I’ve just participated in a marathon of The Dark Knight Trilogy spanning a week long and today I finally finished The Dark Knight Rises. It was fun but it was nowhere near as entertaining as either The Dark Knight (which is one of my favorite movies of all time) or even Batman Begins. Why? How could the finale of an incredible superhero trilogy fall just a little flat compared to its predecessors? Today, after watching this film for the fourth time in my life, I think I finally have a definitive answer.
The Dark Knight Rises is a great superhero movie which is apparent with its 8.4 out of 10 star rating on IMDb but what it lacks that The Dark Knight has in such abundance is an easy-to-follow, simplistic storyline.
The Dark Knight follows the growing madness of The Joker and his schemes which takes Batman on quite an emotional journey. There are stunning plot twists and fantastic character developments that leave the viewer riveted.
The Dark Knight Rises tries to build on The Dark Knight’s perfect storyline with an equally complex one and ends up becoming a movie that’s too morbid for its britches. We get it. Christopher Nolan wanted to end the trilogy with a bang but it’s swallowed up in an overly long film that takes its complexity too seriously, leaving one bored and slightly disinterested. Continue reading ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Biggest Flaw is Its Overbearing Goal to Be Complex/Dark
Yesterday was the day Avengers: Endgame arrived on Blu-Ray in the United States and, because I had preordered it months ago, I walked into my local Best Buy and got my Limited Edition Steelbook copy of the film with a HUGE smile on my face. When I got home I entered in my digital code, sat down with my little sister at my side and the speakers ready to loudly project the film into my ears, and watched Avengers: Endgame.
The greatest surprise I had about the movie was how unexpectedly short it felt. The movie is three hours long and yet it feels like the shortest 3-hour movie that I have ever seen. The story flys by with brilliant efficiency and next thing you know you reach the film’s tantalizing conclusion which, once again, made me cry like a baby. I don’t know what it is about that final battle that gets to my emotions so hard. Maybe it’s an instinctive reflex of unbridled joy at seeing so many of my favorite superheroes all coalesced into one EPIC battle of the ages. Every hero gets a highlight, every MCU hero that you love dons the screen, every hero is there! It’s unprecedented. Nothing like it has ever been achieved and it just…gosh, it messes me up. Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame’ at Home
Rocky. Everyone in the United States knows who Rocky is. If you don’t, you’ve basically been living under a rock. Sylvester Stallone created a fictional character that is literally one of the most inspiring and iconic fictional characters of all time. I’ve been watching Rocky movies since I was a kid but I had only ever seen Rocky III (which is my favorite installment) and Rocky IV. Then I saw Creed and Creed II, which were also pretty good. But there were two important Rocky movies I had never thought about watching before and that was Rocky and Rocky II.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post sharing my ranking of all of the Oscar-winning movies I had ever seen but when I went to look at a list of all the Oscar-winning films my jaw dropped when I saw that Rocky was on that list. All this time I have loved these movies and I didn’t see the one that got a freaking Oscar for Best Picture! What?! So, because Netflix just released all five Rocky movies on their streaming service, I decided to watch it, and boy was I surprised. Continue reading Watching ‘Rocky’ For the First Time
A couple of years ago ALIEN: Covenant entered theaters and because of this I became very curious about the movie that started this frightening franchise. Now my first encounter with the horrific specimen wasn’t in the form of the movie. It instead was because of a game.
Several years ago I got Mortal Combat X for my wonderful XBOX One. Through the months the game introduced new characters and one of them happened to be Alien. When I saw this terrifying creature I was excited. It was a new character to play on the fighting game and I am proud to say I am very good at him. I had no idea I was playing a character that inspired a generation of filmmakers to try and recreate the same sense of horror in science fiction, whether that be in a movie or a video game. When I found out Alien was a movie character I was definitely intrigued but I wasn’t completely interested in watching the film. Then I saw this new ALIEN flick coming out that May and my curiosity began to boil. Continue reading My Introduction to the ‘ALIEN’ Franchise
Avengers: Endgame marks the end of the Infinity Saga; a fantastic storyline that has been built over twenty-one movies and eleven years. It’s an amazing thought. When Iron Man came out in 2008 I wasn’t even ten-years-old yet. Now I’m twenty (I actually just turned twenty-one a couple of months ago) writing this review and it’s just…wow.
Yesterday, as I left the theater struggling to contain my composure, it didn’t really dawn on me that this was the end of an era. Yes there will be more movies in the MCU and yes the story isn’t over but in a way, it is. To delve into further meaning about this saga’s ending would mean I would have to include spoilers but because this is, in fact, a spoiler-free review I’ll just keep things very basic.
Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: My Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Avengers: Endgame’