The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (7/21/12) Beach Cities Arclight (2012 ***1/2) Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. Batman comes out of retirement to take on Bane, a terrorist intent on picking up the mass destruction of Gotham City where Ra’s Al Ghul left off in Batman Begins. My wife and I saw this film on opening weekend, just two days after the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado. I felt a certain sense of pride for not allowing a maniac whose name I won’t even repeat here from stopping us from going to the movies. But tragic footnote aside, I liked Chris Nolan’s third and final Batman film, though it felt about half an hour longer than it needed to be. Comparing it to the other superhero mega-blockbuster of the summer of 2012, I definitely didn’t feel a desire to see it again right away like I did with The Avengers. In addition to its slower-than-expected pace, for a movie nominally about Batman, the main character (both with and without the mask) spent a surprising amount of the film off-screen. However, the performances Nolan got from his ensemble were impressive and far more nuanced than you’d expect from a comic book movie, especially the acting by Bale, Oldman and Michael Caine. Now, if you’ll allow me teensy nit to pick: I really wish they’d chosen someone other than Matthew Modine for his role. Every time Modine was onscreen I was pulled completely out of the film, and I have no idea why. I wonder if any of the filmmakers felt the same way?

2 Responses to “The Dark Knight Rises”


  1. 1 Gordon

    What about Ann Hathaway’s catwoman? I thought she did a great job making it her own and balancing femme fatale with human sensitivity. She was one of the standouts to me because I really didn’t see her as catwoman when they cast her.

  2. 2 admin

    Agreed. I thought she did a terrific job. I liked not only her performance but the whole Batman/Catwoman relationship, which felt fresh but not forced.

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