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The Dark Knight Rises (HOW F&#*ING AWESOME WAS THAT?)

ImageAs it is in my civic duty, I took it upon myself to watch The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) midnight premier so I could get the early scoop on whether those “critics” who panned the movie were true rebels standing up for what they feel is the truth, or just people who are completely full of shit and wouldn’t know a good movie if it bit them in ball sack.

After thorough observation, I can safely say, those two critics are fucking morons. The movie was excellent. I agree that it did miss Heath Ledger’s breathtaking performance as the Joker, but Tom Hardy was no slouch as Bane, and the casting of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle completely passed my expectations. She nailed the part of this unique, Chris Nolan-version Catwoman. Of course, Nolan stuck to her roots as an anti-hero whose allegiances you’re never completely sure of.

Most importantly, Christian Bale had a superb performance as the anguished Bruce Wayne, something that he didn’t really get a chance to do in TDK (the movie should of been called “The Joker…and Batman”). Nolan gave him a more Batman-centric story and Bale ran with it. Bale also had to be happy (light spoiler alert) that he got to kiss someone other than Maggie Gyllenhall (ugh…).

Tom Hardy was incredibly threatening and menacing as Bane. Supporting an incredibly stocky (don’t confuse this for chiseled) physique, he truly looked the part of an overpowering beast who can impose this will whenever he desires. His accent was a bit odd and indistinguishable (likely something Nolan wanted) and at times he was hard to understand, but with a villain like Bane, his actions speak much louder than his words.

The big question I had going into the movie was who is this John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and why is he so important? The trailers had featured him quite often, making his significance to the film obvious. And also, how would he do? We learned early on how he’d become important, but not until the very end did we find out HOW important (and coincidentally may’ve opened a can of worms). As far his performance, he did what his part asked for, which was play a completely moral, if not one-dimensional, cop and a sidekick to Commissioner Gordon and Batman.

The story of TDKR itself was the strongest of the trilogy in my performance. Also having a run time of 2:45-ish, the movie pulls you in from the beginning and never lets go. It doesn’t plod along, nor is it rushed. It had a nice, consistent rhythm with nice balance of story and action. And it’s not nearly as backloaded as The Avengers (there is actually some talking in the last 20 minutes). The special effects were amazing, the world Nolan creates in authentic and real, like the first two, and the whole film is an amazing experience from beginning to end.

In an effort to keep myself from accidentally spoiling the movie for people who haven’t seen it yet, I’ll finish up here. But just know this movie is spectacular and rivals TDK as the best comic/superhero movie ever made. Completely awesome. And as always, I apologize if this entry is a piece of shit…I’m quite hungover at the moment.

Mike

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