Listening to: the fan in my room
Reading: V for Vendetta graphic novel
So I just saw this movie with pretty high expectations, as you can't help but have them with any Nolan movie.
I didn't want to write a big review or anything but would love to hear some voices about it.
I respect Nolan highly as a movie maker and love almost all of his films. His cinematic syle just really speaks to me.
DKR was good, there was enough to make me appreciate it for what it was. But it's safe to say that I wasn't blown away by it as opposed to the Dark Knight which really is the best in the trilogy. In a way, successful movies tend to be the ones that are able to hit certain trends in society and bounce off of the zeitgeist so to say. The timing needs to be right. Somehow I believe that Nolan's large scale narrative movies have already been embedded and embraced into mainstream so they don't stand out so much as something new anymore. Society's trends are fast paced I feel. Landing a big hit once is fairly easy but doing it repeatedly is the real challenge.
Mad props go out to elevating a comic book character to such an epic and in depth scale in a trilogy that definitely is a huge achievement in movie making history.
Opinions are always subjective and you could probably go as far as explaining away any plot hole or ironing out uneven elements that one deems in need of explanation but others won't. It's just a matter of taste and how you choose to look at it I guess.
There are some plot elements that I didn't like so much and toward the end, some choices seemed a bit too forced or even unrealistic but it always stands against certain limits in a movie format and artistic liberties. If a director chooses to tell aspects in certain ways, let them. It's their vision after all they are bringing to life and I know from own experiences how demanding filmmaking is. (Honestly, sometimes I get annoyed with 'hard core fans' who extensively go out bashing every movie they can find, trying to sound superior when they have never tried to make a movie themselves.)
Personally & negatively speaking:
I didn't like some of the one-liners this time (which seemed to be taken straight from a Michael Bay movie) but then, we're looking at a PG-13 movie.
One of the twists they used at the end was just bad in my eyes. It ruins a lot of what is told up to that point and just didn't seem right.
Joseph Gordon Levitt's role was probably the most cleverly used I think. I really like how his character filled the story.
Anyway, what did you people think? I am curious to know how a 2nd viewing would affect my opinion.
The other day, I watched the Prestige for the 3rd time and I feel it's one of those movies that get better with repeated viewing.