The Dark Knight Rises

This is another movie right up there with the Avengers in terms of anticipation and I have to say that it delivered. There’s just something about super hero movies that’s going particularly well right now. I’m not sure how long this is going to last, but I’m more than happy to ride it while it does.

Of the Dark Knight trilogy, I think this was actually my favorite. Bane felt like a better villian than the Joker, the Scarecrow, or Ra’s al Ghul. I’m glad that they backed off on the overdone audio processing (I’ve seen a few of the clips on YouTube) and even then it was still a bit much to understand at times, but I think that helped with his feeling of “otherness”.

On the downside, it was long. Probably too long. People are looking for an even longer director’s cut, which seems a bit strange to me. From my point of view, it could easily have been a half hour shorter. Not my call though.

Still, a solid summer blockbuster all around. It’s more my sort of movie than Brave, so it will take the number three spot for the year.

Ranked: 2012 Movie Reviews

  1. The Avengers
  2. The Cabin in the Woods
  3. Wreck-It Ralph
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Looper
  7. Argo
  8. Rise of the Guardians
  9. Brave
  10. Life of Pi
  11. Skyfall
  12. Men in Black 3
  13. Total Recall
  14. Cloud Atlas
  15. Lockout
  16. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  17. Dark Shadows
  18. John Carter
  19. The Amazing Spider-Man
  20. The Bourne Legacy
  21. The Hunger Games
  22. Breaking Dawn - Part 2
  23. Snow White and the Huntsman
  24. Hotel Transylvania
  25. Mirror Mirror
  26. The Five-Year Engagement
  27. Prometheus

(Also, why is Batman always “The Batman”? What’s with the definite article? It’s the same thing with the lambda calculus and I’ve never really figured it out either way.)