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.
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30-07-2012, 01:24 #2281
Last edited by Rob Van Der Sloot; 30-07-2012 at 01:29.
30-07-2012, 10:33 #2282
Rob, I was speculating along the same line as some of your points as well. I was thinking that perhaps Blake was rescued by Batman in the first movie at some point? I thought he seemed to imply that when he was talking to Bruce that first time.SpoilerAnd with knowing that he is supposed to become Robin, one could suppose that he's so sharp that that's how he figured out Batman's ID with so few clues, and that sharpness is part of why Bruce lets Blake take over for him. It's a huuuuge stretch, but it does help to fit Blake more into the story.
30-07-2012, 22:57 #2283
So apparently, The Hobbit is going to be a trilogy as well.
That..seems a bit tricky to me.
31-07-2012, 00:39 #2284
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01-08-2012, 20:11 #2285SpoilerA child vs. the countless adults that have, time and time again, before and after, failed to follow suit. I think Talia's age at the time stops being relevant with that detail alone well before anyone starts getting to the other circumstances surrounding her escape (knowing only The Pit her entire life, fear of death, etc) and comparing them against that of Bruce's. Plus, you know, broken backs are hard to recover from as quickly as Batman did.
01-08-2012, 21:46 #2286
OK, here is my upcoming review announcement: I will see the Batman on Monday and have bought "John Carter from Mars" from a cheap Amazon offer and "Prince of Persia" for even less. Lets see if the later ones are as bad as critics have said or if they will actually entertain me during my Olympic breaks.
PS: OK, here are the first...
Prince of Persia - Sands of Time
Set in the mystical lands of Persia, a rogue prince and a mysterious princess race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time -- a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
First, I have never played the computer games, so I can't comment on how the movie borrowed story elements from them. Th eonly thing I can remember about them is that there is a lot of jumping and running along walls, which the film features a lot in its actions sequences. The fighting scenes are all PG-13 as you would expect from a Disney movie. The story follows the scheme of an computer game switching from "cinematic cut scenes" to "jumping puzzles" to "fight scenes", changing places a lot. This way you kind of miss the development of story as it divides the "levels" very much. Gemma Atkinson as the "princess in distress" has a very volatile character, being nice, silly, stubborn and love struck all mixed up. Didn't like her really. Also Alfred Molina as Amar - a comic relief character - was too much and the moment Ben Kingsley made his appearance, you knew what his part will be in the end.
OK, done with the nagging. Prince of Persia is a feel good escapism movie that has good set design and entertained me more than I expected.
04-08-2012, 02:04 #2287
Just caught the subbed version of Paprika on FilmFour (I really need to keep a better eye on that channel) and... I now have a headache trying to process it. It's quite possibly the biggest cinematic mindscrew I've seen in years.
Not a bad thing, I should add.
04-08-2012, 23:30 #2288
Oh dear God, not The Hobbit. Wasn't Lord of the Rings enough? *shudders*
My boyfriend and I went to see the new Total Recall today. His idea, not mine. I vaguely remember the old one with Arnold, and I didn't like it from what I do recall (pardon the pun). I've never been a fan of sci-fi (unless you count Resident Evil as such), so I wasn't really expecting much from this movie. According to my boyfriend, this version is nothing like the original apart from the main guy's profession and a couple of names. The rest is all different, including the lack of Mars. I did get a chuckle out of the red-haired woman in the security scene; I wondered if they'd seriously use her again for the mask part the whole time. The movie as a whole wasn't too bad, even to someone like me who didn't like the original, but it's not something I'll hurry to buy on release day, and I doubt I'd buy it even if it was in the $5 bin at Walmart. It's just not my thing, but if you like sci-fi, action, and even the original, you'll probably appreciate it. I won't give it a rating because I really don't know what to give it based on these facts.
During the previews, they showed...Resident Evil Retribution!!! I'm super excited for that one! I'm going to make him take me to it; he won't take me to see The Dark Knight Rises or Breaking Dawn Part 2, so he's going to take me to this one! muhahahahaha
Here's the official trailer:
They also showed a preview for the next James Bond movie, Skyfall. It looks promising as well, but I don't know if we'll see it in theaters or not. Here's its trailer:
04-08-2012, 23:57 #2289
i love to see the new resident evil movie, i have seen them all and they are all pretty good. (except for the second one tho, that one had not much story in it)
now all i need is to wait for it to go on DVD, or maybe a decent cam when i can't wait.
05-08-2012, 04:15 #2290
hehe I didn't even realize that was Alice until the zombies showed up. She looks so different with long hair.