July 27th, 2012, 06:50 PM #71
No no you're right. Super hackneyed throw away jokes that have been used cross media for the last fifteen years definitely have their place in a movie about an international terrorist organization that manages to murder thousands of innocent people in a failed attempt to murder millions.
July 27th, 2012, 07:20 PM #72
Oh man. You're right. Movies about a character dressed up in a suit to look like a bat with a cape on who fights a guy with some mech-face device that is there to stop pain because someone with the resources to infiltrate a billionaire's company and find the best nuclear scientists in the world couldn't find a doctor to stop it instead should never have any comic relief. Like, ever. You might be the only person who feels this series wasn't dark enough.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
July 27th, 2012, 07:25 PM #73
July 27th, 2012, 07:44 PM #74
It was almost as funny as that moment in the first one where he gives the bum his jacket and then 8 years later says to the very same bum "nice jacket".
Originally Posted by SmytheKing
July 27th, 2012, 09:42 PM #75
Um...he says, "Nice coat". No wonder you didn't find it funny.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
July 29th, 2012, 06:42 PM #76
I am posting without reading too much here. Want to unload my thoughts first. But Doc...you are confusing the 'Glenn Close on Damages/film her from another room with really soft lighting with all kinds of grease on the lens' technique on Michael Caine's Alfred as green screen. You are just wrong here kid.
Ok, so total honesty. Initial reaction upon viewing...completely cohesive film that avoided the stop/start pitfalls of pt 2. Truly an epic take that tied all three movies together into a nice little package and showed the way to take a superhero and do an epic take that could possibly stand the test of time as the 'Gone With The Wind' of cape flicks. I thought I had a LOT of crow to eat as far as my anger towards Nolan and the Nolanistas...
Then the lights went up. And I started thinking. And the realization set in that this really should be called the Prestige 2 because it's a house of cards that hinges on smoke & mirrors. Before I get accused of critical nit-picking please be aware that the ground rules were laid down by the film makers. Ultra realistic take on Batman etc. in the real world. If those are the parameters that you set you need to make sure that all of your stitches are tightly sewn. Especially if you are going to take 2 hrs 46 minutes to tell your story.
Where to begin. First off, the opening airplane sequence is the movie in a microcosm. Almost as good a set piece and example of movie magic as you could possibly imagine...based in half thought out plot logic which is shortcut by the desire to be bright and shiny. Why was the CIA trying to find out about Bane and what were they trying to find out? Why he wears the mask? Well, there was a pretty important plot point that was never truly addressed. The man wore what looked to be a very inhibiting very constrictive mask that apparently kept his horrible injuries(another oft alluded to yet never truly described) at bay. Like I said, indicitive of the 'well, we are telling you so that should be good enough' nature of the less adaptable to a realistic take nature of things.
Huge plot problem #2...characters who are introduced solely to advance the plot. The financial guy who wants to take over Wayne Industries...wait what? Talk about barely sketched out. And Talia al Ghul...also a plot device and not a character. Did anyone else bristle when she and Bruce inexpicably come in out of the rain and just seem to start macking simply because there is absolutely nothing else to do. No chemistry, no sexual spark. Same as the androgynous relationship between cat and the bat. Grown adults wearing kink outfits and the Nuns of the Catholic school of my youth exuded more sexual energy.Ewwww. There was more sexual chemistry between Catwoman and her 'friend' who cozened up behind her at one point. I'm sorry, but Catwoman's empassioned pleas to Bats to 'save himself' just rang so friggin hollow. And why the great plot...Bankrupting Wayne, bringing Bane in...couldn't Talia have just taken over Wayne Corp and started the bomb? I won't even get into Matthew Modine's less than necessary characterrrrrrrrplot device.
another thing that did not stand the revisit once I walked out of the theater...the constant 'shamalayan/memento reveal/retrofit' of the Bane/Talia/Ras origin triangle. It seemed so organic as I was being sonically/visually bombarded, yet, once I started thinking about it the constant reshuffling was ridiculous and overdone. You lose the power of the 'reveal' when you keep going back to that plot device and shuffling the deck. An example of Nolan overrelying on a trick he used to better effect in smaller more personal movies. Matter of fact, i think that may be the big problem here(hell, Inception too). Nolan tried to apply all his rules and tricks to a movie that is just too big to be constricted in that way. A near 3 hour movie about a guy who dresses like a Bat is bound to have logic flaws that you just can't fix. A lot of times it felt to me that Nolan got stymied by this concept. And if he couldn't explain it away he just swept it under the carpet. Well...we all have learned to look under the carpet by now.
