Sound Off: Chris Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
July 20, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Fire Rises. The Legend Ends. It's finally here. Four years after The Dark Knight, seven years after Batman Begins, Chris Nolan ends his Batman saga in epic fashion. In theaters everywhere, including 70mm IMAX, is The Dark Knight Rises, Batman's triumphant grand finale. Christian Bale returns as Batman, joined by Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as his nemesis Bane, plus Gary Oldman as Gordon and Michael Caine as Alfred. So how is it? Best of the three? What about the way it ends? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on TDKR.
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To fuel the fire in Gotham, I love this movie. I just saw it a second time in IMAX and it's just as spectacular, epicly magnificent, hugely operatic, and powerfully cinematic. I think Christopher Nolan went all out, giving it his all, and brought along Batman, Hans Zimmer and everyone. It has a very epic story, especially when it hits that midpoint and you think "wait, did this just happen?" (You know what I'm talking about.) Nolan takes us to some very, very dark places, but I guess you must be brought all the way to the bottom before you can climb back up. Why do we fall? To learn... That said, I still love what he gives us, in all its lengthy glory. Yes, it's long and feels like an opera that needs an intermission, but I still admire what Nolan gives us.
A few things I noticed the second time: the first half does take a little while to build up, it's a slow start, long recovery to get Bruce back in before he encounters Bane, but from there it's awesome. I must say, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman is quite something, perhaps one of my favorite parts. Hans Zimmer's score is monumental, I can listen to it on repeat for hours now and still feel the rumblings in my bones. The IMAX visuals are extraordinary, I wish I could see every movie like this entirely in IMAX - spectacular. The final fight/battle and big finale gets me every time. The way it ramps up, the energy, the all-or-nothing feel, the twists, oh it's such a glorious experience to have, and I owe it all to Nolan. He definitely ends it with a bang.
What did you think of The Dark Knight Rises? Epic, spectacular finale or one messy ending? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!