DaOmega_1 reviews "The Dark Knight Rises"

most viewed right now
 48
Image(s) inside 50 cent Ex likes photo of his shooter Hommo on IG
63 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 30
NBA New NBA logo? 👑🔥🔥🔥
44 comments
@sports
most viewed right now
 23
Nicki Minaj speaks up against White rappers taking over the charts
162 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 22
Image(s) inside Uncle Murda Comments On Chinx's Killer Who Is Linked To Him!
86 comments
@hiphop

section   (0 bx goons and 1 bystanders) Share this on Twitter   Share this on Facebook
 

Props Slaps
 5 years ago '05        #1
12754 pageviews
246 comments


DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271
space
avatar space
space
$13,839 | Props total: 4137 4137
DaOmega_1 reviews "The Dark Knight Rises"
 

 
My self-imposed hiatus is all but over at this point. Expect more reviews more frequently in the coming weeks... starting with this one.


[pic - click to view]


Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" comes to us in a curious time in history. We're in the midst of a reelection, while financially the U.S. struggles. Batman's world has always, even in the crazier eras of the comics, been a mirror held up to our own world, our problems, our concerns. Batman, as a character, presents to us a superhero born out of tragedy, but forged from relentless will & hope.


Batman resonates so deeply with fans because he represents a symbol of hope, no matter how dark or incredibly scary the world around him seems to become. Batman isn't just wide-eyed hope & optimism, but a sense of hope that is more palatable to our world and our concerns as a society. More than almost any other superhero, he has earned his place as a cultural icon. Nolan's Batman taps into our world and our societal concerns more than any other iteration of Batman. That's what has made his Batman films more than just comic book films.


And, here we reach something that almost never happens. A trilogy ender that is made with the purpose of ENDING the series. So many sequels just keep blowing up the balloon of "stories" to the point that sequels feel more episodic in nature. With this film, it is clear that it is all a part of one story. Nearly every element introduced in this series meets a satisfying resolution here. While I hesitate to call it the best of the franchise even after my 2nd time seeing it, it is STILL a more-than-worthy conclusion to a compelling and dramatically rich saga of films that we'd never thought would ever involve Batman.


So, we meet up with Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) some 8 years after taking the blame for Harvey Dent's murders, and has since become a recluse. However, Selina Kyle's (Anne Hathaway) thefts rips him out of his blanket of apathy, and he decides to come back into the real world. As a result of his absence, Wayne Enterprises has fallen on hard times, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), along with Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), begin to mount a plan to save Wayne Enterprises. But, this comes at a time when Bane (Tom Hardy) invades Gotham City with a plan to destroy it. Now, Bruce Wayne must don the cape & cowl whether he is ready or not in order to save the city.


This installment is the darkest and most emotional of the trilogy. Christian Bale brings something extra to the role of Bruce Wayne that I haven't seen him bring out before. That this guy is truly hurt & hopelessly alone even if he "isn't". Joseph Gordon Levitt's character John Blake seems to understand Bruce Wayne better than most. It's great how these two characters interact, and it makes for some very interesting choices in the 3rd act. Also, Michael Caine is better than he has ever been as Alfred. Michael Caine brings such an emotional honesty that makes the stakes feel alot higher, and his relationship with Bruce Wayne is more strained the ever.

There is a sense of finality to this film. Elements introduced from the previous films tie into this one in very big ways. Though the story takes place after "The Dark Knight", TDKR is more thematically similar to Batman Begins. In Bruce Wayne's story arc, it sees him grappling with the same emotional issues he dealt with in Batman Begins. In reality, however, this is much larger than just Bruce Wayne's story. It's Gotham City's story. Gotham City feels so much bigger than it did in the previous films, and it acts almost as a character in the film (thanks to jaw-droppingly beautiful cinematography from Wally Pfister). It's like a slice of life in a city that is seemingly pristine, yet rotten from the inside out. Gary Oldman does his best work as Jim Gordon, simultaneously living in deep guilt about his lie, yet unwilling to trust Gotham City with the truth. Peaceful yet corroded in ways that only Bane can expose.

