Eh. It was okay. I’d heard everybody saying omg such an amazeballs movie. And the reviews are excellent (currently 87% on Rotten Tomatoes). So, although I hadn’t actually READ any of those reviews, I still went in with every high expectations. And left all meh-y instead.
Massive spoilers ahoy! STOP READING NOW if you’re anti-spoiler-inclined…
So. I know it was a physical representation of Wayne climbing out of his darkest moment into the light (including bonus!LEAP OF FAITH) but the hole-in-the-ground prison was just beyond my ability to merrily accept without losing my immersion in the film.
Nobody gets out? I’m sure there were rock climbers in audiences around the world laughing at that one. Perhaps if the hole was smooth-walled & nobody had any ropes. But it’s studded with blocks of stone — masses of handholds & footholds there. Plus, who gives loads of rope to a bunch of criminals in a hole-in-the-ground prison? Plus, how did he get TV reception that far underground? Plus, how could he possibly get back to full Batman strength by eating — what, dried mango slices? and doing a few press-ups? The whole sequence expelled me from the story.
Then of course, because it’s magic movie land, he reappears in
New York Gotham. From a whole other country. Through police barricades. With no money or food or shoes or passport or resources, except some rope and maybe some dried mango slices. (Maybe I’m just jealous. As a writer you can’t segue scenes like that with no explanation.)
The literal ticking time (atomic)bomb was stock standard. Pulled off the shelf of action movie tropes. Didn’t even try to reinvent it.
I pretty much didn’t understand anything Bane said. And a few things Batman growled.
In general, the plot felt simplistic — TICKING ATOMIC BOMB OHNOES — yet overly convoluted in other places: stock exchange rampage in order to make some dodgy deals under Bruce Wayne’s name in order to bankrupt him in order to take over his company in order to get access to the fission reactor inner sanctum. (Did I get all that right?)
I feel Bane & co might have benefitted from reading “The Top 100 Things I’d Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord“. Points to take note of in particular:
- 4: Shooting is not too good for my enemies
- 15: I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.
So when the film finished, I left thinking about those things, and they’ve coloured my impression. In summary: I thought it standard generic Hollywood fare.
What I did like? Bane’s quiet tear as his excruciating pain is reduced by the French lady. That was a nice moment. Was the tear for her or for his agony? Perhaps they are the same thing to him? It’s a shame their whole relationship was blurted out in 2 minutes of expositionary dialogue & flashbacks. And I liked the very first moment Selina Kyle shifts to Catwoman. I though that change in expression was so well done by Anne Hathaway.
I also liked that this movie was a good example of how to be a total meanie to your main character in order for him/her to move forward (choose to fear death = choose a life worth living). We see everything get taken off Wayne/Batman — his love, his money, his mansion, his Alfred, his hidden weapon cache, his physicality, and then his beloved Gotham. All so he can come back all rara & save the day & go off to live happily ever after in Italy lala, a fitting end. Also I SO PEGGED youngster cop’s future role even if his name wasn’t Dick Grayson!
(How cool is Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Does anyone else feel like watching old episodes of Third Rock From the Sun now?)