I mean, come on, 'The Joker this' and 'The Joker that'. Even the soundtrack is better on this one.
This surpassed the first two movies in so many ways. Here, we have great villains, we have emotional warmth, depth and humanity. Nolan knew the first two movies were cold and detached. Everything that was missing in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight is here. This is one of the greatest action films I've seen, and by far the best Batman movie. Better because it's more personal, more engaging and much more intense.
As A.D. Jameson points out, this Bat-flick's got about as many joke lines as Batman & Robin but at least Mr. Freeze's ice puns have a place in the context of that garishly obscene universe. Also, kudos for making an audience root for a dude beating up a deformed political prisoner, Nolan.
Better than I remembered, The Dark Knight Rises is still riddled with plot holes, extraneous story lines, and inconsistent tonality; however it's sheer visceral power and a solid emotional core make it an enjoyable Batman experience. Better than Batman Begins, but not as good as The Dark Knight, Batman Returns, or Mask of the Phantasm.
My favorite Batman film hands down, definitely Nolan's best film to date. Yeah, the ticking time bomb has been overused but there seemed to be so much going on that I really didn't mind. One last thing, I kept waiting for Tom Hardy to bust out with a narration of 'A Christmas Carol'.
Gary Oldman quoting A Tale of Two Cities in his speech at Bruce Wayne's funeral while wee see a beautifully filmed Montage of Gotham City(thanks to the genius of Wally Pfister)....seriously I can't ask no more than that in a film...thank you Mr.Nolan! :)
The major problem with Nolan films of Batman is that Nolan doesn't have the guts to make a Batman film believable. He makes everything and everyone so 'Moral' and flat that nothing is credible in the "real world" that he's proposing.
Not exactly the brilliant shock to the system The Dark Knight was, but like any great album The Dark Knight Rises needs a few listens before it all clicks. True, the plot holes and occasional whiff of nonsense prove that Nolan had no intention of coming back and cleaning up the hotel room he masterfully trashed with The Dark Knight. It wasn't a spotless cleanup but at least the smell and the blood stains are gone.
This film will move you, but not always in ways to which you would voluntarily consent, or for reasons you would readily defend. The character back-stories of the two-and-a-half villains--Bane, Miranda Tate, and Catwoman--are lackluster; the only memorable scene is of a tearful Bane shortly before his death. Relationships are arbitrary, Wayne's reappearance a non-sequiter. It compounds anti-climaxes and ends superbly
This had to be the most excited I've ever been for a movie since I can remember, and now that I've seen it three times, I can't describe how disappointed I am in the overall final package. It has plenty of great scenes and themes, but so much of it could have used extra tweaking, or even just sitting down and thinking "Is this good? Should we spend more time thinking this over?"
If someone had incorporated a nice jab into their fighting style Batman would have been killed in the beginning considering all he throws are these wide heavy telegraphed haymakers.
doesn't quite match up to its predecessor but still a worthwhile action packed ride with some interesting surprises....
Something very diabolical about all this, and not in a healthy sense...
2 1/2. Disappointing sequel but it has a few excellent moments and most of the actors are in good form. Pretty poor screenwriting though, one too many potholes and wtf's to really emotionally invest in the film. Hathaway as "Catwoman"/Selena Kyle was the real stand-out performer, worth seeing just for her.
Nolan's worst film and a lackluster ending to a fine rendition of the Batman mythos.
Finally watched it to see what all the fuss is about. It certainly is a major improvement to the mess that was its predecessor. Well made and entertaining, it is nevertheless at its heart just a somewhat cliched overlong production. Seriously, what's wrong with just 90 minutes worth of entertainment?
I agree... way, way, way too long... for me this whole 'Batman-Nolan' trilogy has been vastly overrated. They are average movies for what they are... but let's not deludedly elevate them to cinematic holiness... they are mass market entertainment aimed at the consumer masses... End of...