Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises spoiler discussion thread...


So it's midnight on the West Coast, which means the first midnight showings are just letting out on the East Coast.  Okay, you know the drill.  Here's hoping I have more comments here than I did for The Amazing Spider-Man.  Anyway, I'm actually going to be away from my keyboard for a couple days, but I'll *try* to do a weekend box office write-up on Sunday morning.  Until then, it's officially open season for anyone who saw the third and final Chris Nolan Batman film.  You've heard my thoughts, now time to share yours, in as much detail as you desire.

Scott Mendelson

11 comments:

Magali said...

Other than a few continuity errors I spotted, it was flawless & amazing IMHO.

sean1966 said...

In light of what happened in Colorado, I am not interested in seeing the movie now. But, great blog, Scott.

corysims said...

I really want to get into this film and this trilogy with you, Scott. But, after what happened, I'm just numb about everything right now. Prays go out to the families of the victims.

And as selfish as this may sound, a trilogy that now sits up there with my all time favorites, feels tainted by the tragedy of last night.

I'm sure you'll have plenty of thoughts later after everything has died down.

Enjoy your weekend.

Robert Hawks said...

First of all, Scott, I hate you for always (usually) being right. Sigh. That said, My Dark Knight Rises review: entertaining, but predictable, looks great but nothing jumps out like The Joker did. Tom Hardy does a great Bane, but all Bane does is blow stuff up, which gets old after a while. There are also way to many wtf plot holes in the finale/wrap up. See in IMAX if you can, it'll make a difference I suspect. Oh, and easily the bloodiest Batman - despite the Bat's ethic, everybody else is shooting, stabbing, hang and blowing people up left and right, all of which is offset only for a few moments by Anne Hathaway on the Batcycle. Me-ow. Oh, and the big reveal was so obvious the only curiosity was wondering when they would play the card. The more I think about TDKRises the less I guess I liked it. But never left Michael Caine retire, ever. From The Swarm to Beyond The Poseidon Adventure to whatever in between, he believes. He believes.

Robert Hawks said...

And why is Matthew Modine (and his character) even in the movie, what does it add? He's neither cool, nor fun, nor funny. and if you cut all his scenes, the entire arc, you lose 20 mins and have a tighter film. Not that I know, but ya know.

Mikeyb4204 said...

TDKR is now my favorite of Nolan's trilogy. I absolutely loved it despite a few points.
I thought the way JGL's character realized Batman's identity was ridiculous and insulting to every other citizen of Gotham.
Bane was fantastic, but they turned him into a pathetic guard dog at the end. He deserved better.
Oh and that prison didn't seem so bad.
Absolutely loved it though. Hopefully it holds up better than TDK has for me after watching it one million times.

Collindysart said...

The ending was absolutely deplorable. It debased all the ideology/theology of the first two films. It erased all impact and consequence. There seemed as if Nolan put it there as a cruel joke that despite all posturing that this series is supposed to represent Hollywood machinations always win in the end.

I seem in the minority; I thought Miss Hathaway woefully miscast. Her talents are apparent from films such as Brokeback Mountain and Rachel Getting Married but she does not posses the physicality necessary for this role. Partial blame must be attributed to Nolan for writing a sycophantic character. Also Pfeiffer’s shadow looms large and menacing to all 90's Batman fans. Nonetheless, Hathaway cannot articulate the smug charm coupled with a devil may care sensibility needed for a titillating and provoking catwoman.

Joh said...

The idea of a villain that spouts popularist slogans that resemble real calls for reform and justice while actually just pursuing destruction and revenge reminds me of Sallust's "Conspiracy of Catiline" from about 41 BCE.

Robert Hawks said...

And lemme get this straight, after Bane breaks the bat, they smuggle him out of Gotham, halfway around the world, throw him in prison, mess with him a bit, he heals, recovers, then travels with no money or ID around the world back, and smuggles himself into Gotham, all while Gotham is the most guarded and surrounded location on the planet.

Scott Mendelson said...

On this we agree. Again, the film falters by using major characters/big stars to represent various factions of Gotham. In this case, all of the 'good people who do nothing' is represented by one of the top cops in the city, not exactly an 'every man'.

Scott Mendelson said...

It's not selfish, not at all. We (mostly) come here to talk movies, and one of the biggest films of the summer just opened. I would no more expect us to refrain from discussing the movies then I would expect baseball fans to not talk about box stats from the week's games. Respect must be paid, but otherwise the show must go on.

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