Dark Knight Rises was definitely the best film I’ve seen so far this
year. It is very different to the previous two films (Batman Begins and
The Dark Knight), which I’m glad I watched again just before, in just
about every way. The story line was complex, but reasonably easy to
follow. I like to have to think about the story in films (The Dark
Knight was no Battleship!).
Hathaway as Selina/Catwoman was completely captivating. If not better
than Eva Green in Dark Shadows then at least as good. Her character did
nothing to dispel the feeling I started to get with the Star Wars
prequels that women, at least in sci-fi / fantasy stories are the root
of all evil and the source of most of the problems for the male
characters. The spectacular Miranda, who turns out to be the real
villain did does nothing to change my mind either.
Batman character in other remakes starring the likes of Michael Keaton
was always a weak character. Especially as Batman, not always so much as
Bruce Wayne in my opinion. Christian Bale, however is a superb and
strong Batman and Bruce Wayne throughout.
is one plot discrepancy I’ve still to get my head around. During some
of the prison scenes Bruce Wayne convinces himself that the child who
escaped the prison was Bane while also knowing that Bane was mutilated
by the prison doctor before the child left unmutilated. Maybe I missed
something more subtle there.
Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are just superbly cast throughout. It’s only a shame there wasn’t more of Alfred.
film has a great ending and I didn’t see the twist coming. The final
five minutes are pure agony of suspense. The setups for the sequels are
you see no other film this year, see this one. Although my wife did
manage to fall asleep again. I can’t wait for The Expendables 2, the
Total Recall remake or the next Resident Evil. It’s going to be a great