(Note: I know that I am little behind in the summer movie watching department so sue me!)
BLAM!” ”POW!” “BOOM! ” Remember those action words flashing across your Zenith cathode ray tubed television?! Yeah you do and if you don’t then you do not know what you have been missing. The Batman television series had many of us hooked and we anxiously waited to see if the weekly dastardly villain had finally put an end to Batman’s and Robin’s heroic ways.
Ahhhh…….the olden days. That campy Technicolor Batman of yore has now been replaced by Christopher Nolan’s present day Batman: bedraggled recluse being tended to by the ever faithful Alfred in the cavernous Wayne Manor. Eventually, Bruce Wayne is forced to don the suit due to the appearance of the heinously masked Bane (Tom Hardy). This muscle bound mercenary’s mission to overtake Gotham is overwhelming for even the most well equipped super hero like Batman. Enter Batman’s Scooby gang: Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman), intuitive, street smart beat cop John Blake ( Joseph Gordon-Levitt), thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) and invention extraordinaire, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).
What ensues is the requisite bone crunching, car smashing, grenade launching, and gunfire battles we come to expect out of a summer action blockbuster. As Gotham falls to the merciless Bane, we desperately root for the good guys to come out on top. As each actor took a turn onscreen to deliver their lines, my candy supply dwindled as well as my large lemonade. Each scene became enticingly and seemingly the end, and yet not while my lower extremities became numb. Despite the superb performances and action sequences, The Dark Knight Rises in the end stretched beyond a normal human’s attention span.