The Dark Knight Rises: For those who Rent & Those Who Want to Relive - Page 2
And now the insignificant, though equally poignant, support cast. Man With Eye speaks English. Be not fooled. Gigantic muscled man with rope? Never climbs the wall. This makes -0 sense.
Setting isn't much more credible. Football stadium full of fans in black & white nestled amongst 3 rivers with a UPMC sign. We are at a Steelers game? ...Ketchuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup!!!!!! Moving on. Gotham city. Only time I’ve ever seen that many buildings in one city is when I lived in Manhattan (one hot second), went to F.A.O. Schwartz during the holidays, & oogled the gigantic Lego displays. So Gotham City's either Lego City, a fun house with mirrors, or every metro area in the Western Hemi, combined. Real-time stadium miming well known team v. fake city on steroids. Got it. But Bane's tanks? They're just stink bugs.
Plot inconsistencies probably take the cake. For instance, how does it take 5 months? Five long, icy months to chalk some buildings and throw some trackers onto the trucks. And, okay, Bathman's MIA. But Fox (Freeman) is still around! He can make the ninja-bat-stars, and the police can throw them at people. But for fuck's sake. If anything, cut that spider-mask off. I promise you--promise--that once that mask comes off, the deep-voiced, head bobbing, collar-popping, megalomanic will stop head butting everyone. Seven innings restore the balance.
More significantly, what is this East v. West rivalry? Cold War ended in 1985. Nearly 30 years ago (this, I know, because I’m a math genius … & was born in 1985), yet "The Dark Knight Rises" still emphasizes those tensions. Sure, Nolan could have been going for the Middle East angle. You see, Bane also resembles this Uzbekestani wrestler who I watched final night of the Olympics. Uzbekistan does straddle both worlds. But audiences just aren't sure. I get the syncretism. Stay true to the comic and parallel current political climates. But NOT with a made up Middle-ish Eastern-ish culture. When closely mirroring distinct cultures, Realism is the only way.
Speaking of the Middle East, I still can't figure out how Wayne gets out. I can suspend my disbelief by believing he's a--The--bat-man. But I cannot for this ridiculous cross-continental travel. Can. Not. Unless he travels by broom stick. Or magic car. Or fireplace. Those I get. Walking/swimming/finding his way to an airport combo. Pfffffft. That (was) Bear Grylls’ territory.Continued on the next page