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Old July 10 2012, 01:37 AM   #1
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"The Dark Knight Rises" Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)

"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."

Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy is nearly upon us.

Early press screenings have already happened and the buzz so far is overwhelmingly positive. Geoff Boucher of the L.A. Times has already seen the film and had this to say, "The third act of the third film delivers a series of jolting twists and jarring turns and an exclamation point climax. Nolan’s finale takes Batman and his on-screen mythology to a place it has never been before."

You can read more about the early screenings here. The link compiled some of the first reaction thoughts to the film:

"Wow quite speechless at the moment … It was everything I wanted it to be. Some fans will find certain aspects controversial, but in my eyes everything in the film fit the overall scheme of this instalment and the series in general, and Nolan really couldn't have made it any more epic."
"I think Bale gives his best performance as Batman and as Bruce Wayne in this one. He was terrific. And I especially loved his bat voice this time around."
"As far as audience reaction, there were only 40-50 ppl in attendance (mostly critics), but there was applause and I leaned over and shook Michael Uslan's hand and congratulated him when his name appeared in the credits. I, myself, cried twice...once out of sadness and once out of pure geeky uncontrollable happiness. "
Another article expounds on the early screenings and how the audience gave the film a standing ovation. Here are more thoughts:

"The trilogy is greater than the sum of its parts, and for me the 3rd was the very best part of the whole story. [Dark Knight Rises] is a classic in its own right - it stands alone, but in this trilogy, and as a closer, this film exceeds."
Adding a retrospective twist to the proceedings, I have written two pieces on my blog, taking a trip down memory lane and reminsicing about being an eager fan waiting for the previous two installments: here's Waiting for Batman, all about the buildup to Batman Begins, and Before The Dawn, an account of how I followed the production of The Dark Knight while it filmed in my own city of Chicago.

As July 20th nears closer, I'll add more reviews and first impressions. Suffice to say, the next two weeks should be exciting if not a little unbearable for some of us. One or two more than others.
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