Review: Dark Knight Rises

So, on Monday, Chad and I were able to get away and see the new Batman Movie. We have discovered that we love seeing movies in theater, which we never realized. Unfortunately, we discovered this after we had a baby...SO, seeing movies in theater has to be a special date activity.

I have been dying to see the new movie for months now. Chad got to see it before I did because of a work event (I was not thrilled about this) but he PROMISED he would take me to see it soon after. We had even been watching the Batman cartoon leading up to the time that we saw the film.

To start, I was skeptical of a few things. My hesitance about Catwoman, in general, was great. I am not keen on slutty female characters. My feminist streak comes out strong when women are portrayed as evil masterminds that achieve success through overt sexuality (it gives me a bad case of eye rollingness). The only Catwoman I have actually liked has been in the cartoon which was played on TV for children. When I heard it was Anne Hathaway that would be playing that character I was confused because she didn't seem to fit. My confusion was followed by a bit of relief. Ms. Hathaway is not known for her obscene sexiness so I thought that maybe this time, Catwoman would be tasteful.

Also, who could beat Heath Ledger as the Joker. His portrayal of the Joker was chilling and completely original. Was Bane going to compare? And will Tom Hardy be able to pull him off? I was so eager for this movie to be awesome that I feared it would fail me.

The first portion of the movie was really rather long for me. It was interesting because you're introduced to the new characters. There are a lot of events that happen and then it becomes fuzzy to me in the middle.

Christian Bale played a great Bruce Wayne and a good Batman (I prefer him as Bruce Wayne myself). Tom Hardy BLEW me away as Bane. I still question if that was really Tom Hardy playing him, his voice and body seemed unrecognizable to me. Did he out shine Heath Ledger's performance? I wouldn't say he did but Tom Hardy did not disappoint.

Anne Hathaway's Catwoman was good, I was relieved with her work. I think she actually deserves props for what she did with that character. I must say that I was still hesitant about her until the very end.

There are other characters and such that I don't want to give too much detail on because I don't want to ruin the movie for you. Overall, I was really impressed. There were awesome twists, it was scary at moments, and the actors were really great. Though it wasn't perfect, I really enjoyed it and felt like it was an awesome conclusion to Christopher Nolan's take on the Gothic Superhero story. If you liked the first two, I believe you will really enjoy this one.

Also, my new tradition for movie treats? Popcorn with Reese's Pieces in it. Chad showed it to me when we were dating and I will do it every single time now. Even if it costs an arm and a leg.

Happy Friday!



Haley said...

Oh man I can't wait to see this movie! And I'm relieved to hear that 1. catwoman was just more than curves in a tight suit and 2. Anne Hathway did not totally destroy the entire franchise. What else is Tom Hardy in? It's driving me nuts because I can't remember!

imfashionstoned said...

Totally lovin' this!! ♡

Sandalsthelamanite said...

Ah man, I absolutely loved this movie! I thought Tom Hardy was awesome. I thought Bane was a terrifying villain, and was portrayed amazingly. Joker was chaotic, and scary in that you couldn't really calculate what it was he would do, but Bane is precise, and in some ways Batman's equal in that he is not only physically powerful, but a calculating genius. In my mind he is more terrifying of a villain than Joker because he actually stands a chance against Batman.
Also just my opinion, but Anne Hathaway has been the best Catwoman ever on the big screen.