So, after seeing that Hisham would beat me in one movie review, I decided to go see it before he could complete his quest. Unfortunately, he did it WHILE I was watching. But he did watch as someone who knows Batman, and I’ll try to do my “movie critic” review. So, you can go read his review first and then come back here and see what I thought. Oh, and remember: there may be spoilers.
First thing you will feel in this movie is that it doesn’t have a start. It looks like you are thrown in the middle of another movie and that you missed the point. Things will appear later to put at sense in it all, but it makes a confusing beginning anyway. Cut this out and you have a pretty solid script, with no useless scenes or the like. Everything you see has a reason, every move the characters do have a reason, every enemy has a reason (well, except for a few needed for fighting scenes).
The acting is fantastic. At first you can think that picking great names to a movie would ruin the story, like “The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman”, where the mere presence of Sean Connery changed the whole thing. Anyway, that’s not what we see here: every character has his moment, so the other step back, let he/she do their job and then step forward when it is done. No “I’m the greatest actor here” or “I’m acting since you were in your diapers” attitude, not even forced by writers or the director.
The characters themselves are impressive too. I think I never saw an Alfred with so many reasons to follow Bruce Wayne the way it did, or with so much feelings. Everytime I saw him, he was the English butler who is solid as a rock. You never got WHY he is so faithful to his master Wayne, or if he feel something. Not this time. And all the others just do their jobs: Lucius Fox is the insider that gets everything Bruce needs (something I never really thought: how the hell Bruce “stole” things from himself without leaving any clues behind?), Earle is the guy who gets an opportunity to make money and goes after it no matter what, Gordon is the only cop that still believes in the city… Gosh, even Bruce parents get some personality it this movie, not just the two people that die in the beginning.
Another great point of the movie: sound and music. The sound really enhances the scene, making a scary scene into some fucking scary scene, adding a weird sound in the background just to make you feel the emotions of the characters (I can’t recall the scene, but it was a emotion building one and you could hear this low boom in the background, while the characters where facing each other, in some kind of emotional fight). The music also help a lot to enhance the general feeling of the scenes.
A thing that put me down was the fighting scenes. They are fast, furious and so quickly edited that you must be a great watcher to understand them.
Hisham pointed this is a movie centered in the Dark Knight. Well, I think it is not: it is a movie centered in the Batman universe, and that’s why we have all the character personalities in it, and everybody has a role in it.
So far, I believe this movie would get a lot of Oscars next year.