Come on. You know you want to. Let's talk about The Dark Knight Rises. And let's get spoilery. Let this be a warning to everyone! After the break we will be dropping spoilers everywhere! If you don't want any part of said spoilers, bail out now!
Okay, now that we're free to talk, let's talk! What did you all think of The Dark Knight Rises?
Despite being a grumpy Nolan-basher I... rather enjoyed the movie. Surprisingly. It felt like a well-made, serious comic book movie that barreled along quite nicely despite feeling a little bit bloated at times. I enjoyed Tom Hardy as Bane, and enjoyed the character. Some criticise Bale's version of Batman, but I loved the fact that Bruce Wayne felt older, broken down and at the end of his tether. It really sold the whole movie.
(Sorry, there's a but...)
I did have a little bit of a problem with the movie from a number of perspectives. I think this article does a decent job of explaining it, but the more I think about The Dark Knight, the more the whole politics of the story seems like a mismash, something Nolan clearly started out wanting to discuss, but then decided to forget about in favour of a 'everyone we have to stop the bomb!' final act.
It's harsh — because clearly The Dark Knight Rises is still a cut above most superhero movies — but after how precise and well made The Dark Knight was, Rises just feels a little less considered. I loved the idea of bringing in the whole Occupy Wall Street style class warfare, but the whole meaning of it just got lost as the movie continued. Bane started out as a class warrior and ended up as a glorified bodyguard taken out ridiculously easily by Catwoman. Blergh.
Also — as someone who loves climbing — there's no way Batman couldn't have climbed up that wall first time. It was super easy! Juggy holds everywhere! COME ON MAN!
Anyway, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises. Not the barnstorming conclusion I think most wanted for the series, but consistent enough.