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: Okay, now that I’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises I…
Don’t spoil it, but is “The Dark Knight Rises” as good/or better as “The Dark Knight”?
Well, I’m just going to say, The Dark Knight is my fourth favorite film of all time, right behind Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Black Swan, and All About Eve. So when I saw it I had almost unrealistic expectations.
Short answer: neither.
But a short answer doesn’t do justice. Despite my utter love for The Dark Knight, I have always felt, personally, that the film didn’t go into the implications of what would happen when a society descends into complete chaos. It did it’s best given the story though, and it was one heck of a story. (I still feel the ferry scene is one of the greatest film moments of all time)
The Dark Knight Rises though, looking back at it, does explore those implications. I’m not sure, however, I was fully aware of what putting it on screen would mean.
Complaint: after the film ended I overheard a couple of kids remarking that it felt that the film was almost two films smashed together; a explanatory first half and a action-filled, emotional second. I do, however, feel that they were both needed in the story. The first half, was however, amazing for what it had to do. But the second half - woah - oh my gosh. I was utterly blown away. Everything about it I loved. It even rivals The Dark Knight's conclusion in my book.
Lastly, there was another problem I had. I went in only have seen The Dark Knight, and not having seen Batman Begins. That was a mistake, and I realized that the film had a lot of plot points that go back to the first film, and for me having not seen it I was lost in a few spots.
However, with all of that - I still enjoyed myself. It’s an amazing film. It doesn’t reach the heights The Dark Knight managed to scale, but it’s still technically awesome, and by the end [NO SPOILERS] I was in tears.
In fact I’m seeing it again in IMAX next week. It deserves to be watched in theaters. And hopefully by then I’ll have seen Batman Begins. :]