TDKR started at 12:05 am. We had trailers, then the movie itself started about 12:30. We left the theater at 3:30.
I am going to start off with a confession: I spoiled the film for myself.
If you’re going to hate me for this, please blame Christian Bale. The only spoiler I was initially interested in hearing about was confirmation of something I already knew, anyways: who Marion Cotillard played. When that was finally confirmed for me, I was good…
Until I read the Toronto Sun interview. In it, Christian Bale makes a comment about the ending of the film that freaked me the fuck out. If you’ve ever read my post about three arguments pertaining to TDKR that tick me off, then you’ll know what, exactly, freaked me out. So I had to know what Christian was talking about. And in that moment of weakness, I basically learned about the entire movie, including the ending. So I knew what we were getting a few days before the premiere.
With that out of the way… this knowledge did not at all ruin the experience for me. I contend that this is the best Batman film ever made, and it is definitely my all-time favorite movie. It was incredible. I’m still reeling, even now, having slept on it. This movie had me crying, laughing, and more all throughout. It probably helps that the rest of the audience was interacting in a very similar way, so I didn’t feel like too much of an idiot.
There were some issues with the film, of course. Where does Alfred go when he leaves? What happens to Jonathan Crane? Where exactly is the Pit Prison? How does Bruce get back to Gotham?
It was a pretty clunky film and, yeah, it’s the last 20 minutes that really carry this film from great to epic. I can understand why some people were bored by the middle. The lead-up to Batman’s first return was a tad slow, and the part after that, leading up to Batman’s second return, was also slow.
The biggest criticism I’ve ever had with Nolan’s films is the sound. The difference between the quiet parts and the loud parts are so extreme that you either need the subtitles or you need the remote control next to you so you can constantly adjust the sound. On top of that, when speaking occurs during scenes with music and other noises, sometimes the speaking gets drowned out by the music.
TDKR was no different. I missed a few lines here and there, specifically Bane’s and, in two scenes, Gordon’s. That’s not to say that neither were easy to understand. It’s the music that made both a bit hard to hear a few times.
Also, Bane is no Joker. But this is such a stupid argument. Bane was never meant to be the Joker. They are two hugely different villains with two hugely different styles. I honestly felt like Bane was a greater threat to both Batman and Gotham, simply because of the sheer force and power behind him. Bane wasn’t big like comics!Bane, either, but for that I’m really glad. Where Nolan took it was really awesome, IMO, and I think Tom Hardy hit it out of the park.
Over all, even with my criticisms, I give this film 10/10. I loved it. It’s the best live-action adaption of Batman I’ve ever seen. It is definitely my favorite film of 2012, and most likely my favorite film of all time.
I might be seeing it again tonight. I seriously hope so. It was that good.