The Dark Knight Rises Ex-Fan Review
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.
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.
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 similar...it 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.