Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: Bane's voice, Catwoman, and hope

The Dark Knight Rises has its fair share of problems, even accounting for it being a superheroic action movie: indistinguishable motivations, character traits that bob to the surface and sink with no rhyme or reason, a slew of missed opportunities, muddy plotting, a totally tonally inappropriate coda, and plenty more besides. In Christopher Nolan’s flawed trilogy, the third film easily creaks loudest. However, if you listen closely, two clean notes sound forth, and carry with them hope for the director’s future. That’s a lot of pressure to place on Bane’s voice and Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman, but if they didn’t want it, they shouldn’t have been so compelling.