Superhero Movie Countdown — No. 11
Today the countdown continues with an underrated Batman film.
No. 11 — The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Anne Hathaway
Director: Christopher Nolan
Quote: "There's a point, far out there when the structures fail you, and the rules aren't weapons anymore, they're... shackles letting the bad guy get ahead. One day... you may face such a moment of crisis. And in that moment, I hope you have a friend like I did, to plunge their hands into the filth so that you can keep yours clean!" — Jim Gordon
About: This is an underrated film. I think that's for a couple reasons. First, it's always been associated with the tragic shooting that happened in Colorado. Second, I think it's because it's measured against "The Dark Knight." "The Dark Knight" is a rare cinematic achievement, so it's impossible for this movie to live up to that hype. However, when considered as part of the concluding arc of this film franchise, I think it does a nice job. I rate it a bit higher than "Batman Begins." It's not incredible, but I love what they did. Not all of Hardy's mumble core impression of Bane works, but he's a formidable foe. As is time, age, and the best of intentions for Bruce Wayne/Batman. There is a lot I love about this movie, especially the beautiful words at the end. Like Nolan, I find "A Tale of Two Cities" a beautiful and compelling story. The quoting of it near the end of this film always gets to me. As does the idea of sacrifice, of heroism, and of what it means to stand up to evil. It's not a perfect film, but it's an entertaining and beautiful film.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.
Superhero Movie Countdown:
No. 11 — X-Men (2000)
No. 12 — Spider-Man (2002)
No. 13 —Batman Begins (2005)
No. 14 — Superman II (1980)
No. 15 — Batman Returns (1992)