July 25, 2012

First Impressions: "The Dark Knight Rises" (no spoilers)

How does one even start?

Let's just say that there is a reason that I'm still awake at this hour (4:00 am) despite the fact that I'm going to work tomorrow morning...

As you might have guessed that reason is nothing less than the mid-night premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. Unless you've been living under a rock, you might have heard of it?

To not exaggerate too much, I have to say that my expectations were extremely high! Let's just get it out there in the open... I'm a Batman fan. That kind of fan who wrote a 19 pages long school assignment about him this spring. For me, and a lot of other people all over the world, one question has been shining bright in our minds these last couple of months:

How can he top, or even match, The Dark Knight?

It seemed like an impossible task. The man himself, Christopher Nolan, had set the bar so high up that many doubted he'd be able to clear it. I mean, The Dark Knight has been my absolute favorite movie since the first time I saw it. With it Nolan made a new genre in the movie industry. A new way of making a movie. His secret? Never to underestimate his audience. He got his confirmation with Inception in 2010. The world loved this new form of movies!

Talk about marketing?
But in addition to all the praise received by his previous creations, the marketing for this third and last Batman movie has been tremendous, and it has been going on for months! Banners and posters and competitions and so on has been successfully been adding fuel to the excising hype among the fans. It seems that Nolan is one of the few guys who knows that less is more in terms of spoilers and information and such. Keeps everyone on the edge wanting more.

Today, finally having watched the movie that the entire world has been waiting for, I've got only one thing to say...

Why did I ever doubt Christopher Nolan!

I'm going to keep this 100% spoiler free, (I know just how annoying spoilers can be!) so naturally I won't tell you anything at all about the actual story... Except that it's brilliant. And as far as the film goes, I am just stunned and in awe of the man who has finally given Batman a legacy to be proud of!

It was so good I compleatily forgot to pay attention the the filmatics and how it was made and what I liked and all of the other things I usually look for and think about. For probably the first time since I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End as a 12-year-old 8th grader, I was so lost in the movie that nothing else mattered for three straight hours. I just enjoyed.

As you might have noticed, these movies are quite dark, and frankly this is the darkest one by far. Nolan said in an interview with Empire Magazine a while back that he'd given each of the filmas a theme. The first was "fear", the second "caos", and this third bore the appealing word "pain". And pain there was.

The beauty of this version of the Batman story is that it's all so realistic. In this one I actually felt there was a lot at stake. I caught myself thinking "This might actually not end well..." I had no clue! In a lot of super-hero movies the entire world is at stake as it is attached by aliens or robots or a giant comet or something equally terrifying. With Rises it just feels different. Like most of it could actually have happened. This makes even the pain feel real. Pain, despear and anger. But it is because of that you suddenly find yourself feeling the hope from within you. Not from the screen but from the movie theatre. From the audience breathing synchronized and sitting on the edge of our seat even through the parts where nothing happened.

Throughout the movie you constantly have the feeling that something will happen, but you don't know what! And the last thing that makes Nolan the best director in the world (Oscar on its way?) is that you never know what he might do! He has shown us that he has no limitations and follows no rules.

Nothing, and no one, is sacred and everything can be done if he decides that's what he wants. As an audience this makes you feel totally out of control. "What?" you say. "It's no regular Hollywood-style  super hero action movie?" NO. It's not. But that's why you'll love it!

I honestly don't know how to describe for you just how good, brilliant, grose, heartbreaking and epic The Dark Knight Rises truly is, so I guess you'll just have to go see it yourself to find out. I promise you'll not be waisting your money!

Bente :)

Just added some sneak peaks from the movie theater...