Everybody loves The Dark Knight trilogy. Geeks love it , Girls love it, Jocks love it, Parents love it, inmates love it, Nolan excels at making thinking man movies that also function as pop corn movies. Fans of Nolan think he is a genuis, and god’s gift to cinema. Detractors say that he’s overrated, and simply uses narrative tricks to fool people into thinking his movies are better then they are. Me being Mr. That’s Over rated , Tend to lean to the detractor side.
Not to say that Nolan isn’t a genius, or at least isn’t capable of being a genius, but I think he’s a much better director then screenwriter. His dialogue is absolutely atrocious ” Cat’s got your tongue”, and his scripts tend to have get really sloppy, especially during the third act. I don’t think I’ve seen a Nolan movie that hasn’t dipped in quality in the third act. Inception was going great until it buckles under the weight of itself and really lost me emotionally. The Dark Knight has one of the weakest 3rd acts , for me personally , because it falls into the trappings and just becomes your typical Batman movie. I noticed with Dark Knight Rises , and I hope this trend doesn’t continue, that his movies have gaping lapses of logic inside of them. Stuff will happen that doesn’t make sense that nobody can explain. Like in the beginning of The Dark Knight the joker knew exactly when to drive a bus out of the side of a building, and none of the other drivers or passengers notice?
The Dark Knight, to some, is the epitome of superhero movies. Personally it’s more of a crime drama , so i prefer the darker Spiderman or the Avengers before. Now I’m going to lose a lot of people, but the dark knight trilogy do not have a “dark” tone. Now somebody of lesser intelligence may say ” What are you talking about it has dark in the title”.
Let me explain. Having a dark tone, means having a movie that on the surface level is funny , quirky, or fun, but on further inspection you realize how depressing it is. It also means having characters you aren’t necessarily supposed to root for, and characters who are introspective and self loathing or even doubtful. Fight Club is a good example, it’s real funny, but overall the story and characters and the situations they find themselves in are messed up.
The overall message of The Dark Knight trilogy is hope in humanity and hope in general. It’s got other themes and ideas that ultimately conflict, but basically what I got from Dark Knight is people are good. That’s definitely not dark, and of course there’s nothing wrong with that except it feels like a cop out. The reason people like myself honest to god hate the dark knight rises, but can understand why some people of equal intelligence can like it, is because all the contradictions. The Themes conflict other movies, The overall smartness conflicts with the dumb logic the movie has and plot inconstancies, and worst of all is the tone. The overall tone for your last movie needs to be absolute dread, something that was pulled off a lot better in The Dark Knight. Harry Potter was a much better conclusion for several reason. First it split up the movies into two parts giving both stories time to breathe and keep the story structure in pacing under control. Second it meant that we can really get a sense of looming dread throughout the series. They even desaturated the posters and marketing to make it look like saving private ryan to help really nail home ” This is the end”. The most obvious thing it did was kill off it’s characters. Spoilers I guess, or is it too late? Shit even Twilight had the balls to kind of kill off most of the main characters. In the entire Dark Knight trilogy only 2 secondary characters die.
It doesn’t feel dreadful because Nolan is too soft to kill off any of his main characters. Your last movie needs to have character death or that sense of dread, neither work because the last act is so rushed you don’t really get a sense of time passing for suffering. The lesser intelligent person may also say ” But it’s so realistic and gritty, and he’s Batman” Well you’re not all the way wrong. He is in fact Batman, and it’s realistic and gritty for a superhero movie I suppose, but not really. Kickass was realistic and gritty save the rocket launcher. TDK trilogy always had moments that stick out as clearly unrealistic but no more so then TDKR, and gritty? Not really if you read the comics you realize Batman is a thug. He will break your bones, snap limbs, bring you to the bring of death, but there’s none of that here. Bane even snaps a guys neck offscreen. Nolan doesn’t have the edge like Fincher who would’ve knocked this out of the park. And even if it was “gritty and realistic” outside of relations to other comic book movie that still doesn’t mean it’s dark. It’s more of just a pop corn movie then an intellectual masterpiece people make it out as.
That being said, i can genuinely see why people love this movie. It really only pays service to people who like TDK , which is a lot of people. For people like me who loved TDK but doesn’t think it’s the best film ever, it’s a serious letdown, to each his own