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The Dark Knight Rises might be spectacular to look at... but it's humourless and too long
UK Daily Mail ^ | July 16, 2012 | Chris Tookey

Posted on 07/16/2012 12:29:24 PM PDT by C19fan

Director Christopher Nolan has done an intelligent job of assembling a blockbuster finale that brings back a few previous supervillains and makes a neat, emotionally satisfying conclusion to the trilogy of Batman films he has directed. He also has the courage to grapple, however superficially, with two big themes - the fear of terrorism and economic collapse. .......................................................

The bad news is that it lasts two hours 45 minutes, which is astonishingly bloated – and unforgivable in a film that spends a long, ponderous hour getting started.

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To: discostu

The Leo and his wife scenes didn’t work on any level other than Camp regardless of what they were trying to convey. That point in Memento was obvious from the start and was belabored with those heart string pulling scenes of the poor schlub losing his memories. Again just saying that it’s all part of someone’s dreams doesn’t excuse how sloppy and irrelevant Inception was. It left me with a ‘well then who gives a damn’ aftertaste.

John Woo’s ‘Face Off’ (not to mention his early Asian films) was a much better piece of storytelling than anything Nolan has done - and it had a sense of humor to boot. Nolan’s films are totally humorless. Did you enjoy Maggie Gyllenhall’s ‘Damsel in Distress’ schtick in ‘The Dark Knight’? Or Nolan’s lack of facility with actors (Christian Bale is awful in the Batman films) the completely flat dialogue Nolan writes? His bloated films are engineered to make the 15 year old fanboys think they are watching something important. It’s not enough to think big you have to actually fill the general ideas with content. I haven’t seen Insomnia so maybe that’s different...

51 posted on 07/18/2012 10:15:59 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Maybe it didn’t work for you, most other viewers disagree. Same with Memento.

John Woo’s action scenes are amazing. The minute people in his movies stop trying to kill each other he basically becomes Kevin Smith.

Gyllenhall was more than a damsel in distress, Bale isn’t awful, and the dialog isn’t flat. That’s all just you being whiney. Get over it, he’s a good director that you’ve decided to hate to cop a position. Hell I might even go see his Superman movie and I don’t even like Superman. He IS filling the general idea with content, you just apparently don’t like the content, which again is a problem with the VIEWER not the movie. Insomnia isn’t written by him and is his weakest movie, still pretty good, of course you’ll hate it because that’s the position you’ve decided to take.

52 posted on 07/18/2012 10:23:53 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: discostu

‘Face Off’ has funny dialogue. It’s one of the best ‘blockbuster’ type films of the 1990s. I got my position by seeing Nolan’s films. Gyllenhall being tied to a chair while Batman decides whether to save his girl or the greater good is a hoary cliche. You could find that scenario in old comic books and Nolan doesn’t treat it ironically. Bale’s gruff Batman voice was just embarrassing. Tim Burton’s ‘Batman Returns’ has a lot more verve and personality than Nolan’s work. I frankly can’t recall much about ‘The Dark Knight’ at all except Heath Ledger’s showboating. For that matter, I liked Kevin Smith’s ‘Dogma’ more than any of Nolan’s films.

53 posted on 07/18/2012 11:22:47 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

There’s a lot of great stuff in Face Off, but as far as the actual directing of the non-action scenes there basically isn’t any. When there’s nobody trying to kill each other it’s all pretty standard TV, establishing 2 shot, cut to the talker, and out directing.

You got your position by DECIDING what you saw in the film. Gyllenhall had important stuff before she got tied up. She’s the person who knows he’s Batman and is sad about it. The gruff voice is actually straight out of the comics, it’s mentioned frequently, especially during the Bane story cycle. Burton’s Batman is like all the other Burtons, lots of verve, and fun if you don’t actually like the source material, but if you like the source it’s irritating.

Ledger was the Joker. That’s the Joker. Very showy.

I like Kevin Smith movies a lot. But he’s the first one to tell you he’s a plain jane vanilla director who doesn’t even understand the technology he’s working with.

54 posted on 07/18/2012 11:30:04 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: discostu

Ever see The Killer or Hard Boiled? Woo takes great care with every shot. His films are beautiful to look at. The films have to stand on tbheir own without referencing the source material. In Superman II, Lois Lane knew who Superman was and was sad about it so it’s a standard trope. SII gets my vote for the best superhero film ever made. I know Smith is not technically adroit but just saying that I enjoyed Dogma more than the Nolan Batman films which I have found dull.

55 posted on 07/18/2012 3:40:38 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

His action sequences are beautiful to look at. His talking sequences are pretty bland.

Films have to stand on their own, but that doesn’t mean they can’t USE the source material. Which is what I was pointing out, the funky voice thing is a standard trope in the Batman comics that previous film makers have chosen to ignore, and Nolan chose to use. The idea stands on its own, but it’s useful to understand where it came from.

I’ve never liked Superman, in my book all Superman movies are unwatchable, I will probably be skipping the Nolan/ Snyder one even though I like them because Sups makes me want to puke.

56 posted on 07/19/2012 2:46:29 PM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: discostu

I dont care about Superman either but I am a big Richard Lester fan and S2 is something of a masterpiece falling in with the themes of his other films (Petulia, Robin & Marian even A Hard Day’s Night).

57 posted on 07/19/2012 2:59:20 PM PDT by Borges
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To: ClearCase_guy

I found Bane to be very difficult to understand at times. The music and effects were sometimes WAY too loud and much of the dialougue was drowned out as a result. I find the same thing even on some DVDs, and I find it quite annoying. I often have to turn down the tv when a heavy effects or action scene is going on. Turn it up again for dialogue. Does anyone know how to mix for film anymore?

Otherwise, I did like the movie quite a bit.

58 posted on 07/26/2012 8:22:19 AM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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