The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
Running Time: 2 hrs, 45 min
Rated: PG-13


Review by Brother Reed

In 2005, Batman Begins pioneered the now ubiquitous gritty reboot (in film – it was being done in comic books more than a decade prior) and reintroduced a generation to Gotham’s mythic hero in a way that was more realistic than ever before. Then in 2008, the ludicrously popular follow-up The Dark Knight permanently changed our perceptions of what comic book adaptations could be; it was heady, mature, cerebral, and morally complex. It also featured Heath Ledger in a career-defining role that defied expectations. His Joker was initially supposed to carry over into the third part of the trilogy. READ FULL REVIEW

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Batman Begins (2005)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
Running Time: 2 hrs. 20 min
Rated: PG-13


Review by Brother Reed

It is not uncommon for me to come away from a movie feeling somewhat cheated. In 2005 it happened quite a bit. Star Wars: Episode III delivered on action but dive-bombed the dialogue; Boogeyman delivered jumps, but no real substance; and War of the Worlds failed to make me care about the characters. In fact many times it failed to make any sense. I actually enjoyed all of these movies in their own ways, but none of them had that total package that warrants a complete endorsement. However, I am happy to say that after seeing Batman Begins, I walked out of the theater feeling satisfied – satisfied that this was Batman done right. FULL REVIEW