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Watching "The Dark Knight Rises"
Published on August 1, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review "The Dark Knight Rises." 

Here's an excerpt:

"I was eager to see 'The Dark Knight Rises,' but also sort of dreading it. I wasn’t the hugest fan of 'The Dark Knight,' although I thought Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker was terrific, and I pretty much hated 'Inception,' the last movie helmed by Christopher Nolan, director of the Batman trilogy. At some point it finally dawned on me that I don’t actually like Nolan’s films very much, with the sole exception being 2000’s gritty noir puzzler, 'Memento.'

Which might explain why 'The Dark Knight Rises' was such a pleasant surprise. It’s not a perfect film, but it’s engaging, atmospheric and exciting, with a sly sense of humor and some unexpectedly romantic subplots. Nolan is not a very good director of action — many of his action sequences are dull and overlong, lacking the “wow!” factor that you want from such set pieces — but he’s fairly gifted when it comes to carrying out a dark and brooding vision that reflects and comments on the world in which we live. He wants us to seriously consider the vigilantism at the heart of Batman, and to ask questions about corruption, power, truth and justice."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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