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“My heart goes out to all the lost souls and the affected families of the Denver theater shooting incident. The country needs to review their laws relating to arms”.
20th July’12 : Last night The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) released worldwide after a long wait of 4 years since its widely accepted 2nd installment marking the final chapter of Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It’s fair to say that the man has carved his niche through his past few releases as a terrific storyteller and a complete filmmaker as it is. But with TDKR given the pre release publicities and media hoopla, fans of the superhero and cinema alike are in a state of frenzy with this one. Although I was fortunate to be one of the first one’s to have watched TDK in a special screening before its actual release, there was no such luck with TDKR. But yeah looking back 1st day – 3rd show did fine.Q: How was it? A: It’s a fitting end to the best superhero adaptation of all times. Each pivotal character of the story (which btw is a lot of them) were given enough room in the screenplay to groom and have a fitting ending and trust me its tougher than it sounds. It is a fast paced narrative with lots of things happening. But that doesn’t necessarily equate to a lot of action but more around character and story development. Q. Is it the best of 3? A: No it is not. Its a tough job, the rounding up act and more so when its done on such a large production scale and story. But nowhere did it seem to give the impression the makers were in 2 minds. The writers were in sync with the story so far and every plot and its inherit mini sub plots were rooted to the nature and mood set with its predecessors. I didn’t expect it to top TDK and it didn’t. It set out to stay true to its theme of “chaos” and succeeded emphatically. Q: But is it the biggest of them all? A: Yes most definitely. More drama, more action, more body bags. Twists and turns? heck YES Q: Is Bane better than the Joker? A: No. Not on paper, nor on screen. The theme the Nolan brothers played with in TDK was fear and Joker played an integral part in promoting that aspect to the protagonist(s). Heath’s flawless rendition aside, Bane’s character which is by the way is fittingly enacted by an ever ascending Tom Hardy, is that of a catalyst rather than Batman’s chief nemesis. So in all fairness a comparison is not only futile but ill placed. Q: Best character of TDKR? A: I had the soft spot for Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) all along and this installment only gave it a serious raise. Apart from that, Alfred (Michael Caine) had more words to mouth here and sadly Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) didn’t have tons of scope. The 3 new entries, Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), Officer Blake (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and Selina Kyle aka Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) all had substantial and meaty roles. All of them dug deep into their written lines adequately overseen by the master himself. Bane’s character with the handicap of having 2/3rds of his face covered at all times (barring one tiny weeny shot) had the most sought after role. Our cape crusader (Christian Bale) was consistent & convincing from start to finish. The fact that it’s deliciously written makes it a tough choice but for just the final chapter alone, I’d say JGL, Hathaway will share the spoils at the top amongst equals. Q: Flaws? (May contain spoilers) A: Introduction of Batman was lukewarm. The punchlines didn’t hit home all the time. No crescendo or big finish in thrills. A few weak scenes considering the expectations. Q: Positives ? (May contain spoilers) A: A 2:45 mins runtime feels like 30 mins. Grandest action movie with a true story and believable sequences minus the usage of mindless CGIs. A fascinating combat dual between Bane & Batman. Fantastic acting. Tantalizing background score. Best Catwoman rendition to date. Plenty of surprise twists and turns. Best end to a trilogy after Return of the King.
Final word? Go and bloody watch it. There is absolutely no excuse for not. The best action movie of the year, hands down. But please don’t expect any oscar noms, barring the slight possibility of Hans Zimmer squeezing through. But I think the Academy is removing original music category, or was it original song? Oh ok may be a slight nod for best sound editing then. Yes almost as good as Inception but no James Newton Howard here.Final score: 4 /5
Some incredible trivia about The Dark Knight Rises can be found here
Here is a look at behind the scenes & interviews. Interesting watch :
So here it is, the 3rd and the most convincing (if that was humanely possible) trailer of the most discussed movie of the decade.
As good as it’s production values are, I wonder who cuts his trailers ? How can they be these darn brain freezingly awesome? The first time I watched “Inception”‘s trailer in the theatre I was convinced that it couldn’t be topped. Well this one pretty much smashes it out of the window and that’s a bloody good thing. Its the same brain behind both. & Dont we just adore the man.
