(This is a repost.)
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
I can proudly say that I have seen every major Christopher Nolan movie and each film has been one to remember. From his all-time great Batman trilogy to what I feel is, next to 2001: A Space Odyssey, the greatest space movie of all time, Interstellar, his movies are impactful and will leave you thinking about them long after seeing them.
TENET is no exception. It’s been nearly a week since I watched his latest mind-boggling feat in cinema and as I see tv spots of Nolan’s newest excuse to go to the movies I can’t help feeling a swell of happiness knowing that I was able to witness the incredible film in a movie theater.
But, despite my enjoyment of the movie, where do I rank it among Nolan’s films? Let’s find out, shall we?
1. The Dark Knight
This is what I would call literal perfection. His first movie featuring the dark knight was the best Batman film ever made with an origin story that felt dark, grounded, gritty, and a far-cry better than Batman from 1989.
His second film in the trilogy would feature a story that was not only brilliant developed but also boded the greatest comic book movie villain onscreen appearance of all time. Heath Ledger’s Joker was so haunting and downright unforgettable that the actor would receive a posthumous Oscar for his role, and deservedly so.
I cannot get enough of this movie.
Continue reading Where Does ‘TENET’ Rank Among the Christopher Nolan Movies I’ve Seen?
Christian Bale has become one of my favorite actors over the years clearly because of his role as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. But over the years I’ve seen him in other films and have been more than impressed with his ability to transform into different characters. So, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I wanted to highlight Christian Bale.
7. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
I have tried to watch this movie three times and all three times I have never been able to finish it. So I have this film at the bottom of this list. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Christian Bale
Anne Hathaway has become one of my favorite actresses for her work. She can be a comic book character at one moment and a smart galaxy-traveling professor the next. So, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I wanted to highlight her. Enjoy!
4. Ocean’s Eight
I wish I could say Ocean’s Eight was a tremendous remake of the beloved Ocean’s trilogy but honestly, this was a bad movie. So bad, in fact, that I couldn’t finish it. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Anne Hathaway
Liam Neeson is one of my favorite actors. His roles can be powerful, wise, and sometimes inspiring, but most importantly, he brings such a classic Liam Neeson-vibe to each role that you can’t help but enjoy the movies that he graces. Of course, not every movie that I’ve seen him in has been great but still, I’ve seen more good films starring the Irish actor than bad. I thought he would be the perfect actor for this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!
10. Clash of the Titans
One night my father and I were watching Hulu and we stumbled upon Clash of the Titans. The movie was so ridiculous that I ended up staying up and watching the whole thing because I was riveted by the awful CGI and horrendous storytelling. And Liam Neeson’s depiction of Zeus was just…yikes.
I love Liam Neeson but he is not a great Zeus. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Liam Neeson
Tom Hardy has grown to be one of my favorite actors of all time. His nuanced performances allow him to stick out as he brings a certain depth to every character I’ve seen him play. Over the years, I have discovered that I have seen more films with him than I first imagined, making him the perfect topic for this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!
Venom is the worst movie I’ve seen Tom Hardy play in and easily my least favorite work of his. The accent doesn’t come off naturally nor does his performance as Eddie Brock. The film is also pretty bad. I will say this though, in better hands the movie would’ve been much better.
We’ll see how Venom 2 handles Eddie/Venom’s story in a more concise fashion (even though the prospect of Woody Harrelson as Carnage seems pretty cornballs.) Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Tom Hardy