Film & Television

The Dark Knight Rises

By Michael Chapman

This past twentieth of July marked the release of the much anticipated third installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Arguably the best three comic book films ever

made. Nolan treated the much beloved character with the weight and seriousness the fans felt it deserved. The fans in turn rewarded him by making the series wildly successful. The second film alone, The Dark Knight, has earned 1 billion dollars worldwide.

Looking back Nolan treated the first installment, Batman Begins much smaller than TDK or TDKR; whether simply a lack of iMax cameras or purposeful cinematography the young vigilante in Batman Begins feels smaller until the very last scenes, where upon he (literally) spreads his wings.

The second film, the aforementioned The Dark Knight was an epic masterpiece. The astonishing performance of Heath Ledger in the Joker role overshadowed superb acting by both Aaron Eckhart and Gary Oldman. The Batman had grown into his own imagined image. He was larger than life on the streets bringing down criminals. The most clear example of how successful Nolan and his actors were was the ability of the films viewers to completely accept a man in white face paint, green hair and a purple suit.

Sadly we will never know Nolan’s plans for Heath Ledger’s brilliant Joker character in the final installment, surely he had one?

The Dark Knight Rises, the end to the trilogy, has a bigger feel then the first two films. Shot entirely with iMax cameras Nolan intended the film to be viewed on the biggest of screens. Even when watched on your average theater screen the images are bold and impressive.

Nolan’s Batman series leaves much to the imagination of the viewer. The gaps in time between each film allow a choose your own adventure game. Ordinarily I am upset with this type of film as I want to see it all unfold in front of my eyes. Not with Nolan’s Batman; he provides almost too much on which the viewer can indulge. You come away satisfied regardless of the open ended tale.

In regards to the final episode of the series those familiar with the Batman comic lore, or just obsessed with the Nolan series, won’t necessarily be shocked by the first twist in the tale, but the second could be genuinely shocking.

Once again storytelling has left me wanting more, unfortunately the story, at least as told by Christopher Nolan, ends with The Dark Knight Rises.

You can follow Michael on Twitter @NUFC_monkey as he discusses Wrestling, Football and the importance of growing a beard.


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