Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Dark Knight Rises Review

The Dark Knight Rises, 3/30/19, 94%, A, 4.5 Stars.
The epic conclusion doesn’t rise above its recent predecessor, but is a great movie all the same.
Plot
-Pacing 9/10
The movie is a bit long, but it is full of quality narrative.
-Coherence 7/10
This is perhaps the weakest point of this whole movie, because there are some questionable story decisions and some productions errors. The stock exchange sequence goes from day to night unbelievably fast, and then there’s no clarity to how some of the characters figured out Bruce was Batman or how Bruce got back to Gotham from whatever prison Bane threw him in with zero resources. My only other complaint is that the League of Shadows could have not wasted time holding the city hostage, but Bane isn’t Ra’s Al Ghul when it comes to execution of the plan, so I’ll let that slide.
Characters
-Relatability 9/10
I think we’ve all had our low points, and Bruce’s predicament, while drastic, feels very relatable. He gets everything taken away from him, and has to overcome the odds. I think we all have our moments like that.
-Development 9/10
I found myself invested in the outcome thanks to the fact that Bruce was brought down and built himself up, making me care for him as a character.
Picture
-Visual Believability 10/10
The visual effects were on point as always because Christopher Nolan loves his practical effects.
-Purposeful Content 10/10
Everything added to the story, so no fat to be trimmed from a large story. The runtime isn’t fat, it’s big boned.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Hans Zimmer continues to deliver a pulse pounding soundtrack.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It all fits the scenes appropriately, especially with the chanting added in the prison sequence, adding to the drama.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
There’s almost no laughs, just one-or-two quips, perfect for a super serious story like this.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
The language is surprisingly clean, but whatever.
While not rising above the 2008 classic, Christopher Nolan rises to the challenge of delivering an epic conclusion to this iteration of Batman.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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