Monday, July 23, 2012

Is The Dark Knight Rises Badass?

Tonight, I went to see The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX. Is it Badass? Yes, it is incredibly Badass. With that out of the way, I'll share my thoughts below.

The Dark Knight Rises is an amazing film, but at times it feels as if there is too much going on for a Batman film. When compared to the other films in the trilogy, the villain's master plan is overly complex and better suited to a James Bond story. In Batman Begins the plan is simply to destroy Gotham City. In The Dark Knight, it is to sow chaos. In The Dark Knight Rises the plan is, and I'll try to do this justice:

To steal Bruce Wayne's fingerprints, to manipulate the stock market, to force Wayne Enterprises into bankruptcy, to obtain a nuclear reactor, to convert into a bomb, to hold Gotham City hostage, to declare marital law, to kill the rich, then detonate the bomb, who killed the ox, that drank the water, that extinguished the fire, that burned the stick, that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the goat, which my father bought for two zuzim.*

All that's missing was a scene where Bane strokes a white cat.

Other than the plot's unnecessary complexity, I loved everything about The Dark Knight Rises, and cannot wait to watch it again.

*Everything after "then detonate the bomb" above are lyrics from the Passover song, Chad Gadya.