Manuel A. Carmona
Well, I just watched one of the most anticipated films in the last few years, The Dark Knight Rises, and I have to admit it wasn't as spectacular as I expected; and here's why. The movie, for those of you who don't know, is based on Batman, one of the most beloved characters in comics, and in a movie that lasted 2 hr 45 min you only get to see Batman about 30 minutes tops!!! That was the first let down. At one point I actually heard someone said "Enough already! Get out of that damn pit and put the costume on!" and that's exactly how I felt. Another thing I didn't like was Bruce Wayne being in hiding. Why was he in hiding? Batman was a fugitive, fine, but nobody knew who Batman was, and after Bruce fought to gain back control of Wayne Enterprises and put Fox in charge, he just threw all that out the window? I'm sorry Mr. Nolan but that's not the Bruce Wayne we all know and love. As if that wasn't out of character for Bruce, him basically kicking Alfred out of the mansion, OVER A GIRL??? LOL! Maybe Mr. Nolan hasn't read Batman comics for 25+ years like I have but no Mr. Nolan, Bruce Wayne would never kick Alfred Pennyworth out of Wayne Mansion; NEVER!!!!!!! There are so many things wrong with the portrayal of these characters that it made me kind of angry. At one point they free the main criminals in Gotham, they freed Scarecrow and not The Joker? Really? And he was acting as a "judge" of some kind? I don't understand.
The great surprise of this movie was Catwoman. Anne Hathaway, without a shadow of a doubt, stole the show! From the moment she first enters the scene you witness magic in motion, she definitely did her homework and studied Catwoman's mannerisms and brought Selena Kyle to life better than any other actress before her and set the bar as high as it gets for anyone who'll ever portray the character in the future. Now, I have to be honest, from the moment I learned that Hathaway was going to portray Catwman I was worried because, as much as I've enjoyed her in past movies, she's never been in an action role, much less portray a character as demanding as Catwoman is but I have to admit, she blew my socks off! Selena Kyle is portrayed as the smart and slick thief she is and they did it in a very realistic way that make you feel like she's a bad girl but at the same time you kinda like her; that's not an easy thing to accomplish in my opinion.
Bane was a cool villain, although as powerful as he was in the film, when it came to the last fight he seemed like another person because his strength wasn't there like it was, Batman basically beat him down to the ground, after he just recovered from a broken back and he just laid there (another thing that made me laugh was how Bruce's vertebra was protruding out and a "doctor" in a jail cell basically punched it back into place and he recovered in the span of a few weeks, and then he comes back even more powerful and beats Bane?). Dear lord... Mr. Nolan what were you thinking? Then, Talia Al Ghul tells the story about how bane loved her, they showed that Bane had a heart, they say he was trained by the League of Assasins but at the same time Ras Al Ghul left him? Holy confusing story Batman! Was he or was he not in the League of Shadows?
Another shinning ray of light on this movie was Joseph Gordon Levitt. His character (possibly Robin?) was in my opinion, along with Catwoman, the true heroes in this movie because even though it was a Batman movie, both Hathaway and Gordon Levitt had more action and impact on the viewers than Batman itself; and that speaks volume! His character showed leadership and a detective spirit that out shined even Bruce's detective skills, it reminded me of Tim Drake who'm, out of all the Robins, was the best detective and Batman himself said he could become the world's greatest detective, even better than himself.
Of course, Michael Cane, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman gave the performances you'd expect from them, simply superb acting on their part. Mr. Cane gave, in my opinion, one of the most emotional performances of his career and gave the movie a lot of heart, something that it needed dearly. Gary Oldman showed why he's one of the most respected actors in the world as he portrayed Commissioner Gordon to perfection. And last but not least, Mr. Freeman brought Lucious Fox to life one last time and how awesome it was!
All in all, it was a good movie but not a great movie. If I had to give it a score, I'd give it a 7 out of 10 stars. If you love Batman or comics in general you'll like this movie but if you ask me if all the hype around it was deserved, I'd have to say in all honesty; no.
Manuel A. Carmona
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