When I came home last night and logged into Facebook, I noticed that the opinions on The Dark Knight Rises were rather polarizing. I saw everything from calling it “remarkable” to saying that it was a “90s cop drama with a Batman cameo.” Frankly, I was pretty surprised, but should I be? I mean, we now live in a world where if something doesn’t go the way you want it to, it’s bad. I don’t know what the deal is. I loved it.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I waited with great anticipation for this movie. I don’t even think I’m alone in saying that I was anxious for this movie. I was nervous, excited, speculative, and overall eager.
I arrived at the theater quite early so that I could get a good seat for one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer, maybe the year. I waited in line for a while before I got to take my seat. As I sat down and watched the room fill with people equally as excited as I was, I just kept thinking about how close it was. The few in costumes showed up and basked in their attention, but we were all there for the same reason.
The lights finally dimmed at midnight and the opening sequence began. When the title faded onto the screen, it was met with applause and some subtle cheering. I can’t say that I was one of those that joined, but I can tell you that I was screaming like a little girl on the inside.
As the movie progressed, I found that my jaw fell open more often than I’d like to admit. Christopher Nolan has a tendency to do that. He likes to send you on a roller coaster. But a roller coaster with ups and downs that you become addicted to and without a clear end in sight.
I’m not going to tell you about the story because there are already a fair amount of spoilers running rampant around the interweb. What I will tell you is that Bane was mean, scary, and intelligent. Catwoman was selfish. And Batman was Batman.
I thought that everyone involved did a fine job. Christian Bale’s voice took a nice reprise back to that of Batman Begins. He was intelligible. Thankfully. Tom Hardy rocked this character. In his overall soft-spoken, careful manner, he was maniacal and unnerving. And Anne Hathaway, while not a crucial character, still had an intense presence on screen.
The bottom line is that people already know how to feel about the movie going in. I had it in my mind that I was going to love it, and I did. People that are skeptical will be able to make more developed opinions. There were a few problems I had with the movie, but I quickly dismissed them as being overly nitpicking.
I find that talking about the movie is difficult. That could be because it came out fifteen hours ago and most people still haven’t seen it. I’d love to hear what you have to say about it.
“Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”