"The Dark Knight Rises" -- Impressions, Thoughts?

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  1. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

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    The blockbuster opens tonight. Anyone going to a midnight screening?

    I was lucky to screen it. Liked it but not as much as the second film with the brilliant Heath Ledger. My biggest peeve -- I couldn't understand a third of what Bane said.

    I have a few mildly-spoilerish thoughts for people watching it tonight, but will still use spoiler tags.

    Did they explain how Bruce got back into Gotham? I took a bathroom break at that point

    Did Selina give off a bisexual vibe?

    Blake's backstory is quite different than traditional lore, if they decide to continue with his character.
  2. Cachoo

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    This is an interesting time for a movie with a villain who is selective regarding his victims (not sure if I am correct on that.) I wonder how folks will react to Bane's motives. I thought it was ridiculous that Rush Limbaugh said Bane was a deliberate attack on Mitt Romney (who was ceo of Bain.) Of course Rush didn't mention that Bane was invented for the cartoon years ago.

    Even if I thought the film looked awful I think the director is worth his weight in gold and would want to see it for him alone. It looks damned good imho.
  3. Wyliefan

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    I listened to the clip, and that's not what he said at all. He was engaging in a bit of satire on pop culture and politics (during which he pointed out that of course the character preceded the election). But of course it was distorted all over the Web, as a lot of these things tend to be.

    Re: Bane's accent, this was my favorite line from the Washington Post review: "When Batman and Bane argue, it’s like listening to a Battle of the Synthesized Voice Boxes ('I see your Christopher Plummer, sir, and raise you one Darth Vader and a Clint Eastwood!')." :lol:
  4. orbitz

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    What did you think of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle? I've read good things about her performance in the film. I'll catch the film sometimes in August.
  5. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

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    I liked Anne as Selina, but not as Catwoman if that makes sense.

    As Selina she was a character with some depth and motivation.

    As Catwoman she was much more a caricature - a bad girl in bladed stilettos.

    She looked awesome in everything she wore though.
  6. Buzz

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    LOVED the movie and will see it again to catch what I. Issued dung the bathroom brak. Getting that giant drink for a 3 hour moie was not a good idea. :lol:
  7. PrincessLeppard

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    You were issued dung during your bathroom break?:confused:

    ;)
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    Fess up, that giant drink was a margarita! ;)
  9. walei

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    My favorite movie out of the three and favorite movie of the year so far. Bane's voice did took a while to get use to and anyone who's familiar with the comics could see the
    twist that Miranda Tate is Talia Al Ghoul
    . But a very good wrap up to the trilogy and a really satisfying ending IMO.

    Of all the hooplas around the internet criticizing Nolan for casting Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle back when it was announced, Nolan/Hathaway pulled off the character extremely well.
  10. Buzz

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    Oh my... :wideeyes:




    :hat1:
  11. Anita18

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    Looooved Hathaway as Selina! She knocked it out of the park! Totally classic Catwoman, even if her costume lacked certain details. Didn't matter. :D

    Dark Knight Rises is basically Batman Begins filmed like Dark Knight. I was actually pretty surprised at how "comic book-y" it was, and yet was also very brutal at times.
    They take a certain image from the drug wars in Mexico...was NOT expecting them to go that far! :eek:

    A very very fitting end to the trilogy. What third superhero movie curse? :lol:
  12. danceronice

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    Yep, what he SAID was "They're going to USE it to say it's all about Romney", and a couple Demos have actually admitted uh, yeah, actually we were gonna play on that, but now that's torpedoed in advance.

    I don't believe anything in the film's intended for a future plot. I thought this was supposed to be Nolan and Bale's last Batman film. I'll probably see it, or part of it, at some point, but it's far below "The Avengers" and "Brave" on my priority list. (I tuned out when my brother brought over "Batman Begins" and fell asleep in "The Dark Knight." Honestly, I'm more interested in the GI Joe sequel.)
  13. brina

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    I got to see the movie yesterday. I thought it was very good. It's not as clever as TDK, but I feel like since it was the conclusion, it needed to tie things up more neatly.

    I was a huge skeptic of Anne Hathaway as Seline Kyle, but she did an awesome job.

