This was nearly it. But in the end if you wanted the same as other superhero films, this was probably very enjoyable, but the bar was set too high for Nolan and whilst this nearly rose as high as the very greatest of films, it fell short in a way that makes it hard to enjoy if that was what you hoped for. Christopher Nolan knew what he was doing, this was different again and if it succeeded he would have created three entirely different films that each beat almost every other film in what they tried to do and yet still came together as a whole. Bane was the perfect villain for this, the story was right, the stakes were unbelievably higher. He completed Batmans arc and took the very best from stories like No Mans Land. Catwoman was exceptional and I can't believe what they managed to do with Gordon-Levitt's character. But it doesn't come together. There are two big flaws that I can identify.
- The story is of Bane tearing Batman down but it also starts 8 years later with a Batman whose just finding his feet again. It robs the power from the former and makes everything too unfamiliar and uncomfortable to get a grip on, and we don't get the security to compare with later events
- Banes voice. In early trailers it was unintelligible and to fix it they made it sound like a children's cartoon character (and we're not talking The Brave And The Bold here). He has fantastic lines, but he needs a typical deep growly villain, instead his lines have no weight and they don't give the film the drive that the film demanded from Bane.
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