Friday, 17 May 2013

Movie Reviews: The Dark Knight Trilogy

The Dark Knight Rises, 2012: The film that most Batman fans could ever hope for. Great performances from the casts, with a serious, strong and heavy plot with several unexpected plot twists and spectacular, epic-scale action sequences. It provides a great deal of emotional developments for its hero. Bane's voice is audible and it's not as bad as many say it is.The Batman & Bane fighting scene was intense and awesome. Despite the film is 165 mins long, it feels too fast paced, since it's packed full with complex themes: pain, terrorism, occupy wall street, financial despair.There are so many details to get through and the time just isn't enough. The flow of the story, subplots and development of the new characters felt too rushed, causing some jarring transitions between scenes. Nonetheless, the story did wrapped up quite nicely and provides a great conclusion to the trilogy.It further elevates Batman as not just a crime fighter, but a saviour who's willing to give everything to the people of Gotham. An unmissable film.
Rating: 9/10

"You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak. How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death?"

"A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended."

"You don’t owe these people anymore! You’ve given them everything!" "Not everything…not yet."

"I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."

The Dark Knight, 2008: Ambitious, dark and compelling, the movie surpasses expectations and succeeded not only as a superhero film, but a mind-blowing, successful, unforgettable crime drama action thriller with powerful mind challenging concepts and views. Throughout the film, it raises a difficult question for humanity: "Can we be decent people in an indecent time? Are we capable of making the right moral choices in difficult times?" In the film, Batman tries to show despite how corrupt or bad people are, they still have the capacity to be good while the Joker tries to prove otherwise. In the first film, it established batman as a crime fighter, a hero who tries to rid crime in Gotham. In this sequel, it further shows that Batman is more than a hero as he's willing to sacrifice himself, he's willing to be what Gotham needs him to be, further established himself as the city's watchful protector, a silent guardian, a dark knight. It's the best film in the trilogy.
Rating: 9.5/10

"The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming."

"You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

"They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these civilized people, they’ll eat each other."

"Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

"You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time! But you were wrong. The world is cruel."

"Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight."

Batman Begins, 2005: The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City is explored in depth in this first chapter of the Trilogy. Nolan successfully re-established the Batman franchise by bringing the character back to its dark roots in a grounded, realistic and plausible setting. With a strong ensemble cast along with a smart script, dark and compelling story with plot twists, good direction, Batman Begins enthralls its audiences worldwide. A great beginning for the new Batman trilogy.
Rating: 9/10

"What are you seeking? I seek the means to fight injustice. To turn fear against those who prey on the fearful."

"I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief until the memory of your loved one is just poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed so you’d be spared your pain."

"People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol... as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting."

"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely. A legend."

"It's not who I am underneath, but it's what I do that defines me."

"Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up."

Overall: Nolan has created an exceptional piece of work, successfully in reinventing the classic comic book character. It stands out as one of the best trilogies ever made and will be a definite classic for many years to come.

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