The Dark Knight Rises

If you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet and don’t want to hear another thing, well, this is your cue to leave.

If you haven’t seen it yet and want to hear a bit about it, in general, hand-wavy terms, well then, the first part of this post is for you!

I’ll put a big warning after the general hand-wavy bits, so you don’t see any spoilers.  Seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t read past the warning.

The Dark Knight Rises was enjoyable.  Though, the first hour or so felt weird- it was choppy and didn’t flow properly.  I could tell where they had to edit out chunks of dialogue, and sometimes their cuts were jarring.

Bane’s voice was weird at the beginning also- way too loud, and not very well integrated into the soundtrack.  It got better somewhere in the middle of the film, and thank goodness- it was terribly annoying.  Though I can see why they did it- he was hard t understand, but I could make out most of his dialogue.  I imagine he was impossible to hear properly before so much futzing with his voice.

All the actors were superb.

The soundtrack didn’t do it for me; that “Hacka-hacka-eece-eece-hacka-hacka” chanting you’ve heard from the trailer was used and used, but not really to its full potential.  The music distracted rather than immersed.  Though the one use of the Batman theme that popped really was well timed- perhaps I only noticed the parts that didn’t work for me.

Where it fell flat: the writing.

The themes were weird- they had some good solid ideas there, but they sort of danced over them.  Nothing really felt important.  There were a ton of surprises in the film, but, excluding the very end, nothing really had an impact.  Some of the dialogue was downright bad.  :/

Despite all of these flaws, it really was a good movie.  I enjoyed it.  Sad to see Nolan’s Dark Knight come to an end.

Well, thanks for reading.  I hope you enjoy the film!

Alright!  WARNING TIME!  EXTREME WARNING!  SPOILERS BELOW!

 

SERIOUSLY!  TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT!

I was calling it that they’d kill the Batman.  It makes sense.  End the franchise, finish the character in a way that fits with the whole feel of this series.

And well-  Nope, sorry, I can’t talk about it yet.  I really, really don’t want to spoil it.  If you’ve seen it, then you know how it played out.  What I will say is that I think they made a mistake.  The ending made me happy at the time, but, reflecting on it, I think they made a mistake.

A huge mistake.

I’ll write more about it in a while, after the masses have seen it.

See it.

-Heidi out.

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About H.G. Bells

H.G. Bells writes around the intersections of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. She has several short stories in print, and is repped by Beth Campbell for her novel Sleep Over, coming soon from Skyhorse Publishing.
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