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Film Watch - 283. The Dark Knight Rises

Published December 9, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: The Dark Knight Rises Director: Christopher Nolan Year: 2012 Run time: 2hrs 45m

Background Info

We were waiting for this one quite eagerly, and then I sort of forgot about it. But once we downloaded it for rent from iTunes, and scheduled the Film Watch for Saturday night, I suddenly got super excited. My only concern was some reports I had heard that the masked character was really hard to understand. There’s nothing like bad audio to put me off something.

Live Blog

1:31 - Oh yea, Twoface! 3:36 - What kind of mad accent does Bane have?? 6:56 - Harvey Dent Day is a rubbish name! 14:55 - Entrance to secret bunker opens when playing piano. I like very much. 22:51 - Is Catwoman bad then? My lack of comic book knowledge is hurting again. 29:22 - “Might be time to get some fresh air, start paying attention to the details.” 32:34 - I do like Ms Cotillard. 36:08 - Never let strange women kiss you, they might have poison on their lips. Doctor Who taught me that. 38:22 - Morgan Freeman makes a good Q. 48:03 - That’s mental they would prioritse Batman over people who just shot up the Stock Exchange! 49:03 - Batman does good cape. 56:07 - That bridge came out of the water like in Crystal Maze. 1:02:24 - “If you want to save the world, you have to start trusting it.” 1:07:24 - “We could use some hotter heads around here.” Bless! 1:09:21 - Aww, I miss open fires. Sort of. Lot of work. 1:21:20 - They’ve discovered the Batstuff. How are we going to get out of this one? 1:28:58 - A lone child’s voice, a national anthem, properly chilling. 1:39:33 - Those Batmobiles don’t get any prettier in duplicate. 1:45:08 - Ooh, I didn’t see that coming. 1:57:55 - Watching a city crumble is very depressing! 2:08:22 - I like a guy who doesn’t need any extra second to think - one distraction and he’s fighting, no matter what the distraction was. 2:22:00 - Sacrificing her friend too is quite harsh. 2:24:40 - Shooting at a nuclear bomb seems like a bad idea. 2:28:57 - No autopilot. 2:33:57 - Worst statue ever. 2:38:24 - That was TOM HARDY????

Conclusions

For a long film, this didn’t feel too long and that is something I’m super sensitive too. It was really so good! There was tons I didn’t remember from the previous two, but the only real thing that needed to be remembered was about Liam Neeson’s character. It turns out that Bane was easy enough to understand, although his accent was beyond ridiculous. Batman’s whisperings were the trouble, but he doesn’t speak that much anyway.

The twist was good, and it was one of those that we felt stupid about afterwards because there were so many signs! I liked the new characters, there were so many famous faces to spot, what a cast! It didn’t feel like the end of a trilogy, it really felt like there could be more afterwards. Unusual for a trilogy to peak at the end, but my ratings for the three films go 45 then 35 and then…

**Rating: **55

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