Friday, 31 August 2012

August Film Roundup: Batman Trilogy Special!

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Batman Begins was released in 2005 and I'm quite ashamed to say that until this month I hadn't ever sat down and watched it in it's entirety. I personally think its always difficult to discuss or review superhero origins films because they tend to stick to a formula and obviously you go into it knowing whoever is going to turn into whichever superhero. Because of this I did find the beginning of the film pretty slow starting but not as slow as I would usually expect from an origins story. Of course compared to other superhero films this particular Batman story is much more grown up and well-rounded than most. I particularly loved Hans Zimmer's musical score throughout which fits all three of the films perfectly. There is of course the issue of length for all the films in the series and I'm just going to say it, this film is too long. I don't mind a lengthy film if its necessary in telling the story properly but at times I did start to lose concentration. Overall I did really enjoy this film and I think it was well directed, had a particularly strong ending and was a great setup for the trilogy.

The second film in the series The Dark Knight broke box office records on it's release back in 2008 and this time I actually did venture to the cinema to see it. At the time I felt disappointed because there was such a hype surrounding it and I just wasn't blown away. Yes, it was a good film, particularly the first ten minutes, but it wasn't perfect. As it turned out I enjoyed The Dark Knight much more the second (and third) time around although I do stand by my original opinion in that all the highlights of this film are the Joker scenes and Heath Ledger's performance is the reason it turned out so well. My favourite sequence is still the opening bank robbery scene which I still think is brilliant and of course the pencil trick is pretty genius as well. In my opinion The Dark Knight is overall a much more enjoyable and entertaining film than it's prequel but luckily this is a series that just keeps getting better...

One of the most talked about films of 2012 has to be the third in this trilogy; The Dark Knight Rises. After being a little disappointed on my trip to see The Dark Knight four years ago and it being a rare occasion where I was actually living in a spoiler-free bubble beforehand I didn't exactly have high hopes but surprisingly enough I really enjoyed this film. It didn't get off to the best start as the opening sequence was good but in my opinion not a patch on the bank robbery scene from The Dark Knight
As expected just like the previous two films it was beautifully directed by Christopher Nolan who I believe really is brilliant at what he does. Another factor that has been perfectly consistent throughout the series has been the cast. Huge names including Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine (It's always nice to see lots of British names in a cast list) and of course Heath Ledger have all participated in making the series such a success. And I was pleased to find that all but Heath have reprised their roles in the final film. This time round was no exception to the casting track record with new additions Tom Hardy as Bane and Anne Hathaway who portrayed Catwoman surprisingly well.
There were a few scenes I felt were a little too long and could have been cut down, most noteably the flashback sequences. I know these are necessary for providing background information and character histories but I'm just not a big fan of them when it starts to feel like they're taking over the film a little bit. I also found some of the fight sequences slightly dull and repetitive but I think this is often the case in the superhero genre. Also, like with every superhero movie there was the odd plot hole here and there (I'd like to know how Bane eats....) but overall it was an exciting film with a great ending and I've really enjoyed this version of the Batman story. I like that a lot of time was taken over the series and that they didn't rush to try and bring out a movie a year. The fact that much more care and detail has been taken over telling the tale properly has meant that the scripts and casting have been spot on throughout and has allowed the participation of so many famous names. The combination of the cast, scripts, direction and musical score really makes this series a standout in the world of superhero blockbusters.
 
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