Every critic goes out of their way to point out any flaws in a movie, which was the case with the Rotten Tomatoes critic death threat issue.
However, here’s a review you can accept as-is from someone not paid to frown upon a movie just because a competing publishing company paid one to. And spoiler alert: Dark Knight Rises was amazing.
The film was absolutely incredible, with its message and delivery.
It did not oversaturate itself with violence and explosions a la Michael Bay films, but kept it clean and to the point while delivering the action Batman fans crave.
Anne Hathaway played Catwoman better than Halle Barry could ever hope to. ’nuff said.
Batman does still growl with every word (except where Christian Bale wears the suit helmet-less in one scene), but clearly the negative feedback from Dark Knight regarding the growling made them lighten up on it a little though it is still present.
In the same vein, nearly making the film impossible to understand, Bane’s voice clearly had gain added to it (and possibly re-dubbed) as a divergence from the original trailer where nobody could understand the guy’s mumbling.
I applaud the twist near the end of the film regarding who the true villain is, as it caught me completely off guard and sent gasps through the theater.
It clearly paves the way toward a Justice League movie: not only did the joker live through Dark Knight, but Bane is never shown to die in this one, proving two villains.
With Robin, Batman, a rebooted Superman, rebooted Spiderman, the Joker, Bane and more to come, Justice League may even have more to offer than The Avengers did.
However, replacing Ledger as the Joker is hard, and the directors are aware; but ample time between now and a Justice League movie will allow people to accept a new actor more.
The score of the movie was unique in that it completely disappears like the trailer during some parts, most notably the awkward fight scene between Batman and Bane in the sewer toward the beginning.
Plus, the highlights of the other troops merely watching emotionless during the sound effects of the fight scene made it even more odd in the face of the rest of the movie. That was the only scene in the entire masterpiece that I felt could have been done much better.
Other than that, the score kept it Batman without trying to outshine the visual aspect like other films. Both the trailer and the film do a remarkable job with sound/music.
The Rotten Tomatoes thing was more than just fanboys lashing out against harsh critics: the critics continue to discredit themselves by confirming that competitor studios pay them to downplay a movie’s greatness.
But take it from a non-fan and non-critic: the movie is incredible. If you loved or hated Dark Knight, you’ll still love this movie as long as you’ve seen Dark Knight though even non-followers can benefit from the storyline.
Go see it. Then leave a comment below for your thoughts. Thanks for reading.
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