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The Dark Knight Rises Ex-fan Review

Updated on July 21, 2012
Batman and Bain face-off
Batman and Bain face-off | Source

How does it compare?

I'm going to start by saying that The Dark Knight (the second batman movie) was absolutely amazing. The writing was great, the acting was incredible and Heath Ledger gave the best performance of any villain I have ever seen. ...This newest Batman movie does not even come close to the level that its predecessor did.


The story picks up 8 years after the events of the second movie. Bruce Wayne is a hermit and unable to face the world after losing Rachel. eventually he must "rise" to the challenge that Gotham is presented with. The villain in the movie, Bain, is a former league of shadows member (same as Bruce) and is planning to complete the leader's goal - to destroy Gotham. I will not give any more away but I will say that there were a few twists that made the story interesting enough.

So what went wrong?

I did not hate the new batman movie but I certainly didn't love it. I thought there were many things wrong with them movie and I will summarize them now.

Batman's Voice

Even though it has been said for 3 movies now, Christian Bale needs to get his head out of his ass and stop talking like that. It is supposed to sound heroic and mysterious but Bale only makes himself sound egotistical.

Way too long

The movie lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. It could have greatly benefited from cutting a half hour of useless material.

Character change

So without giving much away, Bruce has given up on life and wants to die. Well that is fine for a bit but he is depressing and unheroic for almost the entire movie! Not a very "feel good" flick.

Stale fight scenes

After just seeing Spiderman with his intricate fight scenes and exceptionally choreographed moves I expected Batman to be was not. Batman barely fights anyone hand to hand and when he does it's boring, canned punches with little movement at all. That coupled with no sound effects or dramatic music makes for some boring fight scenes.

Long pointless discussions

I was amazed at how little action there was. I expected a lot of character growth and discussion but not at this level. Some scenes went over 10 minutes with no plot development or action! I went with my 10 year old little brother and he looked incredibly bored for a lot of the scenes and the discussions were way to complicated for him to follow. I understand that it has to been deep and important but you should still be able to entertain a 10 year old.


Although the scenes with Anne Hathaway as Catwoman were nice to see (she looks great by the way) the movie doesn't live up to the hype. For one of the most talked about movies I was hoping it would blow me away but instead if fizzled and flopped and in the end, thankfully, died. I would definitely not sit and watch the whole movie again, and although I am sure you will eventually see it...don't say I didn't warn you.


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      Mike Marks 5 years ago

      I wouldn't wait stayingalivemoma... opinions are varying... I thought it was superb worthy of an oscar nomination... and some movies are made for the big screen. When the midnight show I saw concluded, the packed house of 300, all fans who had to purchase their tickets at the local comic shop on a college mainstreet, applauded enthusiastically... I know some comic fans frown when comics are treated like literature (blame Will Eisner if you must), but Nolan does respect the material like literature and treats it accordingly, we have over seventy years of Wayne character materia, layers upon layers upon layers, thicker than most actual literary characters... I reckon some people think this bogs the movie down, that they're interested in Batman, not Wayne, not the tortured madman whose psychi lives in darkness illuminated only by neon green and orange murderous laughter, and how he carries on most effectively in spite of all that... and in this third installment, he does leave the night behind and appears in the daylight like his camp counterpart of the 60's, from fistacuffs with Bane to atom bombs there's action galore... catwomen on motorcycles and Robins swinging over waterfalls, the longer you wait, the more you'll find out what there is to look forward to

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Wow, I hate to hear that. I was so looking forward to seeing it. I guess I'll just wait for it to come on Netflix! Years from now! lol

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      Mike Marks 5 years ago

      Myself, I loved the thick character development, and there was enough action for me... I liked the threads that bound the three together, from well to well with consistent scarecrow and so on... I reckon you wanted more spectacle? Actually, it followed a star wars like arch, the second installment being the most action packed, the first intro, the final character resolution... anyway, not much more I can response to your comments that I haven't already added in my own review...if you care to, you can read my review on my hub