Here be spoilers.Non-spoiler version: It's a decent movie, pretty good even. It's definitely not flawless and easily is the worst of the trilogy, but it's by no means a bad film. It's definitely worth seeing.
That's it for the non-spoilers. I can't be arsed to clog this with black spoiler tags, and if you honestly have interest in seeing this movie, why the hell are you reading this thread? What did you honestly expect to see here? If you can't help yourself, that's your problem, not mine.The good:
I liked Bane. More on this later, but I thought his character was great. He's obviously no Heath Ledger but was still excellent in his own way. Also, more Batman gadgets, and the fighting was really cleaned-up compared to Dark Knight where everything was in shaky-cam-blurry-o-vision. The fighting feels a lot more visceral.
I also like Catwoman. Especially the catsuit :D
The plot was good (if a little bizarre), and I think the movie tied up the trilogy pretty well while quite obviously leaving room for future films. I don't know how much of this I was supposed to have figured out before, but it was pretty clear to me from early on that that cop (forgot his name) was going to be Robin. I'm glad that they did away with Robin's previously goofy backstory, and it really does seem like they're going to skip "Robin" altogether and go straight to Nightwing (much, much better). The twist with Talia / whats-her-name and the League of Shadows was a great one too.The bad:
- Bane. I like Bane in the movie, but I hate Bane. Why Bane? Because he's not Bane. He's a guy with ridiculously unnatural, completely unexplained strength (he LITERALLY punches Batman's armor to pieces). If he had the Venom pump, yes. And no, Bane didn't have to be as huge and ridiculous as he was in, say, Arkham Asylum. However, not only did he have nothing to do with Venom, the Venom pump he required to live, and wasn't even Hispanic like he was supposed to be, but he's just a white guy who does a bad Sean Connery impression through a mask that is little more than a relentless morphine drip. The Bane in this movie has nothing in common with the comics Bane, except a brief fling with Ras al Ghul. I don't understand why this had to be Bane.
- The progression of time. The plot revolves around a huge time bomb. The time bomb isn't going to go off for like 5 months. This is fine, but the movie abruptly jumps months at a time without telling us. You don't figure it out until they finally show you the timer, several long minutes into the scene in question. This isn't a huge deal but it was kind of annoying.
- The prison. I'm not the best at suspending my disbelief, but surely the prison bit bothered others too. Bane completely seals himself and his thugs inside New York
Gotham. Everyone knows who he is, and nobody wants to get in there and save him. However, he somehow captures Batman, travels to the exact opposite side of the world to India or Pakistan or wherever
, leaves Bruce Wayne, then travels back and just magically appears in Gotham. Eventually a completely penniless Bruce Wayne breaks out of the prison, and one jump-cut later is standing in Gotham
. He has no money. Alfred is gone. Nobody knows where he is. But he managed to appear out of thin air (quite literally), traveling all the way around the world in seemingly an instant (though this is highly complicated by the random leaps through time the movie undergoes), to say nothing of managing to break back into Gotham, which, by the way, has only exactly one way in or out
- Another big plot point is the fact that Wayne Industries is bankrupt, and Bruce Wayne loses all his money. There's even a scene showing his power being cut. Sure as hell didn't disrupt operations in the Bat Cave though. And despite the fact that it would seem that being broke would mean he'd have to make do without the vast resources of Waynetech, no, he has even fancier gadgets than ever. Having no resources, not even Alfred, didn't disrupt operations even the slightest.
- While on the topic of Wayne being bankrupt, look at *HOW*. All they did was get his fingerprints. Apparently that's all you need to bring a supercorp to bankruptcy. Seriously though, someone in the movie even says that they can prove it was fraud. Fraud? You don't think so? Bane and his cronies literally walked into the stock exchange, shot up the place, killed a few people, and quite obviously and plainly hacked into the system. There's 400 goddamn witnesses to this, and you can't prove it's fraud? The Fed would've frozen trading and rendered all transactions void for that day anyway. In fact, it's not unheard of for trading to be frozen to stop temporary economic calamities.
- The "romance" with whats-her-name.... Miranda? Was the most rushed thing ever. There was absolutely zero indication of any romance there, and then BAM two scenes later, they're shagging on the rug. Seriously?
- Length. The movie is too long. Definitely a lot of material there that could've been cut. It's 160 minutes and it definitely feels like it.The ugly:
- The bomb plot. In The Dark Knight, a huge characterization of the movie is the plot involving the two ferries. Both of them have detonators to blow up the other ferry, and one is full of convicts, the other normal people. I won't go too much more into it than that because you should know this. In DKR, central to the plot is the idea that if anyone tries to leave a remote detonator will be triggered. Bane sets it up so that the military has to use armed force to FORCE people to stay inside Gotham, where the bomb is. Quite sadistic. Except this is only played out in one very brief scene. And it's incredibly anti-climactic. The Dark Knight used this same no-win scenario for great dramatic tension. Despite the obvious copying of the same plot, they simply avoided it altogether. Nobody tries to leave Gotham. The military isn't shown gunning down innocents to keep the bomb from detonating. Seriously. Everyone's just happy to sit around doing ######-all.
- The climax. I'm not going to say anything except that this
is basically how the movie ends. Or, if you prefer a more accurate but decidedly less Batmanny version: this
. I couldn't find a clip of it, but also just picture the climax of The Avengers. It's all the same thing. The biggest cliche in superhero movies, and we got it.
- Bane's defeat was the most incredibly anticlimactic thing ever. I was expecting Batman to use his fear of dying to overcome his foe... but no, he's about to die, Catwoman shows up and blows him away and in less than two seconds he's a blur, and he's dead, and he's gone forever. You barely even see him eat it.The annoying:
- Ras al Ghul shows up in the movie for only 20 seconds. How disappointing.
- Gotham. Rather than a vaguely fictionalized Chicago that Gotham has always been - the city most tightly linked to organized crime in America's history thus making it so appealing for Batman to be set there - is now New York. And I mean, literally, New York. They don't even hide it. Every aerial view of Gotham is Manhattan island
. I don't think even a single cent of the CGI budget was spent trying to make the 'New Gotham' not quite obviously being New York. They stuck an Illinois license plate on the school bus (look for it) and that's about it. Chicago is famous for its particular gothic architecture and great advantage was taken of this in DK and to a lesser extent, BB. The change to New York, though, is quite obvious an quite appalling.
- Wayne manor is easier to break into than my apartment.
- Uh, what happened to Morgan Freeman? The last we see of him, he's climbing away from the flood. That's it. No ending for you, Mr. Fox.
Final verdict: I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't see it again.