Posted on 7/23/12 11:14 AM
Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman film is definitly and his most ambitious. This film from critics is apparently only about action, a long run time, right-wing politics, and the fact Heath Ledger is not in it. Thanks for the bad analysis.
The film is really about a broken down Bruce Wayne who is struggling to put his important but tragic past behind, however being sucked back into to being Batman by sexy cat burglar Selina Kyle (played by, the most beautiful woman in the world, Anne Hathaway) and the villainous Bane. Bruce Wayne's body has become beaten down and is about to become completely financially broke. Making it hard for him to come back fight this new threat. Bane's plan is basically to complete Ra's al Ghul idea to over throw the corrupt government in Gotham, no matter what the cost. Nolan is not commenting on politics, the only thing he is saying no matter what your opinion is, make sure they are not destructive towards the innocent.
People have complained that Bane is not as Iconic and as entertaining as Ledger's Joker. I have to say they are two different types of villains. The Joker is a raving psychopathic clown, while Bane is a cross between Darth Vader and Hummungus from The Road Warrior. I think Bane works in a very different way. I think in the first encounter between Batman and Bane was extremely effective in showing just how intimidating he is. Bane might not be as iconic as The Joker, but the reason why is because the film is not about him, its about Batman.
This film is has plot holes of course (just like the others), but the reason why I think this film is probably will end up being my favorite out the series is because the arc that Batman has is much more interesting. In Batman Begins Bruce's discovery of being Batman is interesting although I had a few problems with Bale's performance in it, and in The Dark Knight I thought Batman was probably the least interesting character in it. In this, the scenes here between Bruce and Alfred are extremely emotionally effective. Early in the film when Alfred tells the story about how when he was in cafe in Europe and would imagine Bruce happy with a lovely wife, I thought that really hammered what the film was about and the struggle that Bruce will face to try to move on with his life.
The action is much better filmed in this one. Its more coherent, beautifully shot by Wally Pfister, and Hans Zimmer score just really hammers it home. I also really loved Catwoman in this, she is classical femme fatale, and the chemistry between Bale and Hathaway I thought was very good. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is good too as a young idealistic cop. The film emotionally shooked me so many times, this is the best super-hero movie I have ever seen. It will not please everyone, but at the same times I do not think films should be made to please everyone.