Written July 22, 2012
This film may actually wind up being the biggest let down of all time. Let me start by saying that if you were in any way a fan of the comic books, stay away from this film. They pissed all over DC history like Marvel did in the X-Men series. What makes the film such a huge disappointment is partially the fact that the previous two films were original scripts involving characters from the Batman series. This movie attempts to mash together several classic story arcs in an uncoordinated fashion. If you’re not biased by being a Batman fan, just know that this film doesn’t compare to either of the first two. It runs 2 hours 45 minutes and could have easily been an hour and a half. Batman is only in about 25 minutes and by then you just don’t give a **** anymore. Staying awake for the first hour of the film was a real challenge. The story was very dialogue driven but at times it was very hard to understand what Bane was saying. They should have subtitled him.
Written July 22, 2012
Thought it was a great story line and had excellent effects. Can't wait to see what's next. Praises go out to the fallen Batman fans of Colorado and the families of the tragedy.
Written July 27, 2012
In case you didn't already know this about the film, Christopher Nolan filmed about an hour of the film in native IMAX format. You can tell which scenes were filmed in IMAX as the picture switches from letterbox to full screen, mostly with the aerial views of the city and landscapes in the latter. There are also some ground scenes that are filmed in IMAX though. These scenes really add to the movie, creating a realistic atmosphere that you feel somewhat a part of, with the help of the awesome sound. If you're familiar with Christopher Nolan's work, you know he hardly disappoints, if ever. So for him to utilize IMAX in his vision of a movie, you know it's no gimmick, and it shows. Needless to say, I felt this was worth the extra cash to see. It's one of those movies you'd look back on and say that you're glad you got to experience it in IMAX, the way Christopher Nolan wanted (no I'm not a spokesperson for the movie or IMAX, lol). But be sure you go to a real IMAX, not a LIEMAX.
Written July 23, 2012
This does work as an ending to the trilogy, gathering all the loose ends from the first two movies and wrapping them up in a visually stunning climax. However, the first half of the movie is slow and the plot somewhat murky without any humor to remind us we are watching a film about a comic book hero. Bale, Hathaway, and Hardy performances seem strickly to the script and although sound, lack energy. Certainly none matched the level of Ledger's Joker. Some of the better acting moments come courtesy of Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marioon Cotillard. Nolan does impress using the IMAX format to create scenes of chaos that are larger than life. I haven't seen a 3D film that is as visually engrossing as this film. Definitely worth seeing, particularly in an IMAX theater. One last note - after the end credits roll if you feel like you got a two-for-one and saw a replay of Rocky III in additon to Batman, you aren't alone.
Written August 07, 2012
Don't be stupid, go see this movie while it's in the theater. Spend the extra dough and drive the extra mile if you have to see it on IMAX. Stop reading this..GO.