I recall reading someone griping about how the guy who plays a cop on Grimm being a cop in this movie was distracting. Well, that was a constant distraction. Minor parts filled with recognizable faces. The guy from Game of Thrones(CIA agent), Franco from Rescue Me(special forces)Thomas Lennon(the cartilage dr.)the guy from Star Trek who threw JGL down into the gravel pit...need I go on. Whatsammata, can't have just anybody in your movie Nolan. Is every part THAT important? It was like a Rob Zombie collection of b-movie faces. Totally distracting.
Oh, and I am sure that hanging someone upright and punching his vertabrae back in would completely heal a broken spine. No medicine needed.
Things I liked, and you may think I didn't like a lot...but you'd be wrong. The view from the hole in Santa Prisca prison. A nice call out to the view from down in the BatCave when a young Bruce Wayne fell down the shaft.
The Rescue Dawn portion of the movie where Batman ROSE out of the prison.
sorry, I am dissecting the flick and I can't specifically think of anything particular...I do think the movie was very good, but I am discussing the shortcomings and I am stuck in that mode.
I liked JGL's character...but at times it was too on-the-nose. And, the Robin thing at the end almost made me walk out. Grayson...Tim...something not so pandering would have made more sense. In Fact, the ending seemed so horribly condescending to the whole trilogy...The auto pilot point was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hammered. Did ANYONE not see that coming? Insincere...party of one.
Oh yeah, Gary Oldman...well, I am biased...cause I love the man. Still...well done.
Another HUGE irritation, practically EVERONE knew Bruce Wayne was the Batman...dude...lose the growl.
I understand why there is so little BATMAN in the Nolan movies. Unless he is using him in a chase scene, whether it's the (apparently really easy to learn how to ride) Batbike or in the Tumbler or Bat...he has no idea how to stage fight scenes. I have seen Cosplay outside of the Halls of Comicon that looked more natural. Once again, I think that's indicitive of Nolan playing in a bigger sandbox than he is comfy in.
I KNOW it doesn't seem it. I really enjoyed this. I really did. And it seems I am being way critical...but Nolan set the bar...I am just responding. I am just gonna throw this up...I cannot reread/proofread...there is just too much here. I apologize everyone, but there were a lot of thoughts here.
EDIT: Kingsqueen just reminded me that Bane's erudite echoing speech pattern was completely distracting. So he spent years in what appears to be an israeli/mediterannean prison and comes out with a professorial ENGLISH accent. Tom Hardy deserved a lot better for all the heavy lifting he was forced to do. And...did he get undone by the removal of his mask...nope. He got blown away by bike cannons...ooops. way to Boba Fett your way out of a problem.
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July 29th, 2012, 07:09 PM #77
I really don't think I am.
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
July 29th, 2012, 07:10 PM #78
As per the rest of your review...
This is the biggest, longest, most impressive piece of typical plot hole riddled, silly, pointless super hero movie ever made.
July 29th, 2012, 07:13 PM #79
Of course you don't. I expect nothing less. Go see it again. I could not tell the green screen in any part of this movie and you are gonna tell me they ****ed up during the Alfred scenes. Yup, weeks of post production were sure to be cheaper than flying the ENTIRE crew to where Michael Caine was going to be. Yup.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
July 29th, 2012, 07:20 PM #80
No no no no no no.... just ONE SCENE. and maybe it wasn't a green screen.... I just "know" he wasn't there with the other actors in the scene.
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
When he's weeping at Bruce's grave... it's a stand in when he's got his back to the camera and when we see the reverse shot he's either in a studio with a green screen of the Wayne Manor grounds behind him. It
s a total pick-up.