After all the positive reviews here are my thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises.
I enjoyed it. It was a good movie, but far from great.
My biggest issue is that it was a Batman movie without being very Batman. It was almost like Nolan decided he had played all the secretive sneaky ninja Batman tricks in the previous films and was now going to just march him right into the middle of the action? Where was the big clever Batman style entrance and take down? He goes to war with a couple hundred police Braveheart style? Stupid. Not in character. Threw out the play book.
It was bloated as well. 30 minutes should have been trimmed from the movie to make it more streamlined. Over two and a half hours? Ok Peter Jackson.
Bane was an awesome badass for 80% of the movie and then is a non-factor for the climax? I get the League of Shadows tie in, but there has never been a less interesting villainess or less obvious twist in a superhero movie. If you didn’t see that coming you weren’t paying attention.
Lastly, he ends up with the calculating self centered burglar that tried to kill him thrice? Cliche.
Dark Knight > Batman Begins >>> Dark Knight Rises