Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

It hardly seems appropriate to post a review of The Dark Knight Rises today given the horrifying events in Aurora, Colorado. I had plans to write about how Bane seems an insufficient villain, his audio so loud that it places him in an almost different world from the characters (this unrelated from his mask), how Catwoman actually comes out as the strongest character in some respects, how the start-and-stop narrative ends up rushing the ending (the countdown from 23 hours...12 hours...five minutes until the bomb goes off flies by much too quickly, casting aside much real anticipation - or worry - for the end result) and leaves the climax without any of the urgency we found in The Dark Knight, a far superior film that still suffers from an inflated narrative, similarly to TDKR, but is saved by its characters. But that will have to do for now. I don't imagine anyone will object. I simply can't find the gumption to explicate on any of this at the moment. Anthony Lane has written a piece on the shootings, their relationship to film, their senselesness, etc. It is a reflective piece, not perfect, but certainly more important than speaking of the shortcomings of a film which became the stage for such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Aurora.

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