Starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. A Warner Bros. release. Action/Thriller. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.
The viewing public has a lot of questions about “The Dark Knight Rises.”
* Why does Bane sound like a 180-year-old Sean Connery? Gargamel has a more intimidating villain voice when confiding in his cat Azrael for the thousandth time that he’s going to get those Smurfs. Between Bane’s creaky chortle and Batman’s lozenge-demanding rasp, Maria Bamford could have turned up as Harley Quinn and been perceived as subtle and nuanced.
* Bane’s mask: What is its deal? It seems to involve tubes, hinges and levers, like a mouth guard for a steampunk goalie. Yes-that-really-is-Tom-Conti claimed the mask keeps the pain of Bane’s mauled face at bay, but that seems unlikely, biomechanically speaking. Surely with his resources Bane could afford some surgery and Vicodin. He probably wouldn’t be so angry at the world if he could eat a hamburger or brush his teeth.
* Why did the police officers trapped underground for three months come out looking like they were in there for three hours? One would expect to see the stench roiling off of them. Was there a subterranean Marriott with complimentary laundry service offscreen?
* What was the scar on Miranda’s back? OK, maybe it was best left underexplained, but subtlety is not a hallmark of this movie.
* Why would Alfred let a random temp server handle Bruce Wayne’s food and give her access to a secure area? Maybe he got a sneak peek at the will?
* Most of all, why was destroying Gotham so important to Bane? References to taking down the 1 percenters seemed to be a red herring on his part as he planned to annihilate one and all. Something about restoring a balance of power was mentioned, but without a lot of conviction. And the long con that emerges is a stretch, unless someone wanted to live their life with the goal of being an unpredictable movie plot twist.
“The Dark Knight Rises” could have sent a timely and highly relevant message about the state of our society and how easily those fighting evil can become evil themselves if they give in to baser instincts. We definitely could have used some glimpses of a few noble civilians trying to help out to show humanity is worth saving. Instead, we got some cool new Bat vehicles and some relatively satisfying character arcs. And a lot of things blowed up real good.
Published July, 2012
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