This year, the latest chapter of an enduring legend bids us farewell. Christopher Nolan, whose unexpected helming of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight helped boost him as a filmmaking force, brought his vivid interpretation of the Caped Crusader to a stunning conclusion. Though occasionally problematic in many of the same ways at its predecessors, The Dark Knight Rises achieves new levels of excitement and emotional satisfaction as it brings its legend full circle. Continue reading →
I confess to eating a few choice words upon sitting down and actually watching The Dark Knight. It so exceeded the precedent set by Christopher Nolan’s initial attempt, Batman Begins, that one might almost consider the first film a practice run.
The director’s new vision comes out more clearly this time around. This Gotham City is a grittier place, where crime works on a more visceral and less whimsical level than Tim Burton’s creepy delights. Also, Batman is now an established figure in the universe, allowing us to plunge straight into the paranoid and chaotic mess that the city has once again become in the wake of its previous salvation by the Caped Crusader.