Here’s Christopher Nolan’s version of the cape crusader’s story, in his 3rd and conclusive edition called “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Anyway here we get a glimpse of what’s in store. It’s obviously classical mayhem at its best with slow build-up in the background score leading to its theme hitting crescendo by the time the credits come up. I mean consider a feature with a line up that includes Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and you still await its release for the story and the action. Only Nolan could have done it. & I dont usually count my stars before a movie’s release but this trailer has pretty much left me with no choice.
Damn 13 more weeks to go. How unfair incredibly unfair !!! LOL
P.S. I love how Nolan releases his movies right before his birthday (which I coincidently share with him Go figure LOL
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the news on The Dark Knight Rises inside the Empire magazine’s latest issue. Specifically, let’s hear from director Christopher Nolan first, and see what he’ll divulge about the film. “It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state.”
If You thought he gave a lot, there’s more : “With Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.”
Speaking of physical challenges, what can Tom Hardy tell us about Bane? ”He’s brutal. Brutal. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”
Costume designer Lindy Hemming also lets drop a few clues to his backstory as she talks about Bane’s look. On the mask, she says, ”He was injured early in his story. He’s suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can’t survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two cannisters.”
The magazine should be out very shortly and The Dark Knight Rises is touted to release world over on July 20, 2012.
Its prologue, Nolan has confirmed, will be in select IMAX cinemas on December 21. As with The Dark Knight, it will be – according to Nolan – “basically the first six, seven minutes of the film” and will serve as “an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film.”
Here’s the chilling teaser trailer if You have not seen it already. Enjoy
Story originally published on Empire Online
After a couple of tv movies since his 2008 NYPD Police drama “Pride & Glory” and 2004′s widely acclaimed “Miracle”, director Gavin O’ Connor makes an impeccable return to top flight with his family, sports / drama : “Warrior”. If You find it odd to have 3 genre’s tagged to the title, You may be intrigued to know that I was very tempted to call it a thriller, initially. The story line building to its climax is such.
Having seen the trailer a couple of months back with names like Nick Nolte (needs no introduction) playing father and, an almost unrecognisably buffed Tom Hardy (a very hot pursuit since Inception and Nolan’s 3rd and final episode of Batman’s cast announcement) and celebrated Australian lead Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, 2010) fighting it out inside a MMA ring with Director Gavin O’Connor at the helm, kicked in the curiosity factor. Finally managed to watch the feature, (which surprisingly is a limited release in Malaysia), and can now vehemently testify that its one of the best movies of 2011, yet.
The story begins with the backdrop of an underlying troubled past of an estranged family most likely since their mother’s demise, with its living members, the 2 sons (Joel & Tom) and father (Nolte) brought together after a hiatus. The unspoken pain in the 3 characters Nick (probable Oscar nom for best supporting – yes its that good), Tom and Joel is smartly written and even better enacted. The common thread of fighting inside the ring binds them all. There’d be plenty of instances in the first 3 acts, where You may swear You’ve seen it all before but somehow the compelling act both with their bodies and well written/mouthed dialogues of the leads keeps You completely gripped to the happenings as they unfold. There is a certain under cooked sub plot for the development of Tom’s character that could have been better depicted. But that leads to the the finale with well, not so much of a surprise ending, but as I must have mentioned before, superbly executed stunts, high voltage emotional drama peppered with stylishly well synced MMA fight sequences and everything a complete sports movie could ask for.
I had said this before and I’d say this again. Gavin (the director who plays a small cameo), Joel, Nick and Tom Hardy are the stars of the movie and their pitch perfect portrayal of their respective characters is what You take home from not the most original story You’ve ever heard. But then again I’d like to think the people behind the scene who strive to make everything make believe, succeeded beyond their own expectations. Read it somewhere when an exponent of the art and an avid fan of MMA, admitted that “Warrior” has the best and the most real depiction of the fights that happen inside a ring. I mean there is something solid about this one. And its obviously not only for fight fans. So don’t miss this one.