Tom Hardy's performance as Bane is remarkable. Bane has a towering & terrifying presence. Ruthlessly efficient, fiercely articulate, and brutally strong, he presents a challenge to Batman unlike any we've seen. One could make the argument that he may not be as charismatic as Heath Ledger's "The Joker", but I'd argue it is that element alone that makes Bane such an interesting villain. He's a villain who feels like he could actually exist in our world, and the things that happen in the film could be possible. That is a terrifying prospect. Anne Hathaway also does great work as Selina Kyle, yet at the same time, I feel the movie needed more of her. She brings a certain levity to the proceedings the same way that The Joker brought a very sardonic yet welcome sense of humor to the pitch darkness of the film.

Make no mistake about it, this movie is VERY dark. For some, it may be too dark. For me, I had almost no problems with the heaviness of this film's themes... Almost. The problem has nothing to do with the film's darkness, yet has more to do with the film's pacing. There is a lag in the first act, and while there are interesting things happening and the performances are wall-to-wall excellent, it still feels like the film is missing something for the first act. And, I realize what that something is.

Batman.

I wasn't kidding when I said it is more akin to Batman Begins than The Dark Knight. This is mostly due to the fact that Batman doesn't show up until the 45 minute mark. And, his appearances as Batman aren't as plentiful... just like Batman Begins. And, there are pacing problems... just like Batman Begins. And, there is one (and only one) weak female performance... just like Batman Begins. And, that weak performance is from Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Maybe what makes it weak is the fact that I accurately predicted what would be the ultimate fate of that character, and having that in the back of my mind throughout the film's almost 3 hour runtime made her character ultimately feel shallow... until the last 45 minutes.

Maybe I'm being a little too harsh on the movie, because this film is remarkable. This is truly epic, mature, and supremely majestic filmmaking. With the cast of thousands feel, the huge broad canvas, the profound themes, the emotional complexity, and the grandness of the action scenes, this movie is more than just a superhero film. This is truly epic-scale filmmaking, the kind of film Hollywood no longer makes. It's truly remarkable.

I'll be honest, the first two thirds of the film... I really liked it, but wasn't head-over-heels in love like I was with TDK. However, the final 45 minutes had me completely & totally. It builds to a conclusion INFINITELY more satisfying than maybe any movie I've seen in the last 3 years. It is at the film's final moments that it unleashes all of its emotional fury, all the best action, all the best performance, Hans Zimmer's score, everything. It was almost more than I could take. I don't think there was any person in the theater who wasn't on the verge of tears by the end of the film. Truly remarkable.

What Nolan has done with these films will be remembered for years to come. Batman has a legion of die-hard fans, passionate & faithful... sometimes to a fault (the rottentomatoes debacle from last week was NOT a good look). Like Batman himself, and the times we live in, these films are steeped in tragedy. To the point that these films never had the chance to be just films, and have elevated up to an unsettling mirror of our real world concerns. This past friday, that mirror shattered, and we were all witnesses to a terrifying dosage of reality. But, like Batman himself, there is a glimmer of hope. "The Dark Knight Rises" is a reminder that, no matter how entrenched in tragedy we seem to be, there is always hope.

"The Dark Knight Rises", while not better than the previous installment to the franchise, is still a very much worthy conclusion to an incredible trilogy. Deeply disturbing yet oddly profound, Christopher Nolan has created the quintessential epic that reflects our times. And, in an age of digitized popcorn fluff, what more could be asked of him?

SCORE: 9.0 (out of 10) = DOPENESS

Check out some of the other reviews from fellow BX residents:

[pic - click to view]

 http://slumz.boxden.com/f .. -tdkr-1788172/

[pic - click to view]

 http://slumz.boxden.com/f .. rises-1788166/


Last edited by DaOmega_1; 07-23-2012 at 09:45 AM..

246 comments for "DaOmega_1 reviews "The Dark Knight Rises""

 5 years ago '07        #2
tsdf38 14 heat pts14
space
space
space
$124 | Props total: 0 0
 5 years ago '05        #3
jiggaman85 15 heat pts15
space
avatar space
space
$2,866 | Props total: 167 167
 DaOmega_1 said:
[CENTER]
"The Dark Knight Rises", while not better than the previous installment to the franchise, is still a very much worthy conclusion to an incredible trilogy. Deeply disturbing yet oddly profound, Christopher Nolan has created the quintessential epic that reflects our times. And, in an age of digitized popcorn fluff, what more could be asked of him?
Why? Discuss it..
 5 years ago '07        #4
TH35 103 heat pts103
space
avatar space
space
$85,790 | Props total: 14597 14597
I thought it was better than TDK but to each his own. Joker was labeled a "terrorist" too but he didn't exactly strike more fear into Gotham than Bane did.

