It’s finally here PoP!ulation. The final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy will come to theaters tonight at midnight. But ‘Best PoP! Duo 2013′ nominees Tito & Mahoney have already seen it. Did they fix Batman’s voice? Is Catwoman awesome? Can you understand anything Bane says? We won’t answer all of your questions, but we will give you our spoiler-free thoughts on the film. And, when you’re done here, go ahead and leave the internet until you see it.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle for The Dark Knight Rises is the inevitable comparisons to two of the greatest comic book movies of all time, The Dark Knight and The Avengers. This film is definitely not the comedic, action packed, ride that The Avengers was, and instead carries over much of the emotional overtones from The Dark Knight. This film is emotionally exhausting. With Tito raring to go for another showing on Sunday, the more sensitive Mahoney isn’t sure when he’ll be ready to experience this again.
There were scenes in The Dark Knight Rises that were INCREDIBLE. There were scenes that were groan inducingly bad. There were hidden Easter Eggs throughout for comic fans – look for a certain Catwoman comic book cover to make an appearance, as well as a new member of Gotham’s finest. Unfortunately, go ahead and ready yourself for another appearance by Christian Bale‘s Batman voice. C’mon son.
It seems that Christopher Nolan has better ears than the rest of us, because a noticeable portion of the voice audio was difficult to hear. At least for Mahoney, but he may be going deaf. This includes Tom Hardy’s Bane. There may be some of you left out there who are hesitant about Bane. You can relax. Despite sounding like Goldmember and dressing ridiculously, Bane was enjoyable. To the surprise of no one familiar with Tom Hardy, he brought a high level of intensity to nearly all of his scenes. No one will replace Heath Ledger’s Joker, but Bane and his army bring a new level of threat to Gotham. With a threat this large, The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t play like your typical comic book movie, and feels more like a screen adaptation of a summer crossover. Which gives Mahoney a fantastic idea for the next trilogy…
The multitude of characters introduced by The Dark Knight Rises was one of it’s strengths, and Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is the crown jewel. While neither of us are Spazzy-level fans (but, c’mon, who is?), Hathaway’s interactions with Batman, as well as her take on the character in whole, seemed spot on. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a kick ass fight scene with Batman and Catwoman partnering up to take down a collection of thugs that will make you squeal when you see it. Maybe. That’s all we’ll say. It’s unfortunate that Nolan is insistent that he’s finished with this universe, as a solo Catwoman film would be awesome. Another bright spot was Joseph Gordan Levitt’s character, who did excellent playing off Commissioner Gordon, and fit surprisingly well as a normal man in a superhero world.
Overall, The Dark Knight Rises is a strong addition to the trilogy, and cements this trilogy as one of the best trilogies ever. We strongly recommend you make the time to see the film this weekend, before the angry mob that is the internet starts picking it apart. (Looking at you, Kerouac.)