The Dark Knight Rises (Second viewing)
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see this movie a second time, and in the company of three lovely ladies no less. Without spoiling anything, what I noticed on second viewing is how more presence the soundtrack has in this movie. Especially during the opening scene the booming bass really matches well with theSpoilerdeep roaring of the aircrafts.
The soundtrack also picks up an incredible rhythm as the final showdown of the movie draws closer which for those who have seen the movie, involvesSpoilerSeveral tumblers, an armoured truck and the Batwing.
While I still enjoyed the movie immensely, there were a few scenes that were a bit annoying, because they seemed to drag on too long, and felt a bit forced and insincere:SpoilerThe national anthem in the football stadium, which made everyone in the audience cringe, and the whole scene with Blake trying to get the kids off the island. Or the scene where Blake reveals that he could tell Bruce Wayne's secret by looking at his face. Really movie? If it was that easy, anyone could have figured it out. The fact that he is hiding his anger does not automatically make him Batman.
Some of these scenes tend to grind the movie to a screeching halt. Others simply play on the emotions a bit too much, and my heart just wasn't in it. Plenty of other emotional scenes work, like for example most of the scenes involving Alfred.
I also noticed in this particular theater that they had cranked up the volume of the music so much, that it almost drowned out some of the dialogue. It literally felt like there was an orchestra playing right behind the screen, and many times I could not understand neither Bane or Batman.
There's also a few plot points that bother me more than they did the first viewing. For example:
SpoilerWhy would Bane lock Batman in a prison without guards, in some far away desert? How did they get him there? And did Bane fly all the way with him, just to give his speech, and then fly back to Gotham again? How does a man with such a ludicrous mask keep beating airport security? And why lock him in a prison that is known for the fact that a child could escape from it? Why is Bane still surprised when Batman does manage to escape? And the whole League of Shadows plot of cleansing Gotham by blowing it up still makes as much sense as it did in the first movie. But at least now we can kind of blame it on Talia's desire for revenge. But it is still rather none-sensical.
Some of the one liners and gags got less laughs this time around. But the girls all seemed to agree that both catwoman and the cameo by Cillian Murphy were sexy as hell. I don't get what the deal is with Cillian Murphy, but apparently that is a girl's thing. I got great enjoyment by the physical acting by Tom Hardy. I loved it when the camera did this slow pan across his arms and you saw his fingers twitching like some adrenaline pumped psycho. Gary Oldman also did such a great job at portraying this slightly neurotic, but quite vulnerable character. Commisioner Gordon really is the star of this movie. You don't want him to die, but this movie does not hold back with his character's story at all. The part of Blake feels a bit off throughout the movie. I think most of the audience felt it was a bit weird to have this unknown character play such a big part in a movie that should probably be about Batman. But don't get me wrong, I don't mind that it is mostly not about Batman. But Blake just sticks out like a sore thumb.
I most certainly already mentioned it, but again even on second viewing the fight choreography is great. Bane has a couple of extremely violent bursts of power where he just unleashes a fury of blows on Batman, and it looks vicious. Again, this fits so well with the character of bane. And everything about the way Tom Hardy moves and poses is just really menacing. I can not give enough praise to this actor, for standing in the shadow of Heath Ledger's Joker and delivering such a wonderful performance.
Go see this movie.