Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Dark Knight Rises (mild spoilers)

I've been feeling sick all day so instead of getting a nice, tidy post you're going to get a stream of my conscious thoughts.
It took me way too long to get this joke.

I saw Dark Knight Rises on Saturday! Who else did? Were any of you worried about going, because of the shooting? My sister was...she was planning our escape routes as soon as we got into the theater, just in case anything happened. It was quite unnerving, watching the movie and thinking about the people who died watching the very same thing.


I think the shooting that occurred is horrible, and I can't believe that someone would do such a thing. I'm keeping everyone affected by this tradegy in my thoughts and prayers.

ANYWAY, onto my random musings about the movie. I'm not saying anything too explicit, but I still put a mild spoiler warning up in my post title just in case.

  • How come Batman has a normal (well, semi-normal) voice in the first movie, but in the second and third he has to sound like he's either a chain smoker or he's just swallowed a bottle of Listerine?
  • Speaking of weird voices, good luck understanding the voice of the main villain, Bane. He sounds like this tribal guy from the Simpsons.
  • If you've only seen the second movie in the trilogy, be sure to watch the first before you see The Dark Knight Rises. There's a lot of references to the first movie that you won't understand (like I didn't). Christopher Nolan said that these movies can stand alone, but the third one proves that they definitely can't. 
  • My dad didn't know this was a  new Batman movie. He thought they were just reshowing The Dark Knight in the theaters. That's what you get, Warner Brothers, when you have a sequel's title that sounds almost exactly like the previous movie's title.
  • The newcomers, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Joseph Gorden Levitt as a cop, are both great in their roles. They fit into the movie in a way that you feel like they're not A-list actors...they're just the characters you see before you.
  • Don't expect the constant action of The Dark Knight. The movie slows down a lot about halfway through the film. It's a nice pause and is the perfect time for you to take a bathroom break.
  • The movie has the same political and terrorism undertones as the previous film, but in a different way. I don't want to give anything away, so I will say that this seemed more like a superhero film than The Dark Knight, rather than an Academy-Award contender. It focuses on how the special effects impact the audience, rather than emotions. You're no longer freaked out by the Joker and his creepy mannerisms...you're scared by the realism of the exploding buildings on the screen.
Anybody seen the movie yet? What did you think of it? I still don't know which I like better...The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises. I might have to see both films again to compare them!

12 comments:

  1. Saw it and loved it! I didn't believe that it could be as good (or better) than The Dark Knight but it was definitely right up there!

    I also felt pretty strange when it first started because I was thinking about the shooting.

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    1. I felt the same way! I don't know if I'd rate it as good as The Dark Knight, better than it, or worse. They're on the same level for me.

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  2. I haven't seen it yet, but when I do, it will be a little weird thinking that people died watching it. I just heard about it over the weekend and I think it is absolutely terrible. What a terrible world we live in to know we have killers among us and we probably walk alongside some of them at one point or other in our lives.

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    1. I agree. And for them to ruin something so special like a midnight movie premiere--it's absolutely horrible. The people who were killed didn't do anything wrong at all: they just wanted to see a movie. That's it.

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  3. I saw it yesterday. I liked it- but not as much as I liked the Dark Knight though. I was getting antsy towards the end though, but that's because it is like 3 hours long.

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    1. I agree, it was a little too long. They could've cut out a few scenes or made some fighting scenes shorter, in my opinion. Still, I enjoyed it :)

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  4. I'm really looking forward to see it... I loved the other two!

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    1. You definitely have to go see it, especially if you loved the other two. It brings up a lot of things from the previous movies.

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  5. just discovered your blog and I love it!
    I'm your newest follower - hope you can check mine out as well! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and following! Going to check out yours now and follow you back :)

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  6. Stopping by to say hi from the GFC blog hop last week. So glad to meet you! Looking forward to following your blog. I just saw the Dark Knight Rises last night and I was thinking about the same thing. I kept imagining what it must have been like to just be watching the movie, completely unaware, and the things on the screen come to life in the room you are in. Praying for those families. Hope you are having a great start to the week!

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    1. Hello! I'm looking forward to following your blog as well. I couldn't stop thinking about the people who died while I was watching it too. The worst part was knowing that the shooter came in during a shoot-up scene 20 minutes into the movie...I looked at my watch after 20 minutes or so and realized that the scene I was watching was the last scene some of those people got to see.

      Hope you're having a great start to the week too :)

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