While the shooting in the Colorado theater is a terrible human tragedy, another "wounded" innocent bystander is Christopher Nolan's final chapter in his Batman trilogy. Because of the association with this film, media outlets seem less inclined to publish their reviews (or if they do, proceeding more quietly than usual) and Hollywood even withheld box office reports this week in deference to the victims of the event. Aside from being a highly anticipated public draw, the movie has no other connection to this act of violence - but the media's response almost makes one feel otherwise.
So, given the lack of coverage, I'd like to step up and do my part by saying that "The Dark Knight Rises" was a phenomenal conclusion! Few movies (comic heroes or otherwise) come off feeling this "epic" and I don't use that word here as mere hyperbole. There was something in the scope and mood that evoked the same feelings I had when reading the two-issue X-Men "Days of Future Past". We get to see characters that we know in whole different light.
I'm a comics fan, but not a HUGE one
which might be why I've enjoyed Nolan's trilogy so much. His world is our world and the heroes grow from those reality-founded roots. Additionally it's not a world seeped in "superheroes". It's not the DC universe where Superman or The Flash can always swoop in to save the day. I didn't realize until the end that Selina Kyle is never actually called anything besides her name, and her "catlike appearance" is due to more accident than thematic intent. I've never been a big fan of the Catwoman character or Anne Hathaway, but she came close to stealing the movie!
OK. No more spoilers. Let me just urge you to see this flick if you're a fan of comics, SF, or just good action. The expectations were quite high coming off Nolan's success with "The Dark Knight" and I felt the film delivered, and then some. It's certainly the best new film I've seen this year (leaving "Prometheus" WAY behind...)
As usual, here's some art you may have missed... but will probably be glad that you ultimately didn't: