Year Released: 2012
Main Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Last watched: February 2014
Review Date: March 2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
It’s like this… Batman has become very dark and the films have become less enjoyable because of it. Dark becomes dreary and there’s only so many deep, gravelly voices that a 2 hour film can deliver. In this case, it’s a 2hours and 45 minutes film.
However. Yes, I liked this one. After a while and up to a point.
The whole city-wide menace plot is too big to care about and there’s very little humour at all which makes it difficult to care about the normal people that ‘the’ Batman and ‘the’ friends are trying to save. Fights between baddies and goodies are also quite unrealistic so the crowd-scene heroics quickly dissolve into American driven ‘Yeah! Yeah! We Da People!’ nonsense. Honestly, watch the big police fight and tell me you thought it was even vaguely believable.
Admittedly, there’s a good villain – by that I don’t mean a goody, but a well characterised baddy – and he is such a strange, uncaring, lying, weird-voiced baddy that I got to like him quite quickly. Anne brings lots of appeal too, not only because she has some cool-cat outfits but the strong way she plays it feels about right and not just a whimpering female. Christian didn’t do it for me this time and the screenplay seemed to be a bit lacking in the main-man department but there are a lot of little pickups on how the rest of Gotham’s finest peeps are dealing with their lives. All a bit of a round up to end the series, I guess.
Overall, I was very surprised to find I want to watch it again. Lots of destruction, not much hope and a pile of slow moving flashbacks but still, during the credits, I had already decided to keep the DVD to watch at least once more. As it’s an entire evening long and there’s a lot of depression throughout, this isn’t going to be for everyone but there’s a lot of gadgets and ‘graphic novel’ attitude here so it’s possible I was just in the mood for a bit of on-screen, unhappy violence at the time. I’ll update when I get round to seeing it again.
Watch if on TV?
Yes but it’s a long film.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?