While I did enjoy most of the film I couldn't help feeling rushed through a lot of dialogue. It felt at times like the actors had literally been given 10 seconds to wrangle off 2 pages of dialogue and then cut to a new scene. Maybe the better way was to cut unneeded scenes out. Maybe a scene or two depicting the siege that the Joker had placed on the city of gotham would not been out of line and wouldn't have made an actual Joker appearance necessary? After all, it does seem terrorists do like to beat up on Gotham. lol I did not see the twist at the end and I should have. There were obvious clues. That was done very well and it helped elevate the otherwise cookie cutter Batman plot. My only regret is they didn't use more of the Batman Knightfall comic series plot points. Gordon Levitt would have made a perfect Azrael character. And this would have left the opening for sequels without having to do YET ANOTHER "Reboot". That being said, I do like the movie and it is no worse than its predecessor. The action was terrific. The acting was par. Nothing seemed too cheesy. Well Done.
I just netflixed this finally and can't believe what a great picture this was. It's lack of a larger budget forces it to use it's talented cast to convey the dread lurking beneath the surface. Michael Shannon will win an oscar for something one day. He is THAT good in this! LOVED the ending! I recommend checking this picture out next time your trapped inside during a boring stormy weekend.
The picture is so dated it's difficult to judge but if you break it down it is a fantastic children's movie. The messages and examples of bravery are broken down on to a child's level. I think more kids should watch this instead of superhero sequels and prequels and reboots. Given the right director I would trust this to be remade with modern effects. As long as the source material is not overlooked.
The watermark for which all adventure movies will be judged. I don't think there is one wasted scene in the whole picture. I wished it was longer! I would gladly sit through a few more car chases or temple escapes! The real reason it works so well is the soundtrack. Williams score almost eliminates the need for any dialog.