    I felt like it was a good move to bring the League of Shadows back into the story, since the series started with it. However, I feel like the LoS stuff was one of the weaker areas to begin with, so the material and character motivations were not as strong.

    Overall though, it was a great movie. The acting was great, and it was a great conclusion to the trilogy.
  14. Buzz

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    Just wanted to add that Joesph Gordon Hewitt was also fantastic. Loved him in a cop's uniform. He's looked GOOD, but as soon as he put on a suit he went back to looking like a kid. LOL




    I would love that. But unfortunately the studio I believe have said that this is the last Batman movie.
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  15. DAngel

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    I love the boy's rendition of the anthem... what an amazing voice. :kickass:

    I also love Hathaway as Selina/Catwoman. She (and Nolan) proved the doubters wrong :rollin:

    I wish the police officers had looked a bit/acted more worn down after being cooped up in a hole for months...

    I also wish there were more Alfred :<
  16. orbitz

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    Oh I wouldn't bet against a reboot in the near future. Perhaps Joel Schumacher would like an opportunity to redeem himself :p.
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    1. No.

    2, Yes, I thought so. Cannot comment more since I don't know how to do the spoiler thingy...
  18. CynicElle

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    Wow -- I actually liked this movie more than "The Dark Knight," which I wasn't expecting at all. Then again, I watched TDK again to get ready for this weekend and realized that IMO, that movie's kind of boring whenever the Joker isn't around.

    I wasn't even that bothered by how amazingly long the movie was because I thought it moved along really well. Loved Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy.

    (Are there any other "Torchwood" fans out there who geeked out when Burn Gorman showed up? I poked my husband and squealed "IT'S OWEN!" I had no idea he was in this.)

    Good lord, Michael Caine about killed me at the end. The only thing that kept me from crying my eyes out was knowing that my 16-year-old nephew would never have let me hear the end of it.
  19. Anita18

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    Not entirely correct. He's very callous to everyone who isn't useful to him (ie, he kills his minions wantonly), but he's particularly sadistic regarding Bruce Wayne/Batman.

    The Occupy Wall St "theme" was only touched on, and it's mostly something that's glossed over since Bane wasn't doing it to incite a real revolution. It was just another example of how sadistic he is. Give the people hope, and then taking it away. You have to watch the movie to see what I mean. :p

    I've actually heard that nearly an hour of footage was cut to ensure that the runtime would fit onto IMAX film platters. (It was only a minute under the absolute maximum. We didn't even get any trailers.) It wouldn't surprise me - all the right emotional beats were there, but a lot of themes were only touched on, and Dark Knight showed that they were perfectly capable of getting pretty deep with them.
  20. lmarie086

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    I just got back from seeing it...and the first chance I get I'm planning to watch the first two and then go watch TDKR again. Not sure I remember the last time I was so stressed out during a movie; it just kept building and building. My friend chewed off most of her right finger nail from how stressed she was, but she made sure she only attacked that one nail. :lol:

    I thought it was a brilliant film; very well done, a strong conclusion to the trilogy. Whether the studio decides to continue with the Batman movies or not (I'm voting that yes they should!!), it wrapped up things nicely but still left plenty of room for continuation.

    Alfred seriously almost made me cry.
  21. NinjaTurtles

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    Although Nolan and Bale have said no more Batman, don't forge the studio is working towards a Justice League movie. The end of Dark Knight Rises sets up an alternative for the Batman suit for the Justice League movie pretty well ;).
  22. Buzz

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    Weeeee!!!! :cheer2:
    and hopefully more of Hewitt in this role! I LOVE his character's back story!
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    I didn't like it as much as The Dark Knight, but overall I thought it was a nice conclusion to the series. Anne Hathaway was the best part of the film for me. She brought a much-needed sense of fun to the film. I thought Bane's voice was too distracting since he sounded kinda like Sean Connery meets Darth Vader.
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    :rofl: I think you pretty much nailed it.

    That aside, I LOVED the movie. I've seen it twice now and would love it if they continued the story. Especially with
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robin.

