I’m surprised it’s taken me this long! The Dark Knight trilogy is regarded as not only one of the greatest accomplishments of the super-hero genre, it’s quite frankly one of the better movie trilogy’s to come out in a while. Sooooo… What took me so long? Honestly, I have no idea. But I do think it’s a good thing that I got around to these movie’s now instead of when I was younger, I’m just not sure I would’ve appreciated them as much. So here we go, time for my opinion’s on The Dark Knight trilogy.
If I have one complaint with this movie is that it really feels more like a prequel then anything else. I mean obviously with a title like Batman Begins you know this is going to be the beginning of something, but the plot actually doesn’t cover much ground in Batman’s “career” really. Still, all thing’s considered it’s a really great retelling of Batman’s origin story, the direction is impressive, and the massive amounts of CGI bats hold up nicely. The acting is top notch, the action is manages to balance the line between realistic and entertaining nicely, and it’s just overall a great movie.
Media Fire rating: 8.5/10
Favorite moment: Carmine Falcone proving how much Bruce Wayne stands to lose by taking him head on.
The Dark Knight
Wow. Talk about a movie with SO much hype. This is probably regarded as the greatest super-hero movie ever made, and will probably continue to be the one great comparison that all other super-hero movie’s must live up too. And is it as good as they say? Probably. I’ll probably need to give this a few more viewings before I can definitively say if this will stand as one of my favorite movie’s ever, but yes, this is an amazing movie. Every shot of this movie has been composed with such care, right from the first shot of the Gotham city skyline, the mood is set. The music is used to incredible effect at cranking up the tension. The plot takes a lot of inspiration from Batman: The Long Halloween, one of my favorite Batman books, but manages to make it unique on its own. And hands-down, Heath Ledgers performance as the Joker elevates this movie to another level entirely. I can’t even say what hasn’t already been said. This movie is just that good.
Media Fire rating: 9.5/10
Favorite moment: The armored car chase might just be one of the most impressive action scene’s ever filmed. It’s hard to believe at moments that it was almost entirely done with practical effects, but that’s just the Nolan way of doing things don’t you know.
The Dark Knight Rises
This really seems to be the movie that splits most people. People either love this movie as much as The Dark Knight, or are incredibly disappointed. I actually managed to watch both TDK and TDKR back to back, so I feel like I can kinda see compare both movies pretty well. And…. it’s pretty good. To be honest, when you have a movie with as much hype around it as The Dark Knight, it’s pretty hard to top. ( it also didn’t help that Heath Ledger’s terrible death kinda left the whole series a bit emptier) So I can’t really blame the movie too much if it didn’t quite stick the landing. That being said, the plot twist at the end is terrible. I mean seriously, who decided it’d be a good idea at the last second to switch the tables on the villain who looked like he was getting the most development to say “No no, it was actually THIS guy who’s been getting all the development this whole time!” It honestly slightly degrades the whole movie looking back on it. But still, I think it’s a good movie. I appreciate the stakes and scope of the series being raised, the acting is still great even if Christian Bale’s Batman voice starts sounding a bit ridiculous, the story still works even if it decides to take more then a few gaps in logic and just kinda expects you to roll with it. And yes, even if he does have a weird voice, Bane’s still a great addition to the series, even if he won’t ever be able to fill that Joker shaped hole in the franchise.
Media Fire rating: 7.9/10
Favorite moment: The plane hijacking scene, might seriously be the best moment in the whole trilogy. I’m dead serious, that scene will never stop being amazing.
So what are your thoughts on The Dark Knight trilogy? What are your favorite parts? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you next time.