So, here we have another super-hero movie review. Despite what many of you thought was Expert’s rant and my review posted later, truth is, the Amazing Spider-Man Review was all mine, and Expert truly wrote his a few days later.
GET OVER IT.
Along comes Batman, the only block buster film left to arrive this summer, and even with the tragic events that took place in Aurora, Colorado, in time, will be able to distance itself from those events.
Simply put, this was a drama film with some action in it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a quality film and will probably be used as the standard for ending a trilogy for super heroes.
But here’s where the movie failed. It’s too long, and it didn’t need to be. Christopher Nolan (The Director) is our new Steven Spielberg. He’s an excellent story teller and knows his craft well. But, because of the success of Inception and The Dark Knight, he was given complete control over how to tell the story.
At least with this movie, we don’t have to see how Batman uses his powers, we all know that already. But, we do have to go through the very slow and excruciating period of time for Bruce to truly “understand” what others have gone through. We really didn’t need a lot of scenes to see him mentally overcome some obstacles.
Another failing point for me was using the villain Bane. They establish him as a physically gifted thug who has some kind of master plan to implement. The mask he wore made some of the dialogue hard to understand during action scenes, which was a bit of a put-off. I’m not going to reveal any spoilers here, but they way we learn of his past and his role in the film just left me with a feeling of “Is that it?”
The idea of how Bane’s plan worked and remained intact is what you expect from this type of film, and we spend a lot of time learning about a young “hot shot” cop who does right. I have to admit that I liked that story arc. Having Catwoman in the movie makes sense, as you could almost guess the ending at about 10 minutes into the film, when Alfred is speaking to a certain point.
I know there are many who will say that this will never live up to The Dark Knight, mostly due to Heath Ledger’s selfish death. It’s human nature to give more praise to the dead as a sign of respect instead of looking at the quality of each film on it’s own.
If this movie was 30 mins shorter, it would have earned a perfect score.
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