Good review

this though

I don't think there was any person in the theater who wasn't on the verge of tears by the end of the film.
Comedy
[spoiler - click to view]



Last edited by TH35; 07-23-2012 at 09:55 AM..
 5 years ago '09        #5
BrooklynStiles 82 heat pts82
space
avatar space
space
$10,450 | Props total: 8557 8557
I agree it wasn't better than TDK plot-wise and performance-wise.
 5 years ago '05        #6
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,839 | Props total: 4137 4137
 jiggaman85 said:
Why? Discuss it..
I guess The Dark Knight was just so much more singular in its vision, so there wasn't much time for lag or pacing issues. And, while The Dark Knight Rises is INCREDIBLE, it does have pacing issues and a few muddled storytelling choices that does not make it the near flawless experience that TDK was.
 5 years ago '07        #7
TH35 103 heat pts103
space
avatar space
space
$85,790 | Props total: 14597 14597
 DaOmega_1 said:
I guess The Dark Knight was just so much more singular in its vision, so there wasn't much time for lag or pacing issues. And, while The Dark Knight Rises is INCREDIBLE, it does have pacing issues and a few muddled storytelling choices that does not make it the near flawless experience that TDK was.
So you like TDK because it had more action? That's cool. Yea, TDKR had some story issues sometimes it was all over the place but it didn't act pretentious like TDK did at times.
 5 years ago '05        #8
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,839 | Props total: 4137 4137
 TH35 said:
I thought it was better than TDK but to each his own. Joker was labeled a "terrorist" too but he didn't exactly strike more fear into Gotham than Bane did.

Good review

this though



Comedy
[spoiler - click to view]

Hey, it had me completely and totally invested emotionally, and it had me.


[spoiler - click to view]

 5 years ago '05        #9
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,839 | Props total: 4137 4137
 TH35 said:
So you like TDK because it had more action? That's cool. Yea, TDKR had some story issues sometimes it was all over the place but it didn't act pretentious like TDK did at times.
Well, no... Not because it had more action, because speaking on an action movie level, TDKR has better action scenes than TDK did.

It just had a better handle of its storytelling and themes. TDKR has SO many themes, and SO many ideas to touch on, that by the end of it, it became a little muddled. Just a little. I thought, however, TDK had just the right amount of everything. The pacing was tight, the performances were great, etc. For me, TDK has very very few weak spots, while TDKR has a few weak spots that are... shall we say, more visible than the ones in TDK.
 5 years ago '07        #10
TH35 103 heat pts103
space
avatar space
space
$85,790 | Props total: 14597 14597
 DaOmega_1 said:
Hey, it had me completely and totally invested emotionally, and it had me.


[spoiler - click to view]


[spoiler - click to view]



That's fine that you were completely invested. I was too but I mean no film can bring me to cry or tear up, well not Batman. There were several scenes that I said damn this is AMAZING cinematography but just left it at that.
 5 years ago '07        #11
TH35 103 heat pts103
space
avatar space
space
$85,790 | Props total: 14597 14597
 DaOmega_1 said:
Well, no... Not because it had more action, because speaking on an action movie level, TDKR has better action scenes than TDK did.

It just had a better handle of its storytelling and themes. TDKR has SO many themes, and SO many ideas to touch on, that by the end of it, it became a little muddled. Just a little. I thought, however, TDK had just the right amount of everything. The pacing was tight, the performances were great, etc. For me, TDK has very very few weak spots, while TDKR has a few weak spots that are... shall we say, more visible than the ones in TDK.
As a film if you dissect both TDK may be better. I just prefer TDKR because the plan made more sense and was more on an epic scale. Bane REALLY was a terrorist compared to Joker. One thing though, even though I know Heath died, it still makes no sense mentioning Harvey but not Joker. Joker was pretty much the anchor/catalyst to everything.
 5 years ago '05        #12
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,839 | Props total: 4137 4137
 TH35 said:
As a film if you dissect both TDK may be better. I just prefer TDKR because the plan made more sense and was more on an epic scale. Bane REALLY was a terrorist compared to Joker. One thing though, even though I know Heath died, it still makes no sense mentioning Harvey but not Joker. Joker was pretty much the anchor/catalyst to everything.
I gotcha... I guess it's just a matter of what one prefers.
 5 years ago '05        #13
Bobby's World 9 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$11,742 | Props total: 4818 4818
 DaOmega_1 said:
Well, no... Not because it had more action, because speaking on an action movie level, TDKR has better action scenes than TDK did.

