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“Skyfall” was a monster hit, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Starring Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and more, it was also one of the most critically acclaimed James Bond films ever. Much of that credit goes to director Sam Mendes. But Mendes, who was reportedly considering returning, has chosen to leave the upcoming Bond sequel. That’s too bad. Whoever comes in next has his work cut out for him.

In the “Spider-Man” universe, filming has started for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. In addition to Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Jamie Foxx is in as Electro, as is Paul Giamatti as Rhino. Here’s some interesting tidbits on what could have been to Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 4”, which got cancelled in favor of a reboot. Raimi said he hasn’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, where Anne Hathaway played Catwoman, but he said he had tapped her to play Felicia Hardy, AKA the Black Cat, in “Spider-Man 4”. He said he was displeased with “Spider-Man 3” and wanted to end with the “Best Spider-Man of them all”. So what happened? Raimi said he couldn’t get the story right in time for Sony’s deadline. Unfortunate, hopefully Marc Webb can step up his game.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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In my review to “The Dark Knight Rises”, I said I’d give the film a grade somewhere in the B to B+ range. And, for 99.9 percent of the time, I’ll stick by my reviews. Not so, this time. The more I think about it and, after seeing it for a second time, I was definitely too generous. I, like many people, was extremely excited for Christopher Nolan’s and Christian Bale’s final Batman film. And yet, despite some stretches where it is absolutely thrilling cinema, I felt sort of let down.

That feeling has only grown.

As a warning, this column will have major spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, please stop here.

Prior to the film’s release I wrote a column on how Bruce Wayne, but not Batman, could die in the film. That would have been infinitely better than the way Nolan ended TDKR. Let’s be clear. Throughout TDKR, it was uneven, with shaky exposition, stretches that felt rushed while others felt too long, characters who, though I enjoyed their performances (Mainly Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman) were wholly unnecessary and didn’t really add anything to the film while others who play a huge role in the end (Marion Cotillard) received barely any screen time and took away from any emotional power the final twist could have. the set pieces weren’t exciting and felt as though they lacked direction and were forced.  Tom Hardy is a great actor and I admire his ability. But, as Bane, my goodness, I could barely understand him still, didn’t find him too menacing and the “showdowns” between he and Batman were…frankly not very interesting and borderline boring.

But, let’s talk about the end. My biggest problem. What was so great about “Inception”? The end had people debating for a very long time. Did the top stop spinning? We’ll probably never know unless Nolan is feeling extremely generous. Where’s that sense of ambiguity in TDKR? If Wayne did in fact live, it’s essentially like if Nolan showed the top stopping. It always tests the limits of what I’m willing to accept in Nolan’s Gotham. So, Bruce Wayne is able to eject five seconds before the bomb goes off, survive the blast, swim to shore, find Selina Kyle and then go the same cafe Alfred talked about?

And, I don’t believe Nolan had set Wayne up for a happy ending. Throughout all the Batman films, Bruce Wayne had only known pain. Both Bale and Nolan said this film would give a sense of finality. And yet, his happy ending seems more random than deserved. There was never any chemistry between he and Catwoman, never any scenes that established a deeper relationship. Now he just runs away with her to start a new life? Nolan is famous for having great emotional depth to his films. This one seems to want to do it, but fall into the happy ending Superhero lives category. John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was my favorite character of the film, but even he felt kind of like just a rehash of the idealism Gary Oldman portrayed in the first Batman movie.

All it did, was set WB up for a sequel or spin off on a silver platter. TDKR is still a good film. But, it’s also one that has a lot of flaws. And, quite frankly, is undeserving of overwhelming praise. That disappoints me as much as the most avid Batman fan, but Nolan’s own greatness is his biggest downfall.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

Again, in case you haven’t seen the movie, there are MAJOR SPOILERS, so stop reading now if you haven’t.

Ok, still here? With Christopher Nolan’s films, they almost always promote discussion. “The Dark Knight Rises” is no different. At the end of the film, we see Christian Bale/Bruce Wayne with Anne Hathaway/Selina Kyle at the cafe that Michael Caine/Alfred refers to earlier in the film. Does this mean Wayne is alive?  I’m going to make a case for both arguments and be sure to leave your thoughts on whether you think he’s alive or dead.

Wayne is alive:

If we take the final scene literally, then Wayne must be alive. Alfred sees him in the flesh. Also, Morgan Freeman/Lucious Fox discovers that the autopilot feature was not broken. In fact, it’s been fixed for month and may be a sign that Wayne may have left intentionally for Fox to discover that there is still hope that he survived. Both Wayne and Kyle talked of having a fresh start. By allowing himself to “die” in the eyes of Gotham, it frees himself to leave the place that has caused him so much pain throughout his life. Now, he’s with the woman that was able to draw him out of his shell all the while giving a nod to Alfred to help relieve the anguish and guilt he feels. The coffee they are drinking is meant as a sort of wink/nudge to Alfred, who suggested the pair do that very thing. With John Blake taking up the mantle of Batman, Wayne is free to move on with his life. He is longer required to stay and protect the city. Symbolically giving up his life is the last thing he had to give, meanwhile leaving Batman behind to still watch over the city. Alfred’s pleas finally hit home and Wayne is allowed to move on with his life.

