I would like to say that my thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected in Aurora, Colorado.
I’m still not sure what motivates an individual to commit such heinous crimes, but I do know the difference between the fiction we see on screen and the reality that we live in.
Film is supposed to be an escape. We watch and suspend our reality for the sake of storytelling and entertainment. Done properly, film is art with a cathartic effect, and help us shape the way we look at the world.
We are each meant to interpret the information we see. My hope is we use that information to make the world a better place for all of us.
There are a lot of moving parts in the third chapter of Director Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman franchise. I found they fit together well, although I saw several repetitive film ideas come into play.
The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after The Batman (Christian Bale) takes the blame for Harvey Dent’s crimes. Now, a ruthless thug named Bane has ambitions to destroy Gotham City with a nuclear weapon. Batman has to come out of retirement to fight the baddies again.
Bane (Tom Hardy) is an especially well played bad guy because of seemingly present sense of wanton destruction. Because of a partial mask, you only see a portion of his face. The distraction only increased my fear of him as the film went on.
There are at least five subplots running alongside teach other: 1. Will Batman return. 2. Will Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) do the right thing? 3. Who is Officer Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 4. What’s with the nuclear power thingy. 5. Why is Alfred crying so much. They go on and on.
Paying attention pays off for this one. Paying attention to Anne Hathaway really pays off.
I enjoy all the darkness from Nolan. Not just the story, but the setting, mood and lighting are all dark. A brilliant use of strobe effect in the dark I especially liked as Batman advances on a bad guy in the sewers under the city. It’s well done action.
The symbolic theme of leadership and responsibility pop back up again. Revealed as Batman, Bruce Wayne has to explain to Officer Blake his reasons for becoming a caped crusader. It’s been a while. The symbol of justice, the any-man nature of the mask, the hope for our future. It’s great superhero material., but it also adds to the really long 2h 45min run time.
If any of these plot points sound familiar, that’s because they are in every movie ever made. Will the hero return? Will those sitting on the fence choose the right side? Are things darkest before the light? You know the answers. It’s just whether you’re surprised when they happen.
For The Dark Knight Rises. I was surprised 75% of the time. While I don’t think this is the greater film of the trilogy, I will say I was left wanting more.