It just had a better handle of its storytelling and themes. TDKR has SO many themes, and SO many ideas to touch on, that by the end of it, it became a little muddled. Just a little. I thought, however, TDK had just the right amount of everything. The pacing was tight, the performances were great, etc. For me, TDK has very very few weak spots, while TDKR has a few weak spots that are... shall we say, more visible than the ones in TDK.
Definitely agree. And like you said it was pacing and IMO some lacksidaisical plot choices.
Its like Nolan did not want to leave any stone unturned. No openings. This is it.
But while Nolan focused on the EPICNESS, there were missteps in detail. TDK didnt have that issue because quite frankly eventhough Nolan talks that "I dont know if its going to be a sequel" jazz, the first two were definitely done as if the story was going to continue.

With TDKR Nolan didnt have that luxury. This was it. No more. Fin. Hence we got the squeeze. In essence its all bittersweet because we want more, but what Nolan gave us was some stolen bases, then a grand slam that bounced off the back of the fence, and all the his players making it to home base while everyone else was watching the ball being fumbled around with at center field. Either way he ENDED the game with a WIN.
 5 years ago '05        #14
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,839 | Props total: 4137 4137
 Bobby's World said:
Definitely agree. And like you said it was pacing and IMO some lacksidaisical plot choices.
Its like Nolan did not want to leave any stone unturned. No openings. This is it.
But while Nolan focused on the EPICNESS, there were missteps in detail. TDK didnt have that issue because quite frankly eventhough Nolan talks that "I dont know if its going to be a sequel" jazz, the first two were definitely done as if the story was going to continue.
Completely agree. It's like he was trying SO hard to cover so many bases, some details get overlooked.

However, these problems are not nearly big enough to stop me from lovin the sh*t out of this movie.
 5 years ago '04        #15
psylence2k 58 heat pts58
space
space
space
$12,815 | Props total: 1842 1842
I dont understand why people had a problem with the pacing??

I never thought the pacing was bad, ESPECIALLY in the beginning. Am I the only one that thought Nolan purposely wanted to leave Batman out for at least the first 30-40 min of the film ?? I felt like the movie was doing what it was suppose to in driving home the message and feeling of Batman's "absence" for the past 8 years and letting us truly examine a crippled and disheartened Wayne ??

I never ever felt bored during that 45 min period because Nolan did such a amazing job with new character introductions as well as old character developments that my attention was kept and rewarded all the way until the final seconds of progressing into the "second act".

Maybe it was just me , but I found way more things in this movie to enjoy than just Batman. Though I've always looked for that since we're all familiar with what Batman does when he's on screen. He mostly just kicks a$$ and delivers the film's action scenes which we already agree there was no lack of in this one.

TDK (which had the best singular performance of the trilogy with Heath) only made me care about the Joker, the rest of the movie just didn't have much replay value for me outside of the Joker scenes. Therefore it made the movie feel a bit "unbalanced" since when Joker was not on scene, the movie was so mediocre that all I wanted was to see the Joker back on the screen.

That's not the case with this movie though, Nolan intrigued me from so many different angles that the movie just seemed more "balanced" even though it's storyline wasn't as linear as TDK. In TDK Heath's Performance was a 10 and everyone else was a 7 IMO. In TDKR it's pretty much all 9's and a few 8's across the board. That's why the movie just feels better as a whole to me .
 5 years ago '07        #16
TH35 103 heat pts103
space
avatar space
space
$85,790 | Props total: 14597 14597
 psylence2k said:
I dont understand why people had a problem with the pacing??

I never thought the pacing was bad, ESPECIALLY in the beginning. Am I the only one that thought Nolan purposely wanted to leave Batman out for at least the first 30-40 min of the film ?? I felt like the movie was doing what it was suppose to in driving home the message and feeling of Batman's "absence" for the past 8 years and letting us truly examine a crippled and disheartened Wayne ??

I never ever felt bored during that 45 min period because Nolan did such a amazing job with new character introductions as well as old character developments that my attention was kept and rewarded all the way until the final seconds of progressing into the "second act".

