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Thank you David S. Goyer. Thank you Christopher Nolan. And thank you Jonathan Nolan. Thanks to this trio, action film fans have gotten what is one of not only the best actions films of 2012, but one of the best films of 2012, hands down. And while it is an impressive movie, one can’t help but wonder if perhaps it would have been better served to have been split at least into one final movie instead of trying to cram the entire thing into a near three hour time span. That, perhaps, is the only true fault of this franchise closer……or is it the closer. For those who have yet to see The Dark Knight Rises, Goyer and the Nolanâ(TM)s leave the door somewhat ajar for the possibility of another movie, even if it isn’t helmed by either of the Nolans. What that means will not be given away, for the sake of those who have yet to experience this thrill ride of a story.
The Dark Knight Rises is a fitting title for this third and final(?) movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise. What audiences see in this installment is Bruce wayne having had everything taken away. He even loses his fortune through a series of twists and turns written into the primary plot. That is one of the problems with the story’s writing. How he loses his money exactly won’t be given away, either, here. But the manner in which it is tied into the larger storyline is somewhat roundabout. But being that said instance happens, combined with another downfall of sorts (there’s a little hint there), it makes the movie’s title that much more of a fit. Audiences see Bruce Wayne AND Batman rise. There’s even homage to the comic storyline in which Bane broke Batman’s back. Of course, in that storyline, another character named Azrael had to take on the Batman mantle. That doesn’t happen here.
As subtle as it was there was another factor that made The Dark Knight Rises an interesting movie. In the first fight scene between Batman and Bane, there is no music to heighten the mood of the moment. Typically, with any action movie, said music would be standard. But in this case, that fight scene in question as just as powerful without the music. That’s because audiences see just how tough Bane is. There’s no need for music to emphasize that he was one tough villain. The music is actually discussed in the bonus features in the new home release of The Dark Knight Rises. It’s just one of many bonus features that make the movie even better now that it is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Whether one is a trained movie production professional or simply has an appreciation for the work that goes into bringing such an epic movie to life, the extensive bonus features included in this release make for much more appreciation for the dedication to the Batman franchise. The only irony of the new home release of The Dark Knight Rises is the lack of commentary on the main disc with the movie. That isn’t entirely a loss though. Considering the extensive bonus features included in the set, the lack of commentary is a minor issue. Add in impressive quality footage in the Blu-ray presentation and audiences get a work that is not just one of the best movies of 2012 but also one of the best home releases of 2012.
As previously noted, The Dark Knight Rises clocks in at nearly three hours in length. Goyer and the Nolans should be commended for making such an effort to bring everything from the first two movies and bring the whole franchise full circle. Even Dr. Crane (A.K.A. The Scarecrow) is back again. But because the trio made such an effort, it felt like too much was crammed into too little space. While most critics might have panned the men for doing it, since the Harry Potter franchise did the same thing,The Dark Knight Rises might have been even more of a joy had it been spread out into another movie. It would have left both the most seasoned Batman fans and the more casual ones feeling fulfilled while still wanting more. Instead, it obviously left some audiences feeling winded after such a wild ride. Regardless, what David S. Goyer and the Nolans have done for audiences with not just given this generation its definitive Batman, but it has clearly left the door open for Nolan or anyone else to continue the franchise in his or her own vision. Should that happen, here is to the hopes that whoever should take the reins next will bring audiences a Batman franchise as impressive as Nolan’s, AND Burton’s.
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