adam West. It's a different series and a fresh look at the character is way better than say remaking a Spiderman movie with the same predictability as the first three films. This is what reboots should be about, a new take on an old character. As for the film itself, I didn't think it would be possible to top Ledger's Joker but Bane was terrifying. His threats were real. He's probably the best Batman villain to appear on screen. The peril he brought to Gotham was palpable and way beyond just bad guy vs. good guy. Also Catwoman was tremendous. She stole every scene she was in and it was nice to see Bruce and Selina finally end up together after almost every incarnation of Batman has teased this possibility, this one actually went through with it. The Robin story arc was great (who cares his name wasn't Dick) His story worked. In fact Rises may be the only comic book based movie to introduce and handle multiple characters without messing it up along the way. Look at say Spidey 3 with Sandman and Venom and Gwen and Harry and on and on...with a mess of a film to show for it. I could not care less about awards or Oscars but I really hope this film gets some kind of consideration for best picture and director because it'll be a long time before we see anything like these films again.
One thing..although the cast was perfect, to a 6 year old, Matthew Modine looks a whole lot like Aaron Eckhart and my son had trouble distinguishing the two apart and after he pointed this out to me, I have to agree with him. Not that I couldn't tell who was who, but after I had to explain to my son that the police man, wasn't Two-Face, I kind of wondered why they would cast an actor that looked so similar to him. (Great casting with the cameo ofy the mayor of Baltimore from The Wire and Game of Thrones though) Also, it's always gonna be a "what would have been" but with the way everyone from the first two movies showed up in this one, I can't help but wonder what kind of role Nolan had in mind for the Joker here.
Last edited by spacecaps; Jul 22, '12 at 1:05 PM.
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