Monday, 23 July 2012


The Dark Knight Rises.
Not a review.
I've watched this twice already,
And I STILL wanna go watch it again.

CATWOMAN! (oh wait, she's only called Selina Kyle here)
THE BATCAVE! (oooh, gloomy)
THE BATPOD! (Holy Cat on a Batpod, Batman!)
THE BAT! (This isn't a car)
*fanboy hyperventtlates*

Make no mistake about it: This ain't no Avengers.
It's not a superhero movie.
It's a serious, intellectual, socially-aware movie,
Which just HAPPENS to have a superhero in it.
Nolan isn't interested in appeasing the fanboys.
(Besides, you've got The Avengers for that sort of thing.)
He didn't set out to make a Batman movie,
He set out to make a movie with Batman in it.
There's a difference there, you know.

Anyway, to the Batcave!
Knightfall! No Man's Land!
Nolan didn't follow the comics per se,
But there are so many comic book threads here.
Most Batman fans wouldn't be surprised at the twists,
Unless you're the type who don't read the comics, of course.

I actually liked Batman a lot more here than in TDK,
It showed the fact that although he is a so-called 'superhero',
He is still a MAN, first and foremost.
A man who CAN be broken, both mentally and physically.
Bale's Batman has never been more vulnerable,
And as a result, when the inevitable rise happens,
You get a sense that HE. IS. THE. BATMAN.

Bale's Batman has never been the finished article to me.
He is not the crimefighting machine he is in the cartoons of comics.
In fact, Nolan's movies feels like a LONG version of Batman: Year One,
Where Bruce Wayne is still LEARNING to be Batman.
Of what he must do to become Batman, the cold crimefighting machine.

At first I thought she wasn't really essential to the movie,
But she is, she really is.
She just lights up the movie every time she's on,
And keeps it from being a sausage-filled brawlfest.
I really liked the fact that her 'cat ears' are her goggles.
Cleavage rating: 8.5
Ass on a Batpod rating: OFF THE CHARTS.

Holy crap, Tom Hardy. IS that really you?
There's no Venom here, or lucha libre mask,
But this Bane is TERRIFYING.
Yes, even when he talks.
At first the rather flippant tone was a bit jarring,
But later, coming from THAT imposing figure,
That voice was rather.... disconcerting.

The supporting characters get a lot more time too.
Alfred was a very emotional character for me,
Lucius Fox is GOD (and not just because he's Morgan Freeman)
Oooh, Marion Cotillard.
Cleavage rating: 8
Oh, and there's Joseph Gordon Lewitt also.
It's like Inception all over again.

It's not perfect.
There are parts where it DOES sag a little,
And there are a little TOO many monologues for my liking.
Some parts I only managed to understand after the 2nd time,
(including some of Bane's dialogue too)
But it's still a solid, solid movie.
And a fitting end to Nolan's Batman trilogy.
It's also better than 90% of the superhero movies out there.

Is it better than The Dark Knight?
The Dark Knight set an UNPRECEDENTED standard,
The bar was set SO HIGH that not even Nolan can pass it.
And he knows it, so he didn't set out to do so.
The Dark Knight Rises is its own beast,
And what a beast it is.


spiller said...
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Michael Cheang said...

Spiller: Sorry dude, had to delete your comment because of spoilers. LOL But no, I don't think he will.

camlok said...

Seeing Joseph Gordon Lewitt does not reminds me of inception cause he's so different here, but seeing Marion Cotillard really reminds me of inception cause she looks so similar in both movies.

Woot for Catwomen on batpod in imax.

Listening to Bane on the first scene was like wtf, but yeah, the voice grows more and more on you.

Problem with rewatching it though, just like TDK, you notice more and more plot holes

camlok said...

And the last scene, something my friend said that I totally agrees, it would be better just to end it after Alfred looks up and smile.

Michael Cheang said...

I've actually watched it 3 times, and instead of looking for plotholes, it was refreshing to just immerse yourself in the entire STAGGERING, SPRAWLING scope of the movie instead of trying to analyse the little details. haha.

thatjames said...

Yup, definitely worth a few more viewings. Had to settle for regular screening last weekend. 2nd round is gonna be IMAX. :)

jeevs said...

Camlok, I agree, they should have only shown Alfred in the last scene, would have added more to the debate, since the scene before clarified the autopilot point.