Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay By:Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Release Date:July 20, 2012
Run Time: 165 minuets
We’ve all see movies with flaws we could overlook. We’ve all seen those movies with a bunch of small issues that didn’t affect the overall quality of the film. With movies like that we tend to say they are greater than the sum of it’s parts. This is the opposite of that in every possible way. Nearly every idea in the movie is really good and could have made for a great movie and a proud end to “The Dark Knight” trilogies. Instead, this is just an underwhelming disappointment. It’s an underwhelming fallow up to “The Dark Knight”, it’s an underwhelming action movie, and it’s an underwhelming superhero/Batman movie.
The movie starts a three years after the events of “The Dark Knight”. Bruce Wayne hasn’t been batman after the death of Harvey Dent, and his body has been degenerating. At this same time Bane has come to Gotham. And so we begin the first good plot line of the movie: Bruce learning to become Batman again. So for the first hour of the film we partake in a less than stellar but still worth watching “hero become a hero again story”. Then, about half way through the film Bane brakes Bruce’s back, forcing us to go though another hour of the exact same story.
And that is the biggest stumbling block of this movie. With nearly three hours of run time the best idea the creative team had was “lets tell the same story twice to pad out the film. I can deal with the fact that I disagree with the political stand Nolan took with the film. I can tolerate Bane being a lovesick pup. I can stand the boring and poorly choreographed fights. But when you wast an hour of my life redundantly repeating yourself over and over again (see what I did there), then I have no reason to watch your film.
The only thing that saves this from being a 1/5 is that each part isn’t bad as a standalone story. It all works, it just doesn’t work when you put it all together. And that is really all there is to say about the movie.