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View Poll Results: How do you rate "The Dark Knight Rises"?
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Good 61 24.21%
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Old July 21 2012, 10:58 PM   #166
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Re: "The Dark Knight Rises" Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)

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I was actually shocked that Miranda was working with Bane.
I've heard more than one person say this.

I'm actually amazed some people remained unspoiled on this point. I actually didn't read the hidden spoiler portions of the relevant posts, but I could tell what had happened just from the flavor of people's reactions.

I thought that this was kind of an "open secret" about the film, but then again I probably don't do enough to avoid spoilers.

I was caught off-guard by it, too. Batman's reaction in that scene is just heartbreaking to watch, too. Between the stabbing and the betrayal, you can just see the double dose of pain in his face.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:06 PM   #167
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OK, so they are all there at the cafe. That's cool, a happy ending, anyway. I just didn't catch the part about him escaping with the plane-thing on autopilot.
I think I heard a gasp from someone in the theater when Alfred returned to the cafe, before Bruce and Selina were even spotted, apparently because the person making that noise could see where things were going just by Alfred showing up there. But that gasp could've happened in the previous scene where it was revealed that the autopilot had actually been operational. At that point we pretty much knew that David Letterman had been joking.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:08 PM   #168
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I just got back from DKR rising not five minutes ago. I'm still trying to organize my thoughts but I'll try to sum it up with: The Dark Knight Sucking would have been a better title for it.

What an unfocused, bloated mess. It was like Christopher Nolan had two ideas for Batman sequels and decided to mash them together ala Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.

The first sequel was about the public ruination of Batman's image and the economic and social decline of Bruce Wayne.

The second sequel was Knightfall in No Man's Land. The second sequel was much more satisfying.

I hate to say it but all the problems I had with The Dark Knight have returned in Rises but tenfold. Much of the first hour was like the Lau abduction in TDK. Deleted scene material that should have never made it out of writing much less into multiplexes.

Just as badly Chris Nolan has lost all sense of subtlety. I had perfectly dry eyes at the end of the movie because Nolan gave it all away in the first hour. Alfred's little speech about Fernet Branca gave away the end of the movie. So did Catwoman's wanting to erase her identity. I know where I'd find them at the end of the movie and that made me sad.

I think both Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman were wasted. Caine left too early and Freeman had nothing to do. Damn shame.

I'm not even going to mention the naivety of the Dent Act or the stupidity of every cop in Gotham being underground for three months. Moronic plotting, those. Besides others have gone over what's so stupid about those plot points much better than I ever could, so why bother?

Of course I'm not down on everything. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman just blew me away. Every fear I had about her performance went unrealized and I have to say that she is now my all time favorite version of Selina Kyle EVER to grace the screen. Sexy, sweet and deadly. That's my Selina, MEE-OW!

Joseph Gordon Levitt was a youthful breath of fresh air in otherwise stale proceedings. The fact is I preferred Levitt to Christian Bale. He had the energy to keep the movie going during the slow scenes and goddammit he did!

I thought the end montage was terrific and Hans Zimmer treated us to an emotional smorgasbord of a score!

At the end of the day I'd have to say that The Dark Knight Rises has a lot of really good scenes but a piss poor structure holding it together. The whole is much, much less than the sum of it's parts. Unfortunately it is the Spider-Man 3 of Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy.

My final score: 5/10. Sorry, Chris.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:10 PM   #169
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I do think Nolan probably made Bane a little TOO tough and unstoppable though. Despite his size, we should still have seen Batman doing more damage than he did, with the armor he was wearing and the powerful punches he was throwing.

The movie basically made it look like he was fighting Hulk or Superman or something, which seems a bit far-fetched.
This is actually how Bane is supposed to be... he basically is a hulk. .
Untrue. Bane was envisioned by Chuck Dixon's as an evil Doc Savage.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:15 PM   #170
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I just got back from DKR rising not five minutes ago. I'm still trying to organize my thoughts but I'll try to sum it up with: The Dark Knight Sucking would have been a better title for it.

What an unfocused, bloated mess. It was like Christopher Nolan had two ideas for Batman sequels and decided to mash them together ala Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.

The first sequel was about the public ruination of Batman's image and the economic and social decline of Bruce Wayne.

The second sequel was Knightfall in No Man's Land. The second sequel was much more satisfying.

I hate to say it but all the problems I had with The Dark Knight have returned in Rises but tenfold. Much of the first hour was like the Lau abduction in TDK. Deleted scene material that should have never made it out of writing much less into multiplexes.

Just as badly Chris Nolan has lost all sense of subtlety. I had perfectly dry eyes at the end of the movie because Nolan gave it all away in the first hour. Alfred's little speech about Fernet Branca gave away the end of the movie. So did Catwoman's wanting to erase her identity. I know where I'd find them at the end of the movie and that made me sad.

I think both Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman were wasted. Caine left too early and Freeman had nothing to do. Damn shame.

