The Dark Knight Rises (Movie Review)

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Ka-Pow! Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated closure to his Batman saga is a great one but personally it wasn’t as mind-blowing for me because I couldn’t help but reference Heath Ledger’s performance in the last movie. The cast does a stellar job here but not one of them could stand up to the The Joker; who is hands down one of the greatest villains to grace the silver screen.

The Dark Knight Rises is still a great watch nevertheless because the events of the movie are pretty epic and it raises a lot of questions about morality & sacrifice. Unlike The Amazing Spider-Man, the latest Batman flick is a thinking man’s superhero movie and a whole lot more realistic in its setting which I didn’t enjoy as much cos’ it kinda depressed me a little.

The entire cast holds their own here. Christian Bale does a decent third outing as Bruce Wayne but I felt that his supporting cast really outshone him throughout most of the movie. Tom Hardy makes for a super-menacing Bane whilst Anne Hathaway really stole the show in exquisite manner as Catwoman. Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves a special mention too as rookie cop John Blake.

Christopher Nolan has given us a satisfying ending to his trilogy of Batman movies and I’m pretty sure most fans will not be disappointed by this one.

I give The Dark Knight Rises a back-breaking 4.5 out of 5.

RED (Movie Review)

RED

RED

I caught an early screening of this one 2 nights ago and it definitely exceeded what was in the trailer. Sure, there were over-the-top sequences (especially the one where John Malkovich takes out a rocket that’s heading towards him with a pistol) but other than that the movie was great. The characters are memorable and the whole idea of retired spooks is a novel one. Oh, did I mention that RED is actually based on a graphic novel by DC written by Warren Ellis?

As always, Bruce Willis shines in an action role and he’s still as awesome as ever. The rest of the cast deserves a mention too; especially John Malkovich’s slightly mad character Marvin. I would definitely recommend catching this one at the cinemas cos’ it’s an entertaining watch from start to finish. The cast is an older one but they definitely have proven that they’ve still got what it takes to make a good actioner.

I give RED a solid 5 out of 5.