What can I say? I love films. New ones or old ones, black and white or colour, comedy or drama, popcorn movies or serious thinkers - love 'em all. I'm also an avid reader - I will read pretty much ANYTHING! I am currently working my way through the BBC's Big Read Top 100 (no easy feat). I also love cooking, eating out, going to the theatre, live comedy, live music, travel, good TV, red wine, learning new things, art and quizzes.
An excellent masterclass in building suspense from the master himself. Hitchcock takes a very simple (albeit slightly unbelievable) premise and using only one set, a small cast and a limited number of shots, he still manages to deliver a story that is compelling and intense. It's always great to see the Director working with two of his favourite muses as well - James Stewart and Farley Granger.
Stylish, well-performed and a very intelligent story (borrowing heavily from 'A Tale of Two Cities'), 'The Dark Knight Rises' has much to recommend it - not least the very underrated actor (and my personal favourite) Matthew Modine, in a welcome return to the big screen (I've added an extra half a star just for that). However, at the risk of incurring the wrath of a myriad fans, this is not a film without flaws. I found the dialogue to be pretty corny in places and almost an after-thought to the overall story, Christian Bale still maintains a slightly irritating hammy voice when in the bat suit and the ending is a bit of a cop-out, happy Hollywood affair - undermining the aforementioned 'Tale of Two Cities' homage and also, I am reliably informed, the graphic literature used as source material. That said, the finished product looks awesome, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Gary Oldman can do no wrong and Anne Hathaway rocks that catsuit like no other has before her.
The good: Andrew Garfield was awesome - better than Tobey Maguire and that's saying something. The banter from Spiderman during the fight scenes was reminiscent of the Spidey cartoons I grew up watching in the 80s, which I appreciated. Gwen Stacy/Emma Stone is far more likable than Mary Jane/Kirsten Dunst. Dennis Leary gives a good turn as the police Captain. The backstory for Peter's parents is welcomed but underdeveloped (although potential for further revelations in future episodes). The bad: With all that it still feels too soon for a reboot. The story isn't so drastically different from the films we've seen recently. In fact it's kind of a mash up of Maguire's 1&2. Whilst some of the shots are clever, some of them are blatantly stolen from other movies of the comic book genre - very disappointing considering this is the guy who gave us 500 Days of Summer. All that said, it's well worth a watch for Garfield's performance alone - and it's him that makes me excited for a sequel.