Critic Review - Hollywood Reporter

Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comments (70)
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pinkyfoo

Jon Jonson

For fuck's sake, they're comic book movies. What's the matter with silly and childish? That's part of what makes The Avengers and Raimi's Spiderman's good.

Jul 16 - 08:44 AM

Ashley Lightburn

Ashley Lightburn

Well this certianly conforms that i do not want to see this movie. Not when critic have to fan wank the movie but insulting other good film to make it seem interesting.

Jul 16 - 10:18 AM

Frank Louis

Frank Louis

Why would you not see this movie because of 1 critic? Watch both movies and enjoy both. I'm more of a Batman fan but I loved The Avengers.

Jul 16 - 10:40 AM

Zachary T

Zachary Thomas

Sounds almost like McCarthy is talking about the Godfather...

Jul 16 - 10:45 AM

Dominic Labriola

Dominic Labriola

This is a shit review and is so biased I think somone left a brown paper bag at McCarthy's door with a note saying..

"Dear sir, Make sure you take a dig at Marvel for shattering TDK's record in 3 weeks."

Sincerely, Warner Brothers.

Jul 16 - 12:22 PM

Frank McCall

Frank McCall

Lol, TDK still has the biggest, either opening day, or 3 day sales. Be embarrassed.

Jul 16 - 12:35 PM

Dominic Labriola

Dominic Labriola

The Avengers shattered TDK's box office domestic in a month even without had the help of Ledger's untimely death(RIP).


How many families do you expect to go to this grey. Dull, overly pretentious film?

Jul 16 - 12:54 PM

Frank McCall

Frank McCall

Lol, TDK still has the biggest, either opening day, or 3 day sales. Be embarrassed.

Jul 16 - 01:57 PM

Alissa Lawhon

Alissa Lawhon

Jeez, I'm sure this movie is wonderful (the other two Batman films by Nolan are, so why would this be any different?) but the dig at Marvel is pretty childish. Marvel purposefully cultivates a different, more lighthearted tone in their films - there is no mishandling of opportunities on their part. Escapism has its place as much as social commentary does, especially in superhero films.

Jul 16 - 12:56 PM

Dominic Labriola

Dominic Labriola

Well said.

Jul 16 - 01:07 PM

Sam Dearborn

Sam Dearborn

Christopher Nolan has that seriousness in his Batman movies that marvel cant get ANYWHERE NEAR replicating. And that matureness and seriousness is the difference between a Badass movie and an Amazing movie.

Jul 16 - 01:02 PM

Dominic Labriola

Dominic Labriola

You actually want "seriousness" from a guy dressed up like a Bat?

Jul 16 - 01:08 PM

Daniel Brooks

Daniel Brooks

Blade. End of childish argument.

Jul 16 - 01:04 PM

Daniel Brooks

Daniel Brooks

Silly and childish?... he has bat ears and gets called via a giant spotlight, not an untracable cell phone, which means he can only be reached when it's cloudy or there's heavy smog. He also only comes out at night. Batman: the world's greatest superhero- between the hours of 7:30 P.M. and 6:30 A.M., weather permitting. Silly and childish... his villains are a league of ninjas armed with a super microwave oven, a clown, a guy with half a face who should be dead, a "catwoman" who doesn't look very feline, and a muscle dude with a pipe organ for a face. Silly and childish... He has a butler and a black guy do all his brain work for him. I'm not going to deny the fantastical nature of Marvel, but please don't try to make it seem like Nolan has transcended his source medium, because he hasn't.

Jul 16 - 01:29 PM

Kevin J.

Kevin Jones

Yes Daniel B. because The Avengers, a team with a rich man who wears a mech suit and has essentially a magnet implanted in his chest to keep shards of shrapnel from killing him, a Greek God, a scientist who instead of being killed instantly after being exposed to insane levels of Gamma Radiation, turns into a Giant, muscle bound monster, a "Russian" spy, whose super power seems to be nothing more than just karate, and another average shmoe whose superpower is just good arrow marksmanship is any less childish?!?

At least Nolan has transcended it a lot more and made it more realistic to the real world. Just look at the villains alone Ras Al Ghul, Bane, Joker are far-FAR removed from their comic versions to where if you went and picked up the comics after the movies, you'd swear that Nolan made it all up himself. The Bat-signal is hardly used in the movies. And here's one for ya: No ROBIN. Meanwhile, the Marvel movies, make it too close to the comics, as silly and fantastical it turns out on the big screen, in order to make the fanboys happy.

And BTW, so what if a Black guy does the work for Batman? Assuming that you're a white guy, you don't seem too terribly smart.

Jul 16 - 03:09 PM

Gustavo

Gustavo Filgueiras

Greek God? GTFO dude, seriously.

Jul 16 - 05:38 PM

Ryan Dawkins

Ryan Dawkins

This review has way too many spoilers in it. I wish I could un-read it.

Jul 16 - 03:20 PM

Hector Andrade

Hector Andrade

Good review Tood but there is no need to insult Marvel like that.

In fact my favorite Marvel comic book Superheros are Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, X-Men, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers.

My only two favorite DC comic book Superheros are Superman and Batman.

Jul 16 - 03:55 PM

Taskin Shakib

Taskin Shakib

well said..cmon it's chris nolan we're talking about...

Jul 16 - 04:04 PM

Dylan P.

Dylan P

yeah that sounds about right

Jul 16 - 04:18 PM

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