The Dark Knight Rises – An EPIC Conclusion indeed.

Seriously? After watching the final film of the Batman trilogy, I think the word ‘Epic’ is an understatement of the century (or millennium for that matter)

First, as with all reviews, here’s the synopsis:

Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy concludes with this Warner Brothers release that finds The Dark Knight pitted against Bane, an unstoppable foe possessed of tremendous physical and intellectual strength. Nearly a decade after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s death and disappearing into the darkness, a fugitive Batman (Christian Bale) watches from the shadows as the Dent Act keeps the streets of Gotham City free of crime. Meanwhile, an elusive cat burglar seizes the chance to strike, and a masked anarchist plots a devastating series of attacks designed to lure Bruce Wayne out of the shadows. Determined not to abandon the people who he once risked his life to protect, The Dark Knight emerges from his self-imposed exile ready to fight. But Bane (Tom Hardy) is ready, too, and once Batman is within his grasp, he will do everything in his power to break Gotham City’s shadowy savior.

Oscar-winner Michael Caine and Gary Oldman return in a sequel also starring Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

source: http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-synopsis/the-dark-knight-rises/

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – Funny (Lots of subtle humour in there). Tragic. Dark. Adventurous. And best of all? Excellent plot, great music, bloody good cinematic effects – doesn’t look the least bit cheesy or corny to me as with some action-pack hero movies. Extremely strong foundation and base in reality.

What I really love about this movie? It was directed in such a way that’s based off very strongly on reality, touching on real-life existing topics such as Terrorism, Family (or anyone you care for), Liberation, Freedom of Speech, Extremist thinking etc. Controversial topics, essentially.

This is one rare movie series that I’ve watched, which is all written out and screened in such a way that makes you think ‘Ho kay, this IS something that really COULD happen to me in real life.’ Because everything is made to be believable. No one has super powers. Batman doesn’t. Bane doesn’t and neither does Catwoman. They all rely on sheer wit, strength, rock hard determination and a very very huge arsenal of weapons. In reality, that kind of scenario IS possible and achievable…or at least more so than having the ability to move objects with your mind and teleporting between places.

Onto the characters: Batman suffers a lot in here. I nearly cried at the torment which he had to undergo but started clapping my hands like a retarded seal once he found his renewed strength to return and fight for Gotham. Bane’s character (Tom Hardy)also looks a lot better in this movie than his previous ones. At least his muscles don’t look fake, bulging out with veins and stuff. This one, is lean…and mean. (thanks to the endless gym trips). Anne Hathaway was wonderful as Catwoman, playing out the damsel in distress in one moment and kicking ass in the next shot. Beautiful, deadly and highly intelligent – mrrrow.

Of course, how could we forget Morgan Freeman as Fox? His oh-so-lovely voice and Michael Caine as Bruce Wayne’s ever loyal butler? Excellent support characters. Without them, the movie would probably not be as fantastic.

The Dark Knight series has been not just a movie about Batman, but it also contains philosophies about which makes you sit and think long after the credits have ended. I now have a ton of questions which I shall go find out…soon…after my sleep.

P.S. A bit of a hint here…Bane is not the mastermind. Instead, the mastermind is SOMEBODY who appears to be one of the good guys in the beginning. And yes, there IS a proper conclusion to the whole story, no cliffhangers people. Don’t worry.

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Life IS A Bed of Roses ~ (a short random post which came from nowhere)

Whenever people say ‘life isn’t always a bed of roses’, I have an innate urge to rebut. Cause to me, Life IS a darn bed of roses.

Here’s the thing – when people hear this particular phrase, the imagery that which appears in their head is a pile of ONLY rose petals or flowers (thus the ‘bed’) -> this in turns equates to and depicts having a pretty nice life. And considering what life is like, (life ain’t always nice and doesn’t usually go according to what you have planned out), we thus agree with the phrase ‘Life isn’t always a bed of roses’.

I, however, imagine things a little differently. To me, a bed of roses includes ALL parts of the rose plant – flowers, buds, leaves, branches, thorns alike – and not just the petals with their oh-so-sweet fragrance (do forgive me. I kind of like the scent of roses). While the flowers depict our sweet/nice/everything-goes-according-to-plan side of life, the thorns hurt you. And let’s face it. Life does hurt us at times, non?

If you’ve never been hurt, it’s either:

  • You’ve never actually lived life before OR
  • You are pretty sheltered (Lucky you!)

So…Life really IS a bed of roses after all. It can throw you into scenarios which:

  • Really hurt you (like the thorns): Having Setbacks, Failing interviews and tests, Getting rejected etc.

and also

  • Are pretty smooth-sailing (like the soft rose petals and flowers): Success, Having a Family, Stable Job etc.

So the next time someone says life isn’t always a bed of roses, I suppose you COULD try repeating this.