(Ethan Gates)– Permit me this week to take a break from my usual snobbish film buff personality and descend briefly into the role of slobbering fanboy. You see, the full trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” came out yesterday. I am….excited.
I’m sorry, did I say I was excited? I meant YESYESYESYSEYSEYSEYSENAMFNKJDBFOASFBNbKJADF>mAFbdnfcoubWFjsDV,.m ZXF;oauEbfskjDV.ZXM CJSHDFVKAdjsfbbjfkS DvmNSDvkS>JBrwlufsk.fsdjhrYAAAAAAAAYYYYY
OK, I’m going to try and dial it back for the moment and give some objective commentary.
NO I’M NOT, THIS TRAILER IS AWESOME AND THE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME AND LIFE IS AWESOME
Stop it, stop it! Breathe – gather. All right, if you have seen the first two installments in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” and haven’t been impressed, there’s certainly not going to be anything here that wins you over. But, if you are like me and think that
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN IS GOD’S GIFT TO MAN, SENT HERE TO GIVE US THE BATMAN MOVIES THAT WE HAVE SO LONG PINED FOR
then this trailer is very, very, very promising. Nolan’s visual artistry is on full display here, with extraordinary set design, giant action set pieces and Wally Pfister’s stunning cinematography all popping out instantly. No director has ever brought such a strong sense of iconography to a superhero film before; there’s something in Nolan’s sense of space and composition that telegraphs directly to the viewer that they are witnessing something legendary. The effects are terrific: just like “The Dark Knight” trailer had that money shot of the semi truck flipping over, here we have that “no waaaaaay” sequence of an entire football field collapsing to knock our socks off. And while it’s all pretty much lifted straight from “The Dark Knight,” Hans Zimmer’s score is still brilliant enough to warrant applause: the way that eerie, suspenseful whine builds to a maddening crescendo, topped off with thundering brass that declares “THIS. IS. BATMAN.”
There’s no doubt that we’re all going to miss Heath Ledger’s Joker,
THE BEST FREAKING VILLAIN EVER PUT ON SCREEN, WE MISS YOU HEATH GAAAAAHHHH
But my God, Batman certainly has enough menace on his plate with Tom Hardy’s creepy, masked, lumbering Bane (and I’ll tell you right now, if there’s anyone who can match Ledger’s villainous chops, it’s Hardy), and Anne Hathaway’s alluring, femme fatale-esque Selina Kyle (Catwoman). There’s so much going on here that we still have no idea what Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are doing, but I’m thrilled that Nolan’s former “Inception”-mates are along for the ride.
And how about those unexpected zeitgeisty parts about Gotham’s upper crust getting their just desserts? Hathaway’s speech sounds like an Occupy Wall Street protestor who finally snapped. Perhaps “The Dark Knight Rises” will strike relevancy gold and find a timely message for these unsettled times amongst the superhero spectacle.
“THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” IS GOING TO WIN ALL THE OSCARS, EVER!!!!
No, no, no it’s not, calm down. But seriously, if you thought “The Dark Knight” was good, “The Dark Knight Rises” has the potential to blow past it. I’m serious. No director on a major superhero franchise has ever been given the chance to actually wrap up their narrative before. Nolan isn’t just trying to make a single good film, but close the book on an entire trilogy in definitive fashion. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nolan isn’t exactly a master filmmaker like Kubrick or Hitchcock, but he is possibly the greatest storyteller working today – he holds every twisting little piece of a narrative in his head and can bring them all together in ways you didn’t think were possible. That’s how he made “Following,” that’s how he made “Memento,” that’s how he made “Inception.” Now he’s bringing three movies’ worth of material together.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE