‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Movie Reviews Are Starting To Show Up

by on July 16, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Dark Knight Rises - Bale as Bruce Wayne aka BatmanMovie reviews for The Dark Knight Rises have started spooling out onto the web and as expected, they seem to be mostly all glowing reviews…  One of the more common criticisms across the board seems to refer to the IMAX scenes and the transitions to and from them.  And that though this is an awesome movie, it’s not quite as good as the previous one, The Dark Knight.

As expected, the praise is glowing and most reviews are pretty wordy and if you’re looking to go into the movie cold, some of them give more away than I would have liked to have read.  So be warned.  I tried to keep this as bland and detail-lacking as possible!

Let’s see some sample notes…

“Running an exhilarating, exhausting 164 minutes, Nolan’s trilogy-capping epic sends Batman to a literal pit of despair, restoring him to the core of a legend that questions, and powerfully affirms, the need for heroism in a fallen world.”

variety

“A truly grand finale raises Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy to the peak of big-screen comic book adaptations…

Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish…

this ranks as the best of Nolan’s trio”

hollywoodreporter.

“Boasting scenes where all three main characters are together in masks and costumes, The Dark Knight Rises is certainly the most comic book-y of Nolan’s three Batman films. It’s also the most epic and lengthy one, and has the greatest inherent stakes and emotion.

Bale gives his finest performance yet in the role….

Catwoman is a magnetic presence whenever she’s onscreen and she has great chemistry with Bale…

Bane is a force of nature. Muscle-bound and remorseless, his character recalls his comic book counterpart enough to overlook the most obvious…

…there are enough brawls, chases, and stuff going boom to satisfy hungry action fans”

ign

Tom Hardy as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises' DKR

Rather than drawing from the comics, Nolan instills real world issues into his Gotham City with a conflict that forays into corporal punishment, the stock exchange and ideas for sustainable energy…

Trying to pile so many ideas into the first hour leads to an incredibly convoluted plot set-up that’s all over the place as it introduces new characters…

Tom Hardy’s Bane is a far more developed concept, a violent beast of a man with brains to match his physicality, certainly worthy of the Batman movie universe…

Anne Hathaway plays one of the more alluring Catwomen since Julie Newmar…

While it allows for some great panoramic establishing shots that take full advantage of the larger IMAX screens, some of the decision on when to switch to IMAX footage isn’t particularly consistent and some of the earlier non-vehicle-related fight scenes certainly don’t benefit from the larger format.

The Bottom Line:
The story isn’t quite as solid as “The Dark Knight” and the main villains aren’t quite as memorable, but having a director with such a strong vision and conviction to fulfill it makes Nolan’s Batman finale pay off

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The technical side of things is sharper than ever before, and if this really is the last film that Wally Pfister shoots, he’s going out in style…

There are some logic issues I have with parts of the film…

We may never see superhero films quite like these again, and that’s fine.  Nolan had something special to say with his time in the trenches, and he’s ended on his own terms…

hitfix

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

“The Dark Knight Rises” feels like the superego to its competition’s id. An action opus that manages to be both viscerally and intellectually engaging…

delivers everything audiences could ask for and then some, albeit in fewer of the ways than they might expect…

In terms of the film’s devotion to canon…, fans should be more than satisfied by Nolan’s treatment of familiar…

Bane is a different sort of villain – a focused and more ideologically-developed version of Heath Ledger’s anarchist – but one with equally ruthless charm…

indiewire

I guess The Dark Knight Rises meets the mettle of many.. with these being the early reviews and thousands more coming as the opening weekend approaches.  Mine included, though I’m going to do my best to keep it terse and to the point.

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