This is one of those movies that I actually loathe reviewing. Occasionally, there are movies I fall in love with, and writing howevermany words on those is easy. Sometimes movies make me think sarcastic thoughts, and it’s easy to write about that. Sometimes I flat think a movie is ridiculous, and that’s easy to discuss. It’s the movies I see that I really do like and appreciate as being a very good film but don’t feel any particular feelings about that I have the hardest time with talking about.
I liked this movie. The Dark Knight Rises is a very, very good movie. Technically speaking, it’s well-made, everyone’s performances were very good. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman did what they had to do, Tom Hardy was all menacing and growly, Christian Bale was solid as usual in the Batman role, I’ll discuss the others in a second. I mean, I giggle sometimes when he growls, but that’s nothing new. The growling is always funny.
So I guess I’ll list some idle thoughts, ones that are snarkier than my overall opinion of the film. A lot of people have written better actual reviews of this movie, making good points. Some people are crying Oscar; I don’t know if it would win, I rather doubt it, but a nomination wouldn’t surprise me. It’s got the requisite darkness.
- O-okay, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, buddy. I’m still cranky with you for the “pretty women aren’t usually funny” comment, which has also been discussed online. I’d like to imagine you’ve learned from your mistake, though; I know some people say stupid and symptomatic but not dangerous stuff sometimes, cringeworthy stuff, but they learn from it sometimes. Still, good performance. Good sweater(vest)s.
- Marion Cotillard. I like your face, and I admit, that not knowing the comics really at all, I wasn’t entirely seeing that coming? I’m still making heads or tails of how they actually played it out, but at least it kept me from my worst fear of all, which was the Miranda character being used as the damsel figure.
- There are still… certain strangenesses in overall casting in this franchise, ones that are symptomatic of strangenesses in casting, period, but I can’t blame the actors for that.
- Juno Temple, why were you there? I mean, I understand that she was Selina Kyle’s… something. Buddy/accomplice/apprentice/little street sister/what? Characters like that are written only to serve the purpose of moving something else forward or creating background, which bums me out a little bit because I always get curious about them, but.
- AAAND let’s talk about Anne Hathaway. Really the only reason I ever broke out grinning during this film. Who said you couldn’t play Catwoman, darling? Because they were wrong. I was also terrified that they were going to modern Irene Adler Selina-who-is-Catwoman. They could have done it many times. They didn’t quite, though I could have done without the ending looks of angst and longing and the very last of her, but that’s a plot issue. I enjoyed the performance a lot, I really did, though now come to think of it, I could have done with a little more exposition sometime, not in the “justifying my actions” way but just in the “additional character depth” way. But still, very well done.
- Hello, surprise momentary Aidan Gillen. Hello, surprise momentary Jillian Armenante.
- One of these days, when I’m not avoiding actual spoilers as much out of manners, remind me to write at least a long paragraph entitled “How the same basic plot device can be played two different enough ways to make me feel feelings one of the ways and make me shrug the other way.”
But yes. I did like it, it was a well-crafted movie.
–your fangirl heroine.