Thursday, February 6, 2014

Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy

Let's talk about Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy.
They are very good movies, each better than the previous.
So the last is my favorite, and the first the weakest.
The end of the Dark Knight Rises is absolutely exhilarating.
All three movies have spectacular visuals.
Apparently they have used CG in some scenes, but I am not sure which.
The flying batmobile in the Dark Knight Rises is absolutely perfect. They don't look CG at all. Maybe because they are not, even though it seems impossible to actually build a flying machine like that. Apparently they used a helicopter to lift the batmobile.
The Tumbler in the first and second movie is real.
The music in all three movies is excellent. All scenes were perfectly edited to match the music exactly.

But there are some things I didn't like.
The idea that billionaire Bruce Wayne spends 7 years travelling the world on the streets living as a petty thief seems too much of a stretch to me.
I don't know if the character of Ra's Al Ghul comes from the comics or not.
But I think it is also little disturbing to see Batman's mentors become enemies.
The lack of good female characters in the first two movies is also a little frustrating. In Dark Knight Rises, Ann Hathaway's Catwoman provides a much needed female strong presence.
In Batman Begins we have Katie Holmes portraying Rachel Dawes but her character doesn't perform any function, not even as a love interest.
Christopher Nolan doesn't seem to be very good at love relationships in general.
The hand-to-hand fight scenes are uninspired and generic.
The lack of humour is also very patent. The only few jokes are from Lucius Fox played by Morgan Freeman.

But in spite of the few flaws, all three movies are extremely engaging,  engrossing.
For any movie the most important thing is to have a good story with good characters. And that is exactly what we have here.

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