I'm not even going to mention the naivety of the Dent Act or the stupidity of every cop in Gotham being underground for three months. Moronic plotting, those. Besides others have gone over what's so stupid about those plot points much better than I ever could, so why bother?

Of course I'm not down on everything. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman just blew me away. Every fear I had about her performance went unrealized and I have to say that she is now my all time favorite version of Selina Kyle EVER to grace the screen. Sexy, sweet and deadly. That's my Selina, MEE-OW!

Joseph Gordon Levitt was a youthful breath of fresh air in otherwise stale proceedings. The fact is I preferred Levitt to Christian Bale. He had the energy to keep the movie going during the slow scenes and goddammit he did!

I thought the end montage was terrific and Hans Zimmer treated us to an emotional smorgasbord of a score!

At the end of the day I'd have to say that The Dark Knight Rises has a lot of really good scenes but a piss poor structure holding it together. The whole is much, much less than the sum of it's parts. Unfortunately it is the Spider-Man 3 of Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy.

My final score: 5/10. Sorry, Chris.
You bring up alot of good points, but it just doesn't bring it down for me like it did you.
I loved the story, i loved the finale.
I loved all the little character arcs we got, and how this felt like the most "comic booky" of the three films.
Not as good as TDK, but definitely a good solid film. In no way is this the Spiderman 3 of the batman films. Not even close.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:24 PM   #171
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I just got back from DKR rising not five minutes ago. I'm still trying to organize my thoughts but I'll try to sum it up with: The Dark Knight Sucking would have been a better title for it.

What an unfocused, bloated mess. It was like Christopher Nolan had two ideas for Batman sequels and decided to mash them together ala Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.

The first sequel was about the public ruination of Batman's image and the economic and social decline of Bruce Wayne.

The second sequel was Knightfall in No Man's Land. The second sequel was much more satisfying.

I hate to say it but all the problems I had with The Dark Knight have returned in Rises but tenfold. Much of the first hour was like the Lau abduction in TDK. Deleted scene material that should have never made it out of writing much less into multiplexes.

Just as badly Chris Nolan has lost all sense of subtlety. I had perfectly dry eyes at the end of the movie because Nolan gave it all away in the first hour. Alfred's little speech about Fernet Branca gave away the end of the movie. So did Catwoman's wanting to erase her identity. I know where I'd find them at the end of the movie and that made me sad.

I think both Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman were wasted. Caine left too early and Freeman had nothing to do. Damn shame.

I'm not even going to mention the naivety of the Dent Act or the stupidity of every cop in Gotham being underground for three months. Moronic plotting, those. Besides others have gone over what's so stupid about those plot points much better than I ever could, so why bother?

Of course I'm not down on everything. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman just blew me away. Every fear I had about her performance went unrealized and I have to say that she is now my all time favorite version of Selina Kyle EVER to grace the screen. Sexy, sweet and deadly. That's my Selina, MEE-OW!

Joseph Gordon Levitt was a youthful breath of fresh air in otherwise stale proceedings. The fact is I preferred Levitt to Christian Bale. He had the energy to keep the movie going during the slow scenes and goddammit he did!

I thought the end montage was terrific and Hans Zimmer treated us to an emotional smorgasbord of a score!

At the end of the day I'd have to say that The Dark Knight Rises has a lot of really good scenes but a piss poor structure holding it together. The whole is much, much less than the sum of it's parts. Unfortunately it is the Spider-Man 3 of Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy.

My final score: 5/10. Sorry, Chris.
You bring up alot of good points, but it just doesn't bring it down for me like it did you.
I loved the story, i loved the finale.
I loved all the little character arcs we got, and how this felt like the most "comic booky" of the three films.
Not as good as TDK, but definitely a good solid film. In no way is this the Spiderman 3 of the batman films. Not even close.

That's cool. I don't agree, but that's cool.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:39 PM   #172
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I wasn't blown away by The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne's medical condition was ignored and I have to agree he should've relied more on his gadgets to take out Bane. And as for Bane for much of the movie he's a mastermind then he turned into a mere henchman and was in the end easily taken out by Selina Kyle. Also the next myor of Gotham will have a huge job of rebuilding the city.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:43 PM   #173
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It seems to be just me in this thread. Pfieffer's Catwoman, like Batman Returns generally, is something I often feel largely alone on the TrekBBS in liking (and liking far better than the Burton's first movie)..
I too thought Pfieffer's Catwoman was outstanding. I get what Burton was thinking with his Penguin, but I always felt the two characters didn't really mesh well. Two very different types of insanity that started in different places and went off in different directions. Each one was interesting, but watching it I felt like the movie lacked Gestalt. It was as shattered as their psyches. I think I would have rather each had their own movie, and with different supporting villians.
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Old July 21 2012, 11:43 PM   #174
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I wasn't blown away by The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne's medical condition was ignored and I ahve to agree he should've relied more on his gadgets to take out Bane. And as for Bane for much of the movie he's a mastermind then he turned into a mere henchman and was in the end easily taken out by Selina Kyle. Also the next myor of Gotham will have a huge job of rebuilding the city.

