Guest blogger hails 'Dark Knight Rises'
I saw "The Dark Knight Rises" Monday night, and I was wowed, literally. It's the greatest movie I have seen in last 20 years, and that's no exaggeration.
It steamrolls "The Dark Knight," and makes it look meek on all levels. The story was near flawless, the action intense and the acting perfect. The ending was best movie ending I have seen. Ever.
A friend asked me if it was better than "Batman Begins," and I hesitated. But after I thought about the Florence scene, I said "absolutely." That was genius. I would have loved the movie if it ended with Robin John Blake entering the Batcave, but when Christopher Nolan threw in Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle ... wow!!
Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway stole the show. I thought Hardy's Bane was top-three movie villain of all-time, even better than Heath Ledger's Joker in "The Dark Knight." Bane was creepy, intense and intimidating, and the fact he acted with hands and eyes for most of the movie certainly says something. The voice was so creepy and well-placed. Sure, Ledger's character was iconic, but the Bane character would have mauled (probably using the Darth Vader choke!) the first glimpse or threat of a purple-coated clown. Kyle was surprising on all levels. I didn't think Nolan's interpretation of the iconic character would be that cool. Levitt was Levitt, great, not good. I'm wondering if he actually will be Robin or Nightwing?
Scenes in "The Dark Knight Rises" that were some of best: The sewer fight between Bane and Batman without music; the Batpod reveal chasing the motorcycles; and of course any scene with the Bat. The most memorable were the Florence scene (obviously) and Batman/Selina Kyle fighting Daggert's guys on the rooftop. For a few seconds you see this stalking, brooding Bane, casually strolling like wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin to the excitement. Awesome.
Everything about "The Dark Knight Rises" was super-cool. Unequivocally, the best comic book movie ever, and the best trilogy ever.