The most anticipated movie of the summer doesn’t disappoint. The scope of The Avengers was pretty incredible but somehow, the massiveness of TDKR feels even more impressive. It doesn’t enter other dimensions like the hugely enjoyable Marvel film did. Instead it utilizes real human people and very little computer animation. It grounds the loud, comic-book action with real fire and explosions making each set piece stronger than it might have been if handled differently.
On the flip side, the direction was pretty disjointed and the editing sloppy at times. It’s something you might not be likely to hear about because at the end of the day it feels inconsequential. The movie is a big ol’ blast that covers a lot of ground and gives us some great surprises along with some fully satisfying not-so-surprises. The call-backs to Batman Begins are different and exciting enough to not feel like re-treads of covered ground and it all moves along at a swift enough pace (not unlike The Dark Knight) so that we don’t even really notice when the story isn’t quite fluid.
Is The Dark Knight Rises the movie we need? Or the movie we deserve? Nolan has said this will be his last Batman film but he has created something here that really warrants continuation. What I want, is another one.
the rumor mill is saying Joseph Gordon Levitt may be playing gangster Alberto Falcone in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. This makes sense to me. He’ll be the son of Tom Wilkinson’s character, Carmine, in Batman Begins and will most likely have some connection to Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) as he apparently does in the comics.