The Futile Podcast

Deconstructing 80's & 90's action movies. Relating them to comics, TV, and cartoons from then and now.

9 thoughts

  1. What is funny is that most of the film was shot on actual location and not on set.

    My review:
    Is it a perfect film? No. It is a great blockbuster? Yes, it is. Tonally, The Dark Knight Rises rises above its predecessor in the trilogy, because it manages to balance the grounded in realism and comic book aspects into a tonally coherent work. In fact, though it still attempts to ground itself in reality, this is the most operatic and most bombastic of the Batman films. And, dear lord, does operatic work with the superhero genre. After all, at its true core, Batman, and the superhero genre, is inherently a ridiculous concept. I loved the ridiculous voice of Bane and Michael Cain’s constant hamming it up, crying speeches.

    In recent years, the JJ Abraham’s school of film-making has gained currency. The film moving so fact to one scene to the next that the audience barely has time to register the illogical steps taken by the characters. This is evident in the 2009, Star Trek film. While Nolan does this, he does it with so much more panache that it transcends the narrative, editing weaknesses associated with this modern form of film-making. The Dark Knight Rises is a pure cinematic experience. It is a film that needs It is a film that needs to be experience in the big screen. Even the hand to hand fighting sequences– an area that Christopher Nolan has struggled with in the past — are exemplary; they are reminiscent of the slow light saber fights in the Old Trilogy.

    The biggest problems with the film is that it does not developed the relationship between Marion Colitard’s character and Bruce Wayne well enough; it feels too force. Another major problem with the film is the Howard Hughes segment, it which it is they only portion of the film that drags.

  2. The Dark Knight Rises looks ways more similar to The Dark Knight. Batman Begins looks fucking ugly. The yellow color filter and with the leftover Tim Burton’s sets.

    My ranking:
    1. The Dark Knight
    2. The Dark Knight Rises
    3. Batman Begins.

  3. Christopher Nolan’s films were never realistic. They were grounded in reality, in so far that they operated on the level as a James Bond film.

  4. The league of shadows took control of prison; hence, most of the inmates were “good” guys because they are the enemies of the League of Shadows.

  5. I’m fairly ambivalent about the film at this point. I think my assessment of it as a 3.5/5 initially, when viewed as a part of the whole trilogy is pretty accurate to how I feel. That said there are many elements in the story that I think could have been done better, and a handful of things that didn’t work for me so I think the film on its own is probably more like a 2.5/5 or something. It’s tricky. I may like this one more on a second viewing.

  6. 30 years from now, film historians will look back at the laziest, sloppiest, most pandering era in film-making.

    Plot holes and character development papered over with CGI and fanboy wet dream servicing.
    This is the 50’s all over again.

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