Wayne is dead

The scene is a fake, all in Alfred’s imagination. It’s a way for Nolan to show that death is Wayne’s escape and the only true way for him to find peace and that is what Alfred wanted to see. Let’s look at this theory: Batman is shown in the cockpit with five seconds before the bomb explodes. Common sense would dictate even if he ejected, he wouldn’t make it. Nolan isn’t known for leaving huge holes in his movie logic, so this seems unlikely he’d have an oversight like this. But, there’s far more evidence as well. Batman told Catwoman he hadn’t given Gotham everything yet. Pretty much the only thing he hadn’t was his life. When Fox discovers the autopilot is fixed, it’s a message from Wayne that this is not Fox’s fault. That this was his decision to not eject and finally escape all the tragedy and pain he had dealt with all his life. With John Blake presumably taking up the mantle of Batman and putting up a new bat signal, Wayne is no longer required to make those sacrifices. He’s already lost his parents and the woman he loved. He’s been through torture, imprisonment and seen good men fall. He’s seen his city nearly crumble. With John Blake ready to step up, why put himself through all the emotional and physical tolls again? In “Batman Begins” Bale was told something to the effect that a man can die, but a legend can live on. This is what happened here.

So, what do you think?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

In case you haven’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, there are spoilers ahead.

Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman has gotten a good deal of praise from fans. And, with Christopher Nolan’s ending leaving a lot of potentially loose ends, Hathaway said she wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to a Catwoman spin off.

“I think it would be lovely to see more of her but only if it’s with the right people,” Hathaway said. “She lives in this Gotham City and so it would have to be established by the people who have made this Gotham City. For me, at least.”

Catwoman was one of my favorite parts of TDKR, but giving her a spin off? Now, it’s important to note that Warner Brothers has not considered this (at least officially) in any capacity yet.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.luklas@gmail.com.

It’s finally here. Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s Batman finale “The Dark Knight Rises”. Expectations are for this to be the grand daddy of all comic book films, the one that puts every other comic book film to shame. Is this the movie we all need and deserve or is this one colossal disappointment? Note: Spoiler free.

The Good

Let me start at the end. No, I won’t spoil anything. But, the second half of this film is absolutely electric. It’s exciting, thrilling, epic, sometimes emotional and sensational. There’s a few set pieces that really stand out, one being the football field sequence from the trailers and one involving the stock market. The combination of Hans Zimmer’s score and Nolan’s direction provides for one heck of an experience.
As far as acting goes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Anne Hathaway are the standouts. Hathaway’s Catwoman brings some much needed energy to the film and is always very fun to watch. Blake was the highlight of the film for me. His energy and idealism was nice to watch.
And, of course, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, shine in this film. They make the most of their scenes and they are some of the most effective in the film.
Nolan has made his mark with dark, brooding films, and this is no different. It’s clear to tell that he was trying to bring current events into this. And, it’s not just the 99 percent vs. the 1 percent, there’s a lot more current events. It makes for an intriguing set up and lot more potential to connect with audiences at a deeper emotional level. As Gotham City becomes more desperate and things start to get desperate and Tom Hardy as Bane’s backstory and full plot gets revealed, it’s truly a spectacle to see. Nolan and his crew deserve a lot of credit. Films that bring in political issues can be preachy. This is not. The connections to events in the world are clear to see and the film as a whole does seem to be a warning: That in real life, there are no superheros to save us. But, in this film, it raises the stakes so much that it’s hard to not feel the tension.

Being the final film in the trilogy, there’s a lot of connections to “Batman Begins”, so many that I’d say it’s far more important you watch that film than “The Dark Knight” to get ready.

The Bad

I wanted so badly to say this film was a masterpiece. But it’s not. And, it fails to reach the heights of “The Dark Knight”. Anyone who knows me knows I said Batman was practically a supporting character in his own film to the Joker. Now we know how crucial Heath Ledger’s performance was to that film.
Tom Hardy does his best as Bane. But, the character doesn’t really play up to his best attributes as an actor. And, his intentions are so unclear for so much of the film and the plot so muddled, it’s difficult to follow who is doing what for whom and why if you’re not paying very close attention. Sadly, Bane was just…a little boring character-wise. And, I didn’t find him that menacing.
Speaking of Batman, Bruce Wayne/Batman is probably one of the least interesting characters in the film. And, at times, it seems Nolan was more interested in Blake than he was with Batman. This is what’s frustrated me throughout the series. This is a BATMAN movie and yet he consistently is always one of the more least interesting characters in the film.
Marion Cotillard really gets the short end of the stick in terms of screen time. Which is too bad, because her character plays a pretty important role but just comes off as an underdeveloped character, lessening the impact of her role a lot.
Even at 160 minutes long, this film feels a little rushed at parts, yet at others, almost somewhat boring. TDKR proves that even Nolan is prone to the three-quel syndrome. Throw in so many characters that are meant to have significant roles that none of them get a chance to really shine. I understand it’s a comic-book film and suspension of disbelief is required. But, the one thing that bothered me is this: If someone would have shot Bane in the legs or, I don’t know, swung for his mouth piece, the problems could have been solved.

The Final Word

This was really difficult for me to write. TDKR is ambitious and, when it’s working, is vintage Nolan. And, this is not a disaster. It’s not a bad film. Heck, I’d say overall, it’s a good film. But it’s also flawed. It’s very plot heavy, has a lot of social commentary and there are some real interesting threads here. At the same time, there are too many new characters and too much of the emotional impacts are lessened because we haven’t gotten a real chance to know any of them. Still, TDKR is an admirable effort. But, disappointment was the main feeling I had. As I walked away and thought about the film some more, I realized, this wouldn’t be in my top three Nolan movies. I’m sure I’ll be in the minority, but TDKR is a good, not great finale. And that’s the problem. It’s a very good film, but my expectations were higher. Unfair or not, TDKR falls a little short of reaching classic status. Since I realize I might not have been too clear here, if I gave it a letter grade, I’d give it in the B range. Nolan has a lot of potential here. But, he fails to realize some of it and falls short of the game changer audiences hoped it would be.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The Dark Knight Rises trailer!

Here’s the newest “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer. 

The anticipated sequel stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Prestige) is directing.

What do you think of it?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.