1:21 pm Jul. 20, 2012
The final part of Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy opens today in theaters.
Here, Steven Boone (whose memorable review of the Nolan film Inception you can read here) and Ben Parker weigh in on the thrills, and the disappointments, of the last Nolan 'Batman' film.
"You talk about 'The People' as if you owned them," Jed Leland said to newspaper baron Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane. That's how Wayne and Bane talk about everyday people in The Dark Knight Rises, and even though Dickens-inspired Nolan clearly believes that Wayne's concern for all the working stiffs and orphaned waifs out there is sincere, I think all three—the director and his modified D.C. comics characters—are full of shit.
No one has ever wanted to be thought of as “cerebral” as much as the director of Memento and Inception. The Batman films that he's made have been less gimmicky in their convolutions—no dreams within dreams or backwards storytelling—attempting instead something on the scale of a Victor Hugo novel or Wagner opera. But along with that comes all the bombast and shallowness of a Hugo or a Wagner, with their addictions to backstory and exposition, tinny melodrama, and characters whose sole purpose is to advance a stalled plot.