Just came out of a Dark Knight Rises showing, and I want to get my initial impressions down so I can compare notes when my genuine opinion forms. And I may have to see the damn thing again.
General feeling? Disappointment, though that was always a pretty high likelihood with the high bar that The Dark Knight left to live up to, although I tried to assure myself that Nolan would do his best to make the final part as self-contained as possible. Which he kind of did, surprisingly, despite the many (MANY) references to the earlier films.
But – and I’m not going to give any spoilers today – the film seemed to drift from major plot point to MAJOR plot point until the final act when it actually turns into a pretty standard superhero movie.
I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it. I did. It was a great spectacle and Gary Oldman makes anything worth watching, even if it’s him tumbling around the back of a truck for ten minutes, but it just seemed like it didn’t have the same confidence of statement as the first two films. Again, not spoiling anything, but I felt Nolan well and truly copped out at the end, in addition to making some bizarre third act choices and disappointingly not bucking the trend of merely using and abusing women.
Of course, this could just be the inevitable fallout from having too high expectations (or it might have something to do with my dozing off for five minutes in the middle – which is telling in itself), because of course TDKR was never going to be as perfect as I wanted it to be.
But then, not being perfect is probably a good thing along with being inevitable. Because if it was perfect, what the hell am I going to say about it?
(I decided while writing this that I’m going to see it again. So I guess there’s that.)