I’m experiencing a “The Dark Knight Rises” hangover
July 23, 2012
I saw “The Dark Knight Rises” at midnight on Thursday night followed by seeing it at 3:20 pm on Friday. I love it just as much and, maybe, even more the second time.
I did keep busy on Saturday renting a kilt and full accompanying outfit including Prince Charlie jacket, hose, ghillies, flashes et cetera. I cooked pasta, shrimp, and enough garlic to kill every fake ass vampire in every book, TV show, and movie series. I also watched the UFC 149 cagefights.
Sunday went to a family’s barbecue and got slightly sunburned.
So, I’ve been doing things, but I won’t lie – I kind of wish I could have seen “The Dark Knight Rises” a million times.
I still think “The Dark Knight” is the best of the Nolan trilogy, but it’s not by much. “The Dark Knight Rises” fulfills in a lot of the same areas TDK did and even goes beyond and fulfills where TDK didn’t. But I still think TDK is picture perfect from beginning to end and was an artistic wonder in many areas including sound editing. I never thought I would be blown away by sound editing, but I was by TDK’s. Nolan continues to try and recapture the magic of TDK’s sound editing in “Inception” and “TDKR” and he’s on the right track, but it’s not the same.
Either way, the addition of chicks in “TDKR” is a breath of fresh air that was severely lacking in the others. Strong and sexy. Tom Hardy is enthralling and terrifying as Bane. He’s intimidating on every level and appears to be a brutally unstoppable force throughout. He actually looks more and more unstoppable as the movie goes on, which is incredible.
If you have seen “TDKR” and haven’t seen “Batman Begins” in a while – do so. “TDKR” references the shit out of “Batman Begins” which will forever be overshadowed by “TDK” and “TDKR”. For eff’s sake, the title is even different and doesn’t sound like it’s apart of the “Dark Knight Trilogy” as people are calling it. But “Batman Begins” is a great movie. Great bad guys, great origin story, great beginning to a franchise. It’s got it all. Even Katie Holmes as the love interest is not bad. A lot of people don’t like her, but she doesn’t do a bad job by any means. “TDKR” does an excellent job of not only ramping up what “TDK” did, but at coming full-circle to what “Batman Begins” started.
Also, I’ve really gained a new appreciation for Christopher Nolan’s storytelling method of hiding all his secrets/twists/mysteries right out in the open, right underneath the audience’s nose.
Lastly, I think the unsung hero of these movies is Gary Oldman. I really couldn’t have imagined him as Jim Gordon when the casting began and for 3 movies Oldman delivered a perfect performance for his character. He was a tough cop, a believer, a realist, and at times a goofball.
I love those movies.
That’s what I got…
How was your weekend.