Maybe it was just me , but I found way more things in this movie to enjoy than just Batman. Though I've always looked for that since we're all familiar with what Batman does when he's on screen. He mostly just kicks a$$ and delivers the film's action scenes which we already agree there was no lack of in this one.

TDK (which had the best singular performance of the trilogy with Heath) only made me care about the Joker, the rest of the movie just didn't have much replay value for me outside of the Joker scenes. Therefore it made the movie feel a bit "unbalanced" since when Joker was not on scene, the movie was so mediocre that all I wanted was to see the Joker back on the screen.

That's not the case with this movie though, Nolan intrigued me from so many different angles that the movie just seemed more "balanced" even though it's storyline wasn't as linear as TDK. In TDK Heath's Performance was a 10 and everyone else was a 7 IMO. In TDKR it's pretty much all 9's and a few 8's across the board. That's why the movie just feels better as a whole to me .
Definitely, the Joker STOLE TDK.
 5 years ago '04        #17
psylence2k 58 heat pts58
space
space
space
$12,815 | Props total: 1842 1842
 TH35 said:
Definitely, the Joker STOLE TDK.


He definitely did, but it wasn't only that for me.

The rest of the movie IMO suffered from pretentious and forced execution of the themes through the dialogue.


When I watch the TDK , alot of the dialogue makes me cringe at how cheesily pretentious it is. It felt kind of insulting as the audience because I know the Nolan brothers are great writers but it just seemed that they were trying drive home the point of every scene through plot and dialogue when it really wasn't that hard to "grasp". It was obvious that the purpose was because they still wanted to maintain the same level of intellectual integrity they've been known for but at the same time aim the movie at the general masses who they wanted to "get" it.

TDKR had a little bit of it but no where near as much as TDK had. Honestly it's really hard to watch alot of the non-joker scenes. There were a few supporting roles that had bad acting, but even some of the good acting in the movie was ruined IMO by the pretentious overtones of the dialogue.


Last edited by psylence2k; 07-23-2012 at 11:07 AM..
 5 years ago '05        #18
ReppinDaBurghh 55 heat pts55
space
avatar space
space
$53,467 | Props total: 7115 7115
 TH35 said:
So you like TDK because it had more action? That's cool. Yea, TDKR had some story issues sometimes it was all over the place but it didn't act pretentious like TDK did at times.


TDKR had a LOT more action then TDK.

TDK was just the better movie, hands down. And I loved TDKR.
 5 years ago '07        #19
TH35 103 heat pts103
space
avatar space
space
$85,790 | Props total: 14597 14597
 ReppinDaBurghh said:


TDKR had a LOT more action then TDK.

TDK was just the better movie, hands down. And I loved TDKR.
To me and I'm sure others it wasn't, hands down. I like Begins more than TDK. As far as action goes they both had the same amount there just wasn't as much people f!ghting at one time in TDK.
 5 years ago '05        #20
ReppinDaBurghh 55 heat pts55
space
avatar space
space
$53,467 | Props total: 7115 7115
 TH35 said:
To me and I'm sure others it wasn't, hands down. I like Begins more than TDK. As far as action goes they both had the same amount there just wasn't as much people f!ghting at one time in TDK.


So to you, The Dark Knight is the worst of the trilogy?

Home      
  
 

 






most viewed right now
 14
Image(s) inside Dec 15 - China is raising the next generation of African elites by tra..
44 comments
1 day ago
@news
most viewed right now
 13
What's the best punchline you heard this year?
100 comments
22 hours ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 13
Erykah badu shows that fur burger
91 comments
1 day ago
@thotsdimesetc
most viewed right now
 8
Image(s) inside XXXTentacles facing 77 years in jail :niggaomg:
185 comments
1 day ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 8
Image(s) inside Who are these washed up niggas next to Drake?
60 comments
1 day ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 7
Image(s) inside Might let her meet the parents
81 comments
1 day ago
@thotsdimesetc
most viewed right now
 6
Infinity War Countdown - 140 days left: Disney pulls dick out on the entertain..
83 comments
1 day ago
@movies
most viewed right now
 4
50 cent did something to Comedienne Aarona Lopez. She has her friends worried!!!
110 comments
1 day ago
@hiphop
back to top
register contact Follow BX @ Twitter Follow BX @ Facebook search BX privacy