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View Poll Results: How do you rate "The Dark Knight Rises"?
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Old July 10 2012, 12:37 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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Old July 10 2012, 04:58 AM   #2
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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.
At least you only have to wait 10 more days. I have to wait 18 more days!
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Old July 10 2012, 05:18 AM   #3
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Dan, my great friend, it's hard to believe it's been seven bloody years since Batman Begins came out. I remember reading the script after you sent it to me and being genuinely impressed by it. I recall thinking that no live action Batman movie could possibly be that friggin' good.

I was wrong.

That being said... its hard to believe it's already over. From the looks of things they're going out with a big bang. Tonight... I watch Batman Begins and The Dark Knight on Blu-ray and look back on good times.

And look forward to one more great time at the movies next week. It's been a fun journey, Dan.
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Old July 10 2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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I can't believe it's been four years. I've been looking forward to this since I stepped out of the theatre after The Dark Knight in 2008.

Here's a quote I found...

"I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy's sake, and that's the case with everything in Christopher Nolan's Gotham City." - Anne Hathaway on her Catwoman costume.



I think the goggles that lift up to coinidentally look like cat ears is genius. I've tried to figure out how they'd do a more grounded Catwoman costume and couldn't come up with anything. I think it would have been better though if they gave her a full head piece along with those lift-up goggles instead of a face mask and lift-up goggles.
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Old July 16 2012, 08:10 AM   #5
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The wait is finally almost over. We've reached "The Dark Knight Rises" week!!! Can hardly wait. Listened to the score so many times already! I probably won't be seeing it until Friday or Saturday, but most likely on the weekend.
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Old July 16 2012, 12:40 PM   #6
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48 hours to go here in New Zealand. Might be time to buy a ticket!
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Old July 17 2012, 01:42 AM   #7
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Official reviews are coming out as the embargo has been lifted, people will be seeing screenings and midnight showings here in a couple of days I think it's time to let this thread roll and to lock down the anticipation thread.
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Old July 17 2012, 02:07 AM   #8
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Old July 17 2012, 03:24 AM   #9
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You know for a very long time fans have wanted the superhero genre treated with some measure of respectability. It came eventually in fits and starts over the years. The '78 Superman was pretty much the first step and to date is possibly the best overall treatment of Supes for the big screen. Unfortunately aspects of that film now come across as quite dated yet even so it's still better than what followed to this day for Superman as live-action.

The '89 Batman was the next step for respectability, but sadly things faltered badly after that.

It wouldn't be until the early 2000s for the next major try for respectability with The X-Men and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. With those it felt like the genre had finally hit the mark. If done well and with a good measure of respect for the subject matter than the superhero genre could pay off, and big.

Since then it's been a near steady parade of superhero films, each trying to top the previous effort in some way or other. Yeah, it's been hit-and-miss, but generally we really haven't had too much to complain about. The Avengers is (presently) the culmination of the superhero genre. But...if you really think it about even that film shares an element with everything that preceded it: a tongue-in-cheek mentality that never really forgets it's all in fun. And there's nothing wrong with that.

But mixed within this parade of superhero flicks Chris Nolan decided to take it up a notch or two and treat the genre really seriously. His Batman trilogy has its lighter moments, but in general Nolan is out to make a different impression. He took arguably the most credible and among the most iconic of superheroes and treated it as (mostly) real as he could do it. Nolan wanted to play with ideas generally beyond the genre and ask questions and invite the audience to think after the action was done with. His aim seemed to be to leave a distinct impression beyond, "That was fun! What's next?

Essentially Nolan seems to have wanted to fashion a film experience that could work for the mainstream as well as the superhero genre. And with his first two Batman films I think he did that. Now it's looking like TDKR seals the deal. Nolan's trilogy has put the superhero genre on a whole other level than everything that's preceded it. It just might have crossed over into mainstream drama.

Other superhero films can be quite good and a helluva lotta fun, resonating with what we love in superhero comics. But Nolan has finally brought that measure of respectability to the genre many fans have hoped for for so long.

His certainly isn't the only way to do superheroes satisfactorily, but then he's chosen to play in a different sandbox.

I am really looking forward to seeing The Dark Knight Rises.
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Old July 17 2012, 03:29 AM   #10
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I read a couple of negative reviews and they really do not put me off of the movie at all except for one thing:

I will put it here in a spoiler box because I don't want to ruffle any feathers and would rather play it safe. The spoiler is not about the plot

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Old July 17 2012, 05:41 AM   #11
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I was hoping to remain spoiler free until Thursday night but I caught another clip during a Morgan Freeman interview. It hinted at Bruce's condition. I hope that's the last bit of spoiler info I get.
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Old July 18 2012, 03:20 AM   #12
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Ebert's review.

Keep in mind he gave four stars to each of the other two films
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Old July 18 2012, 03:39 AM   #13
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Ebert's review was by no means negative. He just wasn't masturbating to it. It sounds like he pretty much enjoyed it. Especially the second half.
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Ha! I'm putting that on my facebook.
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