So I went to the IMAX midnight premiere of the conclusion of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, and watched it with Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Batman, and Bane. No Catwoman or Robin, unfortunately, in my theater.
In the movie, I was excited to see familiar faces from Inception, including Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Michael Caine, to name a few.
The Dark Knight, aka Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, played by the brilliant Christian Bale, has been in hiding since he took the fall for killing Harvey Dent (Two-Face). The police commissioner, who has a connection to Bruce Wayne viewers have to watch to find out, has used Harvey Dent's name to create law and order under the Dent Act. Alfred tries to encourage Batman to interact with the world, but it takes Catwoman, the idea of Bane, a young detective and a reminder of his duty to save the world to really get him out of his funk. Add a nuclear bomb set to destroy Gotham City, which really reminds me of New York City, and a pretend revolution, and Nolan creates a beautiful movie.
And it just goes from there.
And this movie isn't just your-average-superhero-saves-the-day movie. Just like Christopher Nolan always tries to create a puzzle and add unexpected twists (he even had some that caught me by surprise, and I call a lot), this movie had symbolism, action, drama, revenge, hate, romance, betrayal, and the ultimate act of love - sacrifice. After all, as Batman keeps saying when people remind him that's he's given Gotham City everything, he always replies, "I haven't given them everything."
This movie definitely has elements of post-modernism (the era of film we are currently in), which I just learned about in my film history class. (That class was so informative, I look at movies differently now).
And guess who else makes an appearance? That I can't tell you, but I'll tell you, you may not have called it, but I did.
And guess what were trailers on the movie? That's right. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit and a new Superman movie directed by Nolan, Man of Steel. Superman might just have a chance now, although I don't think anyone can beat Christopher Reeve (what's up with all these brilliant Christophers?). I know with Nolan's touch the Dark Knight Trilogy turned around.
Praying you have faith, hope, and love always,