Jul 202012

Dark Knight Rises’ director Christopher Nolan may know a thing or two about the technique of making movies but he’s has always been a less than inspiring figure when it comes to the artistic elements, the magical amalgam that delivers a soul-stirring movie.

I don’t know about you schmucks but when the lights go out during my movie trips I want to experience at least one of the following emotions:

* I want to feel a thrill up my spine

* I want tears to roll down my face

* I want to be wildly aroused by a femme fatale

* I want actors who can dupe me that it’s all real

* I want to laugh like I’m demented

* I want to be scared as hell

* I want to be moved

* Above all, I want to experience something new

Dark Knight Rises – None of the Above

Sadly, I experienced none of those emotions in The Dark Knight Rises.

Not for a fleeting second.

Truth be said, I’d have been surprised had I experienced any of those desired emotions in any of the Batman sequels.

Because the framework of any Batman sequel is set in stone with wiggle-room left only for the details.

It’s like chronicle of ennui foretold.

Still, Dark Knight (2008) did stir me, and that’s because of Heath Ledger’s nonpareil performance as the Joker.

And what a powerful ace the Joker turned out to be!

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No Joker but a Banal Bane

But there are no redeeming Jokers in Dark Knight Rises.

Au contraire, Bane, the villain this time, is a banal, boring, masked hulk, made worse by speaking incomprehensible gibberish.

Hell, Bane, name notwithstanding, is not even evilly evil with all his pro-people rhetoric and rants.

Dark Knight Rises starts off eight years after the last film ends.

If you’ve seen Dark Knight, you know that Batman takes the fall for the murderous District Attorney Harvey Dent so that Gotham’s shitizens can have a hero to look up to.

Not the hero they deserve but the one they need (as explained in the last minutes of Dark Knight).

With most of the bad and suspected-bad elements locked up under the Dent Act, Gotham City is peaceful under Police Commissioner James Gordon (the familiar Gary Oldman).

Batman and his billionaire alter ego Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) lead secluded, reclusive lives, far from the public eye, with only the faithful butler Alfred (Michael Caine) for company.

But the masked hulk Bane (Tom Hardy) and his thugs force Batman out of extended hibernation with a streak of violent attacks on the stock exchange, the police and the sewer tunnels.

Compounded by populist rhetoric seemingly borrowed from the ‘Occupy Wall Street” crowd to stir up chaos among the citizenry and get them to fall, mob-like, upon the 1%.

If Christopher Nolan’s target is the current unfair American capitalist order, the rhetoric is too effete a strike, even within the contours of a movie. Continue reading »

Jul 162012

Dark Knight Rises Review – Disappointing

It’s not every day that a movie earns a 97%* rating (* keeps fluctuating) on the world’s most second most popular movie review site.

Yes, the early reviews for The Dark Knight Rises are out on Rotten Tomatoes.

And they’re mostly gushing, overflowing with praise.

Unless a meteor strikes the planet between now and Friday, The Dark Knight Rises will likely be the biggest grosser of 2012.

Here are excerpts from a few reviews for The Dark Knight Rises:

* Wall Street Journal

It’s hardly news, but worth repeating, that the filmmaker and his production teammates do breathtaking work: they’re headed by the cinematographer Wally Pfister and the production designers Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh. And it goes without saying that the staggering commercial success of the previous two films will be matched or exceeded by this one….”The Dark Knight Rises” is notable for many things—thrilling chases, supercool vehicles, majestic vistas, an epic scale that hasn’t been achieved since “The Lord of the Rings,” a redemptive climax that brings an end, more or less, to a complex saga. The most stunning thing about the film, though—and this is said not by way of praise, but with anxious wonderment—is how depressing and truly doomy most of it is.

* Rolling Stone

The sheer scope of Nolan’s vision – with emotion and spectacle thundering across the screen – is staggering. The Dark Knight Rises is the King Daddy of summer movie epics.

* Hollywood Reporter

Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish. Entirely enveloping and at times unnerving in a relevant way one would never have imagined, as a cohesive whole this ranks as the best of Nolan’s trio, even if it lacks — how could it not? — an element as unique as Heath Ledger’s immortal turn in The Dark Knight. It’s a blockbuster by any standard.

* Daily Mirror UK

Bleak, black and brilliant.

Now for a critical review:

* Associated Press

“The Dark Knight Rises” is plot-heavy, obsessed with process, laden with expository dialogue and flashbacks that bog down the momentum and _ dare I say it? _ just flat-out boring at times….Nolan’s approach is so coldly cerebral that it’s a detriment to the film’s emotional core. It’s all doom and gloom and no heart. There is no reason to care about these characters, who function more as cogs in an elaborate, chaotic machine than as real people whose souls are at stake.

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Jul 112012

Dark Knight Rises Review – Disappointing

With just 10-days to go for the release of Dark Knight Rises in the U.S., the publicity machine for the newest film in the Batman series is in full gear.

This morning as I was walking around Midtown Manhattan my eyes repeatedly fell upon huge posters and ads for the film.

They’re all over the place.

Billboards in Times Square, on buses and where not.

And why not?

After all, the Batman films are set in Gotham City (a fictional stand-in for New York City).

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By the way, the Wiki profile of the film mentions that some pieces of Dark Knight Rises were shot in Jodhpur, which in case you schmucks didn’t know, is part of Mera Bharat Mahaan.

Bet you didn’t know Batman’s connection to Jodhpur!

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Christopher Nolan directed Dark Knight Rises, which features Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and my eternal favorites Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

The last Batman film, Dark Knight, came out in July 2008 (after Heath Ledger’s untimely death).

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