I though about this one long and hard. I wanted to make sure I got this right. This was a hard decision, but I think I have narrowed it down to 4 each. Sorry, it’s the best I can do. Heroes & Villains are what make the story worth while.
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Let’s start with the Villains:
Villain #4 – Loki from The Avengers
Villain #3 – Darth Maul from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – scared the hell out of me as an adult
Villain #2 – Darth Vader from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – scared the hell out of me as a kid
Villain #1 – The Joker – from The Dark Knight – brilliant performance by the late, great Heath Ledger
“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
Now, the Heroes:
Hero #4 – Yoda from Star Wars New Hope – there are no Jedi’s w/out Yoda
Hero #3 – Bumble Bee from Transformers 3 – the radio voice track and a heart full of gold.
Hero #2 – Maximus Decimus Meridius from Gladiator
Hero #1 – Tony Stark/Iron Man (the original) and The Avengers
“Let’s do the head count here. Your brother, the demigod; the super soldier, living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with breathtaking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins and you, big fellow, you’ve manage to piss off every single one of them.”
What are your favorite Heroes & Villains?
The Dark Knight Rises is the third installment in the Chris Nolan Batman Trilogy. I was a good ending to a saga that began 7 years ago, in my life. I have always enjoyed super heros movies; Superman, Spiderman, Ironman, Hulk and all the other Avenger greats. I even enjoyed the Keaton, Kilmer and, dare I say, Clooney Batman Movies. But, they had the comic book feel, which made the movies fun and enjoyable. They were colorful, whimsical, and funny. They were a good escape. But, Chris Nolan’s Batman was different. It was real. It was dark, sexy, cruel, clever, complex and tragic at times. This last movie did its job. It tide up the loose ends and concluded the trilogy brilliantly.
But, I had a few issues with the movie on its own. One issue I had was it just didn’t have the typical Batman'”swagger’ of the other two movies. The first, Batman Begins, told you how it all started and the second, The Dark Knight was all about the Joker and the greatness that was Heath Ledger (r.i.p.). In both films, Bruce Wayne’s persona was so radically different from The Batman. It made sense and it was familiar.
This movie, Bruce Wayne was a little sad. He was in pain for most of the movie, he didn’t dominate the fights, he didn’t have the coolest toys. He was angry, but he didn’t know how to use it to his advantage.
The second issue I had was it didn’t have enough gadgets. Lucious only showed us a couple of cool new things. One was a new aircraft called the Bat. It looked more like a small version of the alien ship in The Battleship Movie; not slick and ominous like the batmobile. There was one scene where Bruce Wayne was walking the red carpet at a charity event and he used an electromagnetic pulse to shut off the paparazzi’s cameras. That was pretty cool. Nice dig at the paparazzi. Good one Mr. Nolan.
Nevertheless, I am a stickler for patterns and they didn’t show up in this one. But, I enjoyed it for what is was. The end of a story and an end of an era. Now for the quotes:
Bane: We are introduced to the evil Bane from the beginning scenes. Is it just me or does he sound like Sean Connery? Read the quotes with that voice in mind.
“Gotham, take control . . take control of your city. Behold, the instrument of your liberatation! Identify yourself to the world!”
“No one cared who I was, until I put on the mask.” The mask was a character itself.
“Calm down, Doctor! Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.”
“When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.”
Captain Jones: “I’ll die before I talk.”
Bane: “I’m on your schedule, captain.” Bane was actually pretty clever.
Roland Daggett: “You’re pure evil!”
Bane: ” I’m necessary evil.” Bane was one evil bad ass.
Seline Kyle (Catwomen): Anne Hathaway was a good catwomen. She was helped by the outfit and the stunt coordinator, but she had the right attitude and her voice when she delivering the lines was really cool.
“There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”
Jim Gordon: He was always one of my favorite characters because he loved his city of Gotham and no one said “The Batman” better then him.
“We were in this together, and then you were gone. Now this evil . . rises. The Batman has to come back.”
Bruce Wayne (Batman): Like I said, he was a little sad at times in this film. He switched between, being a hero, to focusing on the greater good, to cocky savior. It was a little confusing.
“This city needs me.”
“I need you to get me back in the game.”
“Tell me where the trigger is. Then . . . you have my permission to die!”
Lucious Fox: Another one of my all time favorites. Lucious had the morals and the toys.
“I call him The Bat, and yes Mr. Wayne it does come in black.”
What did you think of the The Dark Knight Rises? Did it meet your expectations? What was your favorite quote?
Here are a few of my favorite famous Australians and the roles and quotes that featured their fabulousness.
- Cate Blanchett – Her oscar winning role in the Aviator as the amazing Katherine Hepburn. Greatest line every, “Do your worst, Mr. Hughes.”
- Heath Ledger – William Thatcher in A Knight’s Tale, Ennis Del Mar in Broke Back Mountain. All good choices, but I have to go with another Oscar winning performance; Joker in The Dark Knight. Another great line, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
- Hugh Jackman – Wolverine and the X-Men movies are good, but my absolute favorite movie of 2011 was Real Steel. Totally shocker for me that a movie about robot was the most powerful, emotional, feel good and touching movie I have seen in a long time. I actually cried. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it. Check it out.
- Russell Crowe – Begins and ends at Gladiator. Oscar winning performance. Absolute best line, “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”