Geoff Boucher @LATherocomplex
@KnightGambit I think it’s better in some ways. The last 15mins are just unbelievable
@KnightGambit No spoilers coming from me about anything
OFFICIAL WRITE-UP FROM THESHAPE!!!
Here we go. Before I start, I can’t handle the questions. I’m not answering them. I’m not spoiling the movie for anyone. No PMs with spoilers.
Having said that, HOLY MOLEY DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOLEY, this is a great film. It’s not a summer blockbuster by any means, and yet, it totally is (if that makes sense). The biggest question everyone asks: “is it better than TDK?” and I’ll answer that by saying it’s really different. Everything’s different. The characters are different (even Bruce at first), the tone is different, and the story is different. But everything is BIGGER and, in my eyes, better. I love the Joker as much as anyone else (my favorite villain in any medium) but Bane’s plan is more creative, better executed, and a little more fun to watch as it all unfold.
I also don’t want to get into story specifics because there’s really no need, but listen…if you’ve followed this forum like I have and read most of the “spoilers” over the past few months, I can tell you that many of us have guessed correctly on many of the various story tidbits that have come our way. Still, that doesn’t make this film any less exciting to watch and there are PLENTY of surprises still in store (scenes, moments, plot points). I beg you all: DON’T READ SPOILER REVIEWS. You’re all so close! Why would you want to read specific quotations and the fates of characters and the film’s ending? I’ll never understand that.
right from the start, I noticed that Bane’s dialogue had either been boosted up or re-dubbed (some lines seemed a little different). And there was no problem hearing him through the rest of the film, maybe one or two lines I missed. Overall, though, Gordon is the person I had the most trouble making out a times, and I also had this problem during TDK in theaters.
All of the actors are at the top of the game. Anne Hathaway completely blew me away, and this is coming from a guy who really isn’t a fan of any of her other movies. She has her own little musical theme and represents many of the film’s most comic-booky moments. I practically fell head over heels in love with her during the film. Selina’s motivation during the first half of the film is a little lame, but she plays an intricate role in the entire film and it wouldn’t be the same without her. The dynamic between her and Batman is wayyyy better and more fleshed out than it was in Batman Returns, mainly because Selina is a much more believable character and more like her comic book counterpart.
Other quick things: The Bane>Batman beatdown that we all know is coming completely blew me away, more than I thought it would. There’s no music backing this scene at all, which makes it all the more powerful.
I LOVE the way Batman fights in this film whenever he does. When he fights, he roars and screams with anger and range, especially when he faces Bane. I also think his suit looks 100x better than it did in TDK for some reason.
The music was incredible, as we all knew it would be. Can’t even begin to explain this to you but the final minutes had me in tears.
I really liked Blake’s character. Not spoiling anything about him, but he is strongly tied into the story and has interactions with pretty much all the major characters. He will certainly represent one of the biggest talking points about the film…and no, his name is not Dick Grayson.
Tom McAuliffe – “9 out of 10 for me. I’d put Amazing Spider-Man at a 7.5 and Avengers at an 8.5”
In reaction to who had the best moments – TomMcAuliffe – “Bane for sure.”
“The trilogy is greater than the sum of its parts, and for me the 3rd was the very best part of the whole story. Dark knight is a classic in its own right – it stands alone, but in this trilogy, and as a closer, this film exceeds. It’s an ending that presents opportunity for thought for sure. Risky/tough story well told, brilliantly acted, great cinematography, awesome score.”
“To your original question – there are things I criticize in every film, but this one measures high on many measures. There will be some surprises but not big ones, the beauty of the film is how well it tells the story. Tom Hardy was incredible as Bane, the storyline was fantastic. I think the Joker is far more iconic than Bane, with more memorable quotes, but this story was great, including Bane’s origin. Godfather 3 never happened. Xmen 3 & Spider-Man 3 were awful, this film was the perfect final chapter in the trilogy.”
As far as audience reaction, there were only 40-50 ppl in attendance (mostly critics), but there was applause and I leaned over and shook Michael Uslan’s hand and congratulated him when his name appeared in the credits. I, myself, cried twice…once out of sadness and once out of pure geeky uncontrollable happiness. – DKRSHH
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SHH’s KnightOfTheFall – Bane, whilst nowhere near as impressive as Joker, was an excellent choice for a bad guy. This guy is pure malevolence. There is a particularly violent moment which involves bane and a poor wall street dude. It’s something all parents need to be aware of before taking kids. Selina was great and Hathaway nailed the character and made her own interpretation but there are many little traits from past origins that come into play. JGL is not robin nor does he appear in the suit. He is just an idealistic beat cop. Nothing more. His character is handled and written well. Bale was excellent as Batman and finally, The Bat Voice, is done with justice. It’s not as forced as it was previously. Action scenes were excellent and truly make this move epic. The last 20 minutes with Batman and Bane are some of the finest fight scenes I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie. The camera is pulled back and slowed down to show the blows.