The Dark Knight Rises
Eight years on from our last encounter with him, Batman battles poor health, even poorer PR and a new villain named Bane.
Firstly, I have watched this film a few times now and my opinion has changed dramatically from the first viewing of it. TDKR is a beautifully crafted film with wonderful art direction, photography and set design. The cast do a splendid job with what they are given. The costumes are not that great but they do the job. My opinion changed about the plot.
But more on that later, let's start with the good things. Anne Hathaway's Catwoman for one. Very refreshing to have Catwoman played as a Buffy-esque type female, strong, confident, independent, kick-ass and with a sense of humour. Although Michelle Pfeiffer will always be Catwoman to me, her character actually sucked. The blame goes to the truly disastrous script of Batman Returns.
But I digress, back to TDKR, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Gary Oldman both have well written characters and the actors give stand out performances.
Christian Bale is as awesome as ever but he's just not on screen enough.
There were great moments from Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman.
But Tom Hardy is wasted as Bane, the Hannibal Lector wannabe who never quite terrifies or chills. Personally, I demand more from a villain and Bane wouldn't even make my top 100.
Even though I enjoyed the ride there were irresponsible moments that reflect our changed world and I felt chills down my spine watching the destruction of the Gotham City tunnels and the Sports Stadium which left the City cut off with no possible escape for it's residents. It was like a blue print for would-be terrorists on how to create chaos in a major city. I know it's been done before in Incendiary but this was a whole new ballgame.
I also get the ousting of the 1% and the correlation to the French Revolution with the ice walk Guillotine but 'irresponsible' rang in my ears again. Come the revolution at least we'll know who to blame.
Of course, there are sublime moments as well. The sentimental Paris shot at the end, Christian Bale's escape from the well, Marion Cotillard's reveal and Anne Hathaway's every scene.
As I said, a beautifully crafted film but I just can't seem to shake that nagging feeling that perhaps it shouldn't have been so descriptive, shown so many details.