The Dark Knight Rises: Compendium

batman pit, tdkr pit

First, a couple of parodies to get you in the mood.

Next, opening lines from a review I liked:

“In order to fully appreciate The Dark Knight Rises, it might be a good idea to refresh your memory of Batman Begins, given that key plot points and characters from the 2005 film are referenced in Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in the Batman trilogy. Oh, and one more thing – it would also help if you had no memory of The Dark Knight, Nolan’s 2008 sequel”

Next, the customary spoiler-beware kerfuffle (which incidentally is also your word of the day).

Next, let’s get down to whatever it is that I have to say.

One delightful feeling you never tire of is seeing a familiar face pop up unexpectedly in an unfamiliar surrounding. Yes, I’m indeed referring to Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger, and the opening scene of the movie.  I don’t know if it was intentional or if he came through the casting agency, but “having stars from popular TV shows making a cameo appearance” becoming a mainstream thing would be a welcome development. (Think Jon Hamm and A-Team, Bryan Cranston and whatever movie you spotted him in.)

Petyr Baelish TDKR

When the casting news of TDKR kept coming out, and when each member of Inception was being drafted in as if Nolan was a victim of an “inception-hit”, I was one worried soul.

a) I had (have) always harbored an irrational dislike towards Marion Cotillard.

b) Warrior hadn’t happened by then. “What’s all this fuss about Tom Hardy?”

c) “Although Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway would make any movie appear worth checking out, why does Nolan need so many fucking new characters for the final part of his trilogy?”

Cut to the present. JGL and Anne Hathaway are kickass additions (one to take the story forward and the other to bring it to a close.) Marion Cotillard playing a negative role worked very well with me for the same reason as mentioned in (a), and Hardy had already won me over a million times through the Warrior. Having said that, Bane’s accent does come off a bit funny/odd at times (in addition to being illegible.)

The pivotal point of the movie, both story-wise and tempo-wise, comes when Bane confines Batman to a pit. I quite enjoyed the inspiring chanting and the human spirit allusions, but the reason I mention this here is the trouble the casting agency must have gone through in picking a gender-neutral-looking child.

The conclusion was quite spectacular and also overwhelming due to the accompanying Hans Zimmer score but aren’t we seeing this sort of thing quite often nowadays? (The only reason Sherlock-2 wasn’t a complete clusterfuck was him sticking to the original and jumping off to his faux-death.)

Also, I happened to chance across a discussion where people were wondering how Batman could know which restaurant it was that Alfred was alluding to. WTF people! how choosy can you get! He can do all those remarkable things like jumping off a skyscraper and gliding his way into another skyscraper and then escape the other skyscraper with a hostage in tow while attaching himself to a plane moving at full speed, but you question this?! You’re saying you’re fine with him doing all that but you find it hard to believe when he finds the location of a restaurant in a town!!?

Lastly, a message to the Avengers fanboys.  Yes, that movie got a huge opening bellying all expectations but you should also know that $30mn of those receipts were solely due to the higher prices charged by 3D theatres. TDKR was well on course to beat Avengers going by the number of tickets sold, and thanks to the extraordinarily positive word of mouth, could well have gone on to beat the Avengers collections wise too if it were not for the dastardly events of Aurora. So, pray for the departed souls and STFU!

Departing on an acrimonious note doesn’t feel right. Let me bring up another plot element, that of the regime’s trucks and a group of oppressed revolutionary forces shadowing them in alleyways. Whole movies have been made around that theme. Was just a minor strand here. Also, when JGL kept going on about his orphan background to Bruce Wayne, didn’t you immediately realize he was destined to end up as something more than an ordinary cop?

Word of the movie: Excommunicate

//On a personal note, it’s funny how many of my posts are just ‘published’ drafts. The laxity that betrays isn’t funny at all, however.

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