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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

 

 

8 years have passed since Batman took the blame for Harvey Dent’s death to give Gotham the real hero that they deserved. During this time Bruce Wayne has become a recluse and is living his life in Wayne Manor while the Bat suit has been hung up. However when a new force comes to the city in the form of Bane, Bruce must put the suit on once again and prove to the whole city that he is the real hero.

The concluding chapter to Nolan’s Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) and Batman must once again battle an enemy who is trying to take over Gotham City. Bane is the new enemy, played by the wonderful Tom Hardy, who fits very nicely into Nolan’s telling of the Batman story by keeping the character grounded in the real world and a totally different type of enemy when compared to Ledger’s Joker. Other characters added to story are Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman (although she is never called this throughout the whole film), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) playing a young cop called John Blake and Marion Cotillard playing Miranda Tate who is a business lady and Bruce Wayne’s love interest. These characters are in addition to the regulars of Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

The film definitely has that final film feeling to it while rocking out at a massive 165 minutes with a lot of this seeming to be 1 on 1 conversations between characters. However this doesn’t detract from the amazing story that is being played out along with the fantastic camera work and the brilliant music of Hans Zimmer. Hathaway and JGL were nice additions and fitted into the trilogy easily plus Hathaway looked great in her outfit.

I believe this to be a great film that gave you exactly what you wanted from the third and probably final Batman film that Nolan will be directing. Yes I think there are a lot of bits that were made for the fans and the comic book lovers but this is why I loved it. Is it better than The Dark Knight? I’m unsure. I’ve seen that film so many times I know it better than the back of my hand. I will need to see TDKR a few more times before I can give that question a proper answer. I did like the little Easter eggs and cameos in the film to give true fans a nice nod to certain themes or characters.

 

Recommend

This film was hyped up so much that I believe it has affected the way that some people have viewed the film. Some people have said that the lack of Batman fighting let the film down. What people need to realise is that Batman is technically a Detective not an all-out arse kicker so I had no problem with this side of things. Having waited for this film and jumping on the hype bandwagon I have not been disappointed by what I saw and I will definitely be making repeat viewings. Go and see this film!

TheFriedGold rating – 4/5 – A fantastic ending to a Bat-tastic trilogy

 

Film Fact

Christopher Nolan said that the film’s theme deals with “Pain”. For Batman Begins, it was on “Fear”, while The Dark Knight deals on “Chaos”.

 

 

 

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The Fighter

The Fighter (2010)

Directed by David O.Russell

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams

 

The Fighter is based on the real story of boxer Micky Ward, and his brother and ex-boxer Dicky Ekland, and how he started in the professional boxing scene. The brothers are faced with many challenges which they have to face together and on their own which include dealing with each other, their family, relationships and drug addiction.

Christian Bale’s performance as the crazy and drug addicted Dicky Ekland was fantastic. He acted the role so well and you can see his likeness to the real Dicky during the end credits when he shows up saying thank you. His performance was noticed by the Academy Awards as he picked up the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role’
award, which was very much deserved.

The combination of Mark Wahlberg as Micky and Amy as his girlfriend Charlene worked well as they played off of each other. Charlene is the rock that Micky needed during all the problems with his family trying to take control of his life and his brother Dicky’s drug problem and going to jail.

Melissa Leo plays the role of Micky and Dicky’s mother Alice Ward. Her performance as a stern and bossy, yet just wanting the best for her children, mother is fantastic. She puts real heart into the role and you really believe her performance. Melissa Leo also picked up an Academy Award for her role, the ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role’, which once again was very much deserved.

What makes this film great is the realism that each actor gives to their character, especially Bale, Adams and Leo. What helped achieve this were the real Micky and Dicky, amongst others, helping build the characters before and during filming. Bale spent so much time with the real Dicky as to perfectly match his mannerisms and give the performance of his life.

I would recommend this film to everyone. Do not think of this as a boxing film. Take it as a drama based on the real lives of a family and their struggles that are fantastically played out by actors.

 

 

Film Fact

The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Original Screenplay – Winning 2 of them.