|"Loses all respectability at that moment" Narry B|
Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway
"His only crime... was that he loved me" (*Narry B spontaneously pukes all over the TV screen*)
Rises' script features such powerful lines as the above. The film plays host to a whole heap of cliches, in fact:
- The invincible villain makes an entrance
- The superhero is defeated
- He trains hard while in exile
- He returns and beats him with ease
- There's a final "shocking" plot twist
- The film sets itself up all too nicely for a sequel, against all the odds
This is 'plot by numbers', straight out of the ABC of filmmaking. Of all these, no. 5 is the most ridiculous. The last minute identity twist adds nothing to the story. It only serves to undermine the character of Bane, who would otherwise be one of the better villains from modern comic book films.
Rises mimics some elements of Hugo's Les Miserables in order to hint at a deeper political meaning. Yet the overall story is utterly facile. It would have been better off trying to be an all out entertainment feast, instead of hinting at revolutionary ideals.
Admittedly, the film is kind of compelling - the first half in particular. There's plenty of action and it's very pacy. You can't fault the production values, either - for £200m you'd expect that, at least. Anne H is excellent as Catwoman, and provides the movie's best moment wherein she pretends to be hysterical when the police turn up after she causes a ruckus in a bar. And, as Smaltz noted, Bane is a great villain - which is why it's so annoying that all his credence and cachet is taken away at the end.
But at the end of the day... "His only crime was that he loved me..."
I'm afraid you lost all respectability at that moment, Christopher N.