Add this one to the seemingly endless list of disappointing sequels. 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes set the scene for what could’ve been the first-ever classic movie trilogy. Dawn, the full title of which is just as clunky, kills all hope. The apes talk too much; and even when the humans are talking, the dialogue is stodgy. The storyline, stitched together by a series of unlikely coincidences, is surprisingly tame and predictable. A hero found alive, a villain on a cliff; this is War Movies 101. The only thing unique about it is the fact that most of the star characters are talking apes.
my rating = 3 of 5
The title is a fancy way to say that Batman is back. Did the world need another Batman movie? No. But Wayne Enterprises; a multi-billion-dollar company owned by Bruce Wayne himself; is going bankrupt and popular superhero movies; this is the third in what is now a Christopher Nolan trilogy; make an insane amount of money. Two Face is dead and The Joker, a character who should’ve been mentioned if not given a cameo appearance, is in prison. Enter Bane, a strong vicious beast of a man with a gas mask stuck to his face. He wears it for a reason, but it muffles his voice sometimes to the point of being unintelligible.
Not that these characters, including Anne Hathaway as a sexy Catwoman, ever have anything poignant to say. Christopher Nolan is a lot better at directing fight scenes than composing dialogue. So the lengthy fast-cut plot, riddled with minor plot-holes and unnecessary twists; Gotham City facing its demise in the form of a nuclear bomb is the gist; gets saved by its exciting and often violent action scenes. Most, if not all, of that action coincides with epic Hans Zimmer orchestral music, yes; and the new flying bat-toy is kind of cool; but this Dark Knight, while entertaining, is a sequel that doesn’t quite match the level of its predecessor.
my rating = 4 of 5