You know a movie is bad when you are pausing it, backing it up and explaining it to your spouse every five minutes or so. That was what happened while we watched the Dark Knight Rises yesterday. It turned a nearly 3 hour movie into a 4 hour exercise in tolerance. But I liked it. It reminded me of Aliens 3. Both pictures are tales of darkness. There is little hope in either. But better critics than me have panned this film.
The next day after the DVD had been sent back to Netflix she was still trying to make sense of it. If you have not seen this film yet then read no further as the rest of this blog is filled with reveals.
* S P O I L E R A L E R T ! ! ! *
It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
Betty was confused that the boy turned out to actually be a girl. We were led to believe that Bane was Ra’s son. But it winds up he was only her protector. I pointed out to my wife that in the film all the way up to the reveal (which did surprise me) they referred to her as “the child”. Betty continued to pick it apart. When that girl broke out she found her father, trained with him and rescued Bane. After she grew up and had sex with Bruce I explained that she did not know he was the Batman. All she really knew was that the Batman had about 10 years earlier, killed her father. So when she stabbed the Batman she was unaware she was also killing Bruce (whom we presume she cared for). There is an obvious age discrepancy between Bane and “the girl”. All I could do was remind Betty that we had already sent back the DVD and with this much nitpicking it was obviously a bad film.
Unlike the previous film, we get a rehash of the first without the 007 thrills and a convoluted plot that has absolutely nothing to do with how Robin or Cat Woman was introduced in the comic world. I noticed a lot of negative reviews on Netflix! An interesting dark take for me but for the rest of you it is clear that the Dark Knight Hardly Rose!