Thursday, July 26, 2012
My review of "The Dark Knight Rises" and how the Colorado shooting affected my enjoyment of the movie
First of all, I loved the first two Batman movies in this epic trilogy. But, I barely heard anything about the supposed final movie, in the Batman trilogy reborn. It wasn't until a month before the movie released that I saw the poster in the movie theaters, and although I was happy the sequel was finally out, I hadn't seen a lot of trailers and advertisements for this installment and I supposed it was because there was no excitement to be built. Oh my goodness was I wrong! I'm not sure why I never saw trailers for this sequel, but maybe I'm glad I didn't, because it wouldn't have done it any justice and it might have even ruined my perception of the film. I am not a big fan of Ann Hathaway; I would have to say I have liked about fifty percent of her movies while completely being annoyed by the other fifty percent. Not anymore. In my opinion Ann Hathaway blew Cat-woman, and her future, out of the water. She was incredibly witty, controlled and sexy as ever in that cat suit. I couldn’t be more proud for the strong female character she depicted. But what moved me so much about this movie, were the new characters and their magnificent roles in the film. It was like several different stories intertwined in such a complex tale of betrayal and entrapment. There was so much darkness, emotion and excitement in this film it actually kept me from going to the bathroom even once during the almost three hour long showing. I love Christian Bale--always have--he is so calm and cool in this final movie, no thrills, just the true, aching and tender role of a broken man. But what I loved even more was watching him become even stronger than he was before, and of course becoming more sacrificial than ever--he was a true Hero. Now, it was a good thing that this film was so good; from the moment we entered the theater I was examining everyone in the room. I was uneasy and it was partly because it was only a day and a half after the shooting in Colorado. I think that although these things are generally not going to repeat, a part of me waits for the unthinkable--an incident repeating itself in such a short period of time; just like the unthinkable happened in Colorado. I had to try hard to burry my feelings and get lost in the show. Every time I would, however, the sound of gunshots and violence from the film would jolt me. It had me thinking about the victims of the Theater shooting in Colorado; probably sitting in the theater hearing shots from the movie going off at the same time as real shots being fired by the gunman in Colorado and perhaps not knowing right away what was happening. There was a lot of violence in the film, a lot of guns being shot and horrible things happening; one of the things that made it so dramatic. But it was a bit jarring after such a horrible incident and as a Film major I felt the sorrow that I'm sure so many creators of the Batman trilogy might have felt watching such an incredible production tagged by such a looming tragedy.