THE RAMBLINGS OF A MINNESOTA GEEK
THE DARK KNIGHT LEGEND:
A JULY 2012 BATATHON
ANDY'S FRIDAY FIVE:
FANTASTIC SCENES IN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Hello all, and thanks for continuing to check out our coverage of the Batman movies! Today is, as the title clearly says, a list of five fantastic scenes from The Dark Knight Rises, officially out a week ago. And tomorrow concludes a look at the movies with my ranking of all seven flicks, best to worse (I bet you think you know what the worse is! Eh, yeah, you're probably right). Following that, reviews will be forthcoming of the newly released re-imagining of the Batman mythos, Batman: Earth One, followed by the critically acclaimed The Dark Knight Returns.
I hate that I even have to say this, but in this day 'n age where people bitch and complain a lot about spoilers, I'm forced to emphasize this duhness: the following post contains explicit SPOILERS, both visually and in writing. So, ignore this if you haven't seen the movie, and then feel bad that you haven't seen the bloody movie.
Key Quote: "Death. By exile."
Sadly, this is hardly a fair fight, thanks to Bruce's self-imposed eight-year retirement and lack of genuine physical strength, but it's a great, brutal fight, one of the harshest probably in cinema history. Bane monologues as he punches, kicks, and smashes Batman into every bar and pillar. The Bat's screwed. And the absence of Hans Zimmer's score makes it all the more difficult to watch, as we are subjected to Bruce's growls and grunts as he lands punches that do absolutely nothing. As completely eerie as the scene is, it's made all the more tragic and horrifying by the expressions conveyed by a guilt-ridden Selina Kyle, beautifully performed by Hathaway, as the Batman's identity is revealed to her by Bane and she watches from the other side of the bars, as if glued to the spot, stricken by fear and regret.
What a exhilarating eight minutes. The brute force of Bane, the futile punches and defeat of Batman, and the betrayal and guilt of Selina Kyle. Amazing.
Key Quote: "Oh, you think darkness is your ally. You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man. By then, it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you because they belong to me!"
Because it's not just about a look, it's about a shared emotion: anger. In Batman Begins, a distraught Bruce confesses his anger to Ra's Al Ghul in the mountains, and even in Dark Knight Rises Bruce's anger outweighs his fear. The anger of a good person is understandable, considering the trauma and guilt that came from the events in the alley that night - Bruce is always angry, always trying to keep that in check. And it took someone just like him, a young boy full of that same rage, to identity that inner demon, even under the guise of a normal(ish) billionaire orphan. It has nothing to do with the fact they're both orphans, it has to do with the bubbling anger inside them and the mask they show to the world. The emotional connection these share, the similarities, it's just enough to make me believe, make me okay with it. But still, all that said, I do wish there was a little more, but this is what we have, and it's one hell of a powerful scenes between a mostly non-emotive Bruce and a earnest young cop.
Key Quote: "Not a lot of people know what it feels like. To be angry. In your bones. I mean, they understand, the foster parents. Everybody understands for a while. But then they want something the angry little boy can't do: move on."
Bruce's story is over. He ends up happy. He's "made it", as Alfred had hoped. And with Selina Kyle. Lucky guy. The final seconds with Bruce are fleeting, but they are emotionally gut-wrenchingly spectacular. He has truly hung up the cape and cowl, and embraced a new life. And with Alfred's nod - God, it's freakin' beautiful. With Blake, Bruce directs him to the batcave and to a choice. If Blake chooses to work outside rules and structures, then the tools necessary to do service Gotham would be available to him. Gordon finds that he's not alone like he thought, and Lucius begins to understand Bruce's long con. Blake trudges through the Batcave, walking on top of the platform that housed Bruce's (now broken) Batman costume. The platform rises. Cue title card.
What a whirlwind of emotions and plain awesomeness. We're given Nolan's definitive ending to Bruce Wayne, a man who is able to put Batman and Gotham behind and move on with his life and find happiness. Yet there is hope in John Blake, who is given the resources by Bruce, and allowed a decision to pursue justice or not. And Alfred's final shots - fantastic. The movie as a whole may not appease me as much as I would like, but I can't find any fault in these final minutes.
Key Quote: "You should use your full name. I like that name. Robin."
I wrote a bit about this in my quick review of the movie the other day, and I'm sure my thoughts will sound a small amount more intelligent there, but I will try my best here: Bruce Wayne is beaten, in mind, body and soul. Like the other inmates, he looks up to the sky and he has hope of escape, but this is folly. Only one has ever risen from the darkness, where everyone else had failed year after year. It's the ultimate form of despair. But this story is more than that, it's the most personal arc for Wayne since his training with Ra's al Ghul and coming to terms with his anger and fear, this is Wayne having to fix his body, control himself and his anger, reacquaint himself with his old friend fear, and push himself further than he ever had before. This is a Hero personified, this act of climbing up the prison and facing the one thing you don't want to face, and rising above it to greatness. It's Bruce Wayne fighting himself, and winning. It's rising to the occasion. It's being something more than a hero, a symbol. A freakin' Power Ranger!
This is epic, this is intimate, this is harrowing, tense, and musical. With the chants of 'deshi deshi basara basara' ('Rise up, rise up') echoing throughout the prison as a rope-less Wayne climbs to his destiny - it's chilling and absolutely spectacular. The perfect companion piece to Batman Begins, and the perfect representation of perhaps the best hero the world has ever produced.
Key Quote: "You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. Makes you weak. How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible, without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death?"
How about y'all? I reckon a good majority, if not all reading this, have seen it, so what are some of your favorite scenes/quotes from the movie?