After the credits rolled, I wondered aloud if The Dark Knight Rises was even better than The Dark Knight. I walked into this movie expecting to be entertained but also mildly disappointed. The Dark Knight was probably the pinnacle of comic book movies. I don’t even like to call it a comic book movie. I prefer “crime thriller using characters originated in a comic book.” It really deserves it’s own category. To prepare for the final part of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, I re-watched the first two Batman films. I realized I may have thought too highly of The Dark Knight (TDK) and not highly enough of Batman Begins. As amazing as Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker was and as intense an experience watching that film was, there were some things that bothered me that I may have ignored in my previous viewings. The movie went a little downhill after the Joker was defeated (truth be told, it should have ended there). While The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) definitely had it’s flaws, I think it was a more consistent film from start to finish.
Kung Fu Panda 2 was entertaining but, like most animated sequels, unnecessary.
For the most part, the movie worked. I laughed when they wanted me to laugh. The animation during the fight sequences, which was the best part of the first in my honest opinion, was still top-notch. I think I can only tolerate Jack Black as Po. The plot was pointless. It was like a video game. Po and the Furious Five make it up to the main boss, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman). Po freezes, gets defeated. This happens three time until Po finally beats the game.
If this movie never happened, I would have never clamored for it like, “Gee, why don’t they make a sequel to that?” Aside from one line (which I thought was really clever), I pretty much forgot everything about this movie in 30 minutes.
Maybe I’ll feel differently when it’s on TV all the time.