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July 24th, 2012
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[film] The Dark Knight Rises
…and falls unexpectedly flat like a loaf of bread that never quite rises.

Maybe it was the voice-limiting of the protagonist (rasping) and villain (muffled) combined with the protagonist's body-language-masking armored suit for part of the movie and the villain's partial mask for all of the movie? Maybe having three stars and the director of a cool-toned caper heist movie together affected the director's tone of the film? Maybe how to escape an inescapable prison was telegraphed way too soon? Michael Caine crying unconvincingly? An action sequence of a giant three-card monte game honestly worked better for me when the game was used in The A-Team remake, honestly. Not impressed by the score and I really liked Zimmer's score for The Dark Knight Returns.

Not sure why the film didn't work for us. Maybe just too many characters and plots and subplots and reveals: not too hard to follow, but too shallow a spread and not enough to invest in. We weren't really engaged with any of the characters so we didn't have a big involvement in the outcome.

Things I liked:
I liked much of the quick overview of the finale scenes showing what happens afterward, although I didn't like the scene with Fox/Morgan Freeman doing a postmortem on a piece of machinery and I found Jim Gordon's last scene with Batman implausible. I liked Joshua Gordon-Hewitt and and his development. I liked how Tom Hardy looked gigantic. There's a big reveal that I liked, but I can't discuss without it being a huge spoiler.


* The Hobbit - Pretty. December 14

* The Expendables 2 - ALL THE GUNS. August 17

* Oz the Great and Powerful - Sam Raimi's tale of how a traveling stage magician takes a balloon-and-tornado ride to Oz. Fulfills prophecy as the chosen one, saves the land, becomes the Wizard of Oz. ALL THE FLYING MONKEYS. March 2013.

* The Campaign - Will Ferrell movie about a local political run between two candidates, both idiots.

* Man of Steel - Zack Snyder's Superman movie. Reserving judgement.

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Date:July 24th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe it was the voice-limiting of the protagonist (rasping) and villain (muffled)

Weirdly, in my theater, Bane could be heard crystal clear, as though he didn't even have a mask over his face. Only one line of dialogue in the whole movie was inaudible, and it wasn't from him--and that was only because of dramatic music playing as she was saying something during a big scene.

(Had the exact same trailers, also not sold on Man of Steel until I see more than the blurry Comic Con footage.)

Edited at 2012-07-24 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Date:July 24th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Interesting: I was in a theater with great Dolby that the owner makes a point of making sure the audio is excellent. Maybe something was off that evening. Regardless, thanks for the additional data point.
Date:July 29th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
I think Nolan to some extent tries to have it both ways with heroes and putting people on pedestals, but on the whole I enjoyed it. Marion Cotillard certainly had a better role than she had in either Public Enemies or Inception, and Anne Hathaway was smart, tough and sexy without 15 zillion ScarJo-style lingering ass shots. Not sure what to make of the not-quite-Occupy parallels. Another theater where Bane was mostly intelligible.

We got The Bourne Legacy, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Hobbit, and The Man of Steel.

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Date:July 29th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
I was pleasantly surprised By Anne Hathaway's Catwoman: I generally don't care for her films or roles, but I liked her better than I expected to. That was a nice unexpected surprise for me. I'll agree re Cotillard in Public Enemies, not necessarily for Inception. As for Bane, maybe it was just me.
Date:July 30th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, also trailers for Taken 2: Kill More Brown People While Winning My Wife Back and Skyfall, in which we learn MI6 is stupid enough to have a list of all their undercover agents on a laptop. I weep for humanity.
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Date:July 30th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
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