Agreed on all points, especially the last one. How many mayoral candidates have a ready made platform to run with?
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Old July 21 2012, 11:58 PM   #175
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I just got back from DKR rising not five minutes ago. I'm still trying to organize my thoughts but I'll try to sum it up with: The Dark Knight Sucking would have been a better title for it.

What an unfocused, bloated mess. It was like Christopher Nolan had two ideas for Batman sequels and decided to mash them together ala Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.

The first sequel was about the public ruination of Batman's image and the economic and social decline of Bruce Wayne.

The second sequel was Knightfall in No Man's Land. The second sequel was much more satisfying.

I hate to say it but all the problems I had with The Dark Knight have returned in Rises but tenfold. Much of the first hour was like the Lau abduction in TDK. Deleted scene material that should have never made it out of writing much less into multiplexes.

Just as badly Chris Nolan has lost all sense of subtlety. I had perfectly dry eyes at the end of the movie because Nolan gave it all away in the first hour. Alfred's little speech about Fernet Branca gave away the end of the movie. So did Catwoman's wanting to erase her identity. I know where I'd find them at the end of the movie and that made me sad.

I think both Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman were wasted. Caine left too early and Freeman had nothing to do. Damn shame.

I'm not even going to mention the naivety of the Dent Act or the stupidity of every cop in Gotham being underground for three months. Moronic plotting, those. Besides others have gone over what's so stupid about those plot points much better than I ever could, so why bother?

Of course I'm not down on everything. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman just blew me away. Every fear I had about her performance went unrealized and I have to say that she is now my all time favorite version of Selina Kyle EVER to grace the screen. Sexy, sweet and deadly. That's my Selina, MEE-OW!

Joseph Gordon Levitt was a youthful breath of fresh air in otherwise stale proceedings. The fact is I preferred Levitt to Christian Bale. He had the energy to keep the movie going during the slow scenes and goddammit he did!

I thought the end montage was terrific and Hans Zimmer treated us to an emotional smorgasbord of a score!

At the end of the day I'd have to say that The Dark Knight Rises has a lot of really good scenes but a piss poor structure holding it together. The whole is much, much less than the sum of it's parts. Unfortunately it is the Spider-Man 3 of Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy.

My final score: 5/10. Sorry, Chris.
You bring up alot of good points, but it just doesn't bring it down for me like it did you.
I loved the story, i loved the finale.
I loved all the little character arcs we got, and how this felt like the most "comic booky" of the three films.
Not as good as TDK, but definitely a good solid film. In no way is this the Spiderman 3 of the batman films. Not even close.

That's cool. I don't agree, but that's cool.
You two are frickin' ridiculous.

This is the Internet, dammit. If you disagree with someone, you call them names!

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Old July 22 2012, 12:04 AM   #176
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Old July 22 2012, 12:07 AM   #177
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It seems to be just me in this thread. Pfieffer's Catwoman, like Batman Returns generally, is something I often feel largely alone on the TrekBBS in liking (and liking far better than the Burton's first movie).
You're not alone Kegg, a lot of people seem to really like Pfieffer's Catwoman. Even Hathaway herself thinks she's pretty iconic. And like JD, I didn't know she was so popular until a few days ago.
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Old July 22 2012, 12:09 AM   #178
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You bring up alot of good points, but it just doesn't bring it down for me like it did you.
I loved the story, i loved the finale.
I loved all the little character arcs we got, and how this felt like the most "comic booky" of the three films.
Not as good as TDK, but definitely a good solid film. In no way is this the Spiderman 3 of the batman films. Not even close.

That's cool. I don't agree, but that's cool.
You two are frickin' ridiculous.

This is the Internet, dammit. If you disagree with someone, you call them names!

LMFAO! Sorry, but i don't get into little internet squabbles. lol I know not everyone is going to like the same thing. It's what makes life so fun. We all find and like or dislike different things out of stuff.
I will say though, after all the seriousness of the last 3 batman movies, i do hope the next guys to come along, to restart the franchise bring a sense of adventure and fun back to the films. Not to the extreme of Batman and Robin, but the kind of fun that was there with the Avengers.
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Old July 22 2012, 12:09 AM   #179
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Is Bane diminished as a villain because he's working for Talia at the end and not leading his own agenda?
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Old July 22 2012, 12:11 AM   #180
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What an unfocused, bloated mess. It was like Christopher Nolan had two ideas for Batman sequels and decided to mash them together ala Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.
So glad I'm not the only one who felt that way. I was actually going to make the same comparison to Spidey 3, but I figured I'd lose all credibility with people. Lol


But yeah, I just don't understand the love this movie is getting at all. It's got even more contrivances than Prometheus did, and nothing about the story makes any sense.


Bane wants the people to rise up and take back the city from the rich... but he's going to blow it up anyway? So what's the point?
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