I recently saw the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Without giving away any details, I have to say it was quite good: action packed, with a engaging plot, good dialogue, good acting, great visuals and an overall edgy, noir atmosphere. It was genuinely thrilling, entertaining and even moving. I never really followed these Batman films before, but now, after having seen this one, I would at least recommend the last three directed by Christopher Nolan. Overall they do make a nice trilogy. Rather than simply being mindless action films geared towards equally mindless teenagers, they seem to have some deeper themes, darker imagery, great characters and superior stories. In many ways they capture well the ambiguous nature of Batman as first envisioned by the comic book series. There is a strange darkness that has always been present in the Batman genre which is lacking in many of the other heroic, comic book based characters. The story line of underground criminals terrorizing a large, New York like city, Gotham, only to be defeated by a morally ambiguous hero, Batman, lends itself to a noir atmosphere. Also, Heath Ledger’s brilliant performance as the Joker in the last movie, followed by his untimely death, and the recent events in Colorado at the Batman opening, have given these films what is most likely to be an almost cultic status that will last far into the future. At times it seems there is more going on with these particular films than the actual movie itself. Sometimes certain films, in their powerful relation to a culture a large, can create such dynamics. Certain actors can also take on legendary and cult-like status. Think of James Dean, nearly sixty years after his untimely death at age 24, with only three films to his credit. To this day he is still one of the most revered, compelling and iconic actors in film history. Certain films can become more than simply films, and I think this Batman trilogy has that potential. Then again, I could be wrong. Time will tell.
One character worth mentioning in this latest film is played by the lovely Anne Hathaway. I have always found her to be quite beautiful. As the Catwoman she is quite hot, with an almost dominatrix persona and eroticism permeating her character. I particularly enjoy seeing her in a skin tight, black leather outfit, with her deadly, high heeled boots. Oh yes, she is quite skilled, nimble and effective in that attire. She knows how to use her long, perfectly shaped legs with the utmost and even deadly skill in whatever situation she may find herself. She was also quite enjoyable riding a sort of Bat motorcycle, especially the way she was bent over the seat…I can never get enough of such beauty. As Catwoman, she can beat me up any day. Pissing her off so I could be the recipient of her sexy wrath would be my pleasure.
For a great movie, with nice visuals, especially Anne Hathaway, I can’t recommend The Dark Knight Rises enough.