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This was another review ported over. The quality of it is pretty basic compared to what I do today. But I am reminded that it's about progression. Not perfection. I grant that we strive for perfection, but that's an instinct and I suppose necessity for us to do better because if you don't evolve, adapt or roll with the times you can become stale, stagnant, irrelevant and left in the past.
Aside from the philosophical tangent there, I look back at this review from a time where I was trying to expand my range and go to more than 1 Movie Theater just to watch said movie and then be analytical about it outside afterwards.
This was the longest Batman movie under Nolan's helm and I think it went too long, personally. I grant that you have to decompress a story so that the pacing is allowed to move at a natural rate whereby the audience are able to digest the plot elements without feeling like they're being rushed through it. Totally understandable.
But nearly 3 hours??? That's just too long. I think when you have a superhero flick or any action/adventure movie at 2 hours, that is more than ample. You're able to tell your story without over-padding it and without having to compress too much.
That's not to say it's terrible. Far from it. It tells a satisfying conclusion to Christian Bale's Batman story with decent performances, especially from Joseph Gordon Levitt. An actor I highly admire.
But again. 3 hours is too long. I think if they had cut it down to 2 hours 20 minutes, that would have been more digestible. And I feel a similar way with regards to 2016's Batman V Superman. I will grant that the 3-hour cut fixed a lot of the problems that the Theatrical version but at the same time the human attention span is only designed to take so much.
But be that as it may, The Dark Knight Rises stands on it's own credible merits as possibly the only Batman movie that actually concludes Bruce Wayne's story as a vigilante allowing him to retire and free himself from the duty of the Dark Knight and allow someone else to take up the mantle.
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