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Better late than never, right?

Can I just say I was delightedly surprised at Anne Hathaway’s performance as Catwoman in TKDR. I read in an old issue of Entertainment Weekly that originally, she had agreed to meet with Chris Nolan with the intention of playing some other female character from the comics, because she felt like Michelle Pfeiffer did such an iconic job with Catwoman. That’s when I started to think about how daunting this role must have been for her, not least because she didn’t really have the reputation for it. It would’ve been a lot to take on for any actress, and I think she and the writers did wonderfully.

On to the film. It was good. The only other Batman movies I’ve ever watched are the two in this trilogy (fixing that ASAP!) so I can’t speak for how it compares, but I liked that Bane’s origin story was included, as opposed to us never finding out how The Joker got his scars in The Dark Knight. At the same time, I definitely prefer Heath Ledger’s Joker to Tom Hardy’s Bane. I know they’re not supposed to be similar villains, and this could just be my soft spot for Heath Ledger talking, but The Joker freaked me out more (which is a good thing). He’s completely psychotic and just wants to watch the world burn without any rhyme or reason. Bane, on the other hand, is calculating, has every T crossed and I dotted, and comes off as oddly rational (only, you know, not.) For some reason this logical approach was more reassuring to me, and consequently, I wasn’t gripping the edge of my seat in fear. Plus his voice bugged me. I didn’t understand half of what he was saying. I get that it was supposed to be that way, and I think the incredibly loud volume in my theater might have had something to do with it…either way, it kinda lost me.

Christian Bale was awesome, as always…I don’t think I’ve ever watched a movie of his that I didn’t like (although I haven’t seen very many). I liked that we got to see more of Bruce Wayne than Batman in this film. The part where he climbed out of the prison – I forget what it was called – was a really obvious metaphor, but I cheered along with a bunch of other people in the theater anyway. His on-screen chemistry with Anne Hathaway was pretty good, too. They worked well together and looked super doing it. I dunno what was going on with the fight scenes, though. They weren’t as good as the previous movies. But my god, that ending!!! It was perfect. Perfect.

Overall, I would for sure watch this again. In theaters, even. When it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray, I’m for sure having a marathon party in my apartment!

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His farewell letter, which also serves as the foreword to his book The Art of Making the Dark Knight Trilogy, reflects on his experience as the director of these three films. I think he did a wonderful job on them, but I haven’t seen the others, and let’s face it…Batman had been around for a while before Nolan even came into the picture. Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite film directors of all time, but I feel like writing an entire book about the “art” of telling a story that neither he nor Jon Nolan wrote sounds overly self-important. It would’ve been different if it had been about his life experience and what went into each of his movies, because he’s definitely earned that bragging right. I’m sure that all the sentiments in his letter and the book came straight from the bottom of his heart, but I confess that for the first time ever, I’m a little disappointed with him.