    In the superhero genre of movies, much like I see Christopher Reeves as Superman, I think Christian Bale IS Batman. He has totally owned that role. :respec:

    'Dark Knight Rises' reportedly earns $160 million

    :eek: For a 2D movie, that is one hefty box office earning.
  25. Yehudi

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    Splurged on the fancy schmancy movie experience for this one (alcohol, valet parking, unlimited popcorn, recliners). So had a great time.

    I was hoping for something closer to Knight Fall. There,
    Bane really broke Batman, both mentally and physically.
    . But it was a good end to the trilogy.

    The twist at the end
    with Miranda=Talia was not surprising. Bane knew way too much about Wayne Enterprises, so it was obvious he had a mole in there

    I did the same when Aiden Gillen (the CIA guy in the beginning) showed up. "Look, it's Littlefinger!" And we had our lost fix with Brett Cullen and Nestor Carbonell
  26. CynicElle

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    Forgot to mention that I absolutely loved it that
    they brought back Cillian Murphy's Jonathan Crane one last time. "Death ... by exile!" :lol:
  27. Buzz

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    Got a free ticket so I will be going to see it again tomorrow. :cheer2:
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    That made everyone in the theater LOL :lol:

    I enjoyed the movie a lot, though I still think TDK was better. Bane was OMG scary as sh*t. :eek:
    That first fight scene between the two of them was incredibly intense. I was like :yikes: the whole time!
    Tom Hardy was awesome as Bane, though I agree with the person who said his voice was a cross b/w Vader and Connery:D. If he had like a Vin Diesel voice he would have been 10x more terrifying, but the fact that it's this nice proper voice coming out of this massive and threatening-looking person is part of what makes him so scary. He looked about 6'5", 350 pounds...but Hardy is only 5'9" or 5'10"! They say the boots he wore added about 3" but he still looked massive next to Bale, who is supposedly 6'...great angles and filming can do wonders.

    I loved Hathaway as Selina/Catwoman. Girl rocked the hell outta that bodysuit and I loved how she incorporated her swishy catwalk walk in heels...walking on gravel! Not an easy thing to do.

    I never trusted
    Talia so I wasn't surprised to find out she was a baddie. I did like the whole tie-in to the first movie though. It made sense even if it is a little cliche: the bad guy's son/daughter is back for revenge. It's an overused story line but whatever...it still worked.

    I loved Blake's story
    and could totally see them continuing on, though I am relieved there was no Robin in this series. Robin was a lame character IMO; a D-version of Batman. They left the story in a way that if they wanted Batman to come back, Blake is in a position to take up that role. There will be no more Bruce Wayne/Batman, but there could be a Robin Blake/Batman. Nolan said he'd be a consultant on the film, but I think he's done writing/directing.

    One thing about Nolan: he loves recycling his actors! I half expected to see Leo Dicaprio or Ellen Page pop up in this movie! :lol: Half of the actors from "Inception" were in this one...

    My theater was pretty great. Lots of cheers when
    the lady told Blake he should use his first name. When she said "Robin" a number of people clapped and there were also several "I knew it!" and my brother said "I told you!":lol: Also at the end when Alfred spotted Bruce and Selina at the cafe there were cheers
    . I really loved that ending.

    To me, TDK is more of a stand alone movie. There weren't as many tie-ins to Batman Begins; for TDKR, if you aren't familiar with the story/characters from the first movie, you probably missed out on a lot or didn't get the significance of several key points. I loved TDKR and I think it was a nice way to end the series. It's rare to have three strong movies in a row, but Nolan did it.

    I would really love to see it again, probably in IMAX this time.
  29. liv

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    I just saw this movie and thought it was a great conclusion to this trilogy. Christian Bale really owns Batman. Anne Hathaway was great, adding a little zing, and loved the regulars Michael Cane, Morgan Freeman etc. Loved the characters they brought back in little snippets, it made it all seem "right."

    Overall, this is a great trilogy. I thought every movie was strong. I hope they don't try to make another Batman series after only 10 years, like they have with Spiderman. This one is good enough that it doesn't need a remake...they can only add to this franchise if the players involved feel like it... calling Chris Nolan...

    small beef...Bain did sound too much like Sean Connery!!!
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