I was at the midnight preview of the Dark Knight Rises Thursday night, excited to see the movie as a fan of the comic book spectacle, the Nolan Batman Trilogy and all the wonderful themes that the Nolan's and Goyer had in the previous films. I was disappointed at the fact that this film was only entertaining.
The themes were poorly limned ideas of Terrorism, Insurrection, Martyrdom and not anarchism.
The "anarchist" group that was portrayed in the Dark Knight Rises was in no way an anarchist group. It was more militarized terrorism slightly based off of the french and Spanish revolution with some weird reference to the occupy wall street crap.
(Awkward and unnecessary propaganda.)
In late 1700's, the people of France over threw the idea of hierarchy, monarchy, aristocracy, and religious authority to make room for equality, citizenship and inalienable rights. In this film Bane over threw the authority of the Mayor (monarchy), police (hierarchy), the wealthy (aristocracy) and Batman (religious authority) to make way for people to raid and party in mansions while implementing forced military surveillance by an army ruled under a cause that was never fully explained, then decides to blow them up. Nolan's version of "anarchist" referenced by the french Revolution had a good start but a poor execution.
In early 1930's, The Spanish communist and the anarchist worked together against authoritarian rule, only to be betrayed by the Spanish Communist party. In this case, Banes army (Spanish Communist) used the insurrection to distract the criminals and citizens of Gotham (Anarchist) to raid and Party in mansions while implementing forced military surveillance by an army ruled under a cause that was never fully explained, then decides to blow them up (Betrayal). Nolan's version of "anarchist" referenced by the Spanish Revolution had a good start but a poor execution.
The audience gets their first taste of Insurrection dressed as "anarchist terrorist acts" (Craftily done by the way) by lacing the concrete with explosives, 8 years of construction all around the city, police being taken out, bridges being closed, the fall of the upper class and the military being forced out. This was kind of cool to watch but then came the Oppression and forced military presence. Nolan's version of "anarchist terrorist acts" had a good start but a poor execution.
Talia Al Ghul and Bane were total martyrs, willing to die for what they believed in, but Batman was made into a mega Jesus like Martyr. He was molded into the Jesus Christ of Gotham, by dying for the sins of the Gotham folk and being providentially ressurected. Jesus Christ/cross, Batman/Atom Bomb. Got to give it to Nolan for that.
Despite all that, if you are one to over look such things, then Lets get to the flaws of The Dark Knight Rises from the perspective of a fan of the Nolan Trilogy.
Why this movie felt rushed.
1. Unbalanced audio levels for Bane's obviously over dubbed voice.
2. The fluid and feathered CGI for the Bat craft (Or "the Bat" or whatever the fuck off).
3. Two week-three month recovery from a broken back.
4. The impecunious and bankrupt Bruce Wayne traveling from Persia all the way to Gotham in a day.
5. The "note worthy" Talia Al Ghul death scene.
6. Batman surviving an atom bomb.
I thought that if Christopher Nolan would have focused his time more on editing or re-taking those scenes, I would have enjoyed this film a lot more.
Finally, the perspective of a fan of the Comic book Spectacle "Batman".
Above all, the ultimate nerd in me will not let this go.
From three robins to choose from (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd to Tim Drake) you chose Robin John Blake? It's made up, the Fuck.
And that is why Nolan fucked me.
Though there is a lot to be enjoyed about this film, it is safe to say that this was not the best Batman film out of the entire franchise. Christopher Nolan made an entertaining film that had an amazing cast with brilliant deliveries, wonderful ideas with poor executions and the most unique take on the world of Batman yet.
In closing, this film is worth watching solely for the entertainment, and the entertainment alone.