Being a writer, I try to keep up with the upcoming movies every year because not only but I just LOVE movies, but for me they are also educational. Yet I do have my preferences. I don’t spend money on girly, sappy movies or films that just don’t grab me. I don’t care what the critics say or how many commercials I see on the subject. I wait until these appear on cable.
What I will do in a heartbeat is smack down the duckies for action packed, nail biting thrillers, that has a good storyline, good scenes, great cinematography (I know, I know, it’s a totally generic word but for what I’m trying to convey that a great movie should have, please accept this word graciously), and decent actors to make it real to viewers; whether it’s drama, sci-fi or fantasy. The reason I don’t listen to critics about movies because I think they go a wee bit overboard dissecting films. To me they lose sight on some things—like watching a movie because it’s fun and entertaining. So with all the films being done now a days by any Tom, Dick or Jane that’s handed the money to ‘make it happening’, it comes as a surprise to me when the movie turns out to be a good one.
Now the duckies I let go this time was to see the movie-The Dark Knight Rises. Now don’t get me wrong, some of the batman movies that started springing up a few years ago have been some good ones which were casted with some of the best movies stars around. But I will tell you; this was one of the best batman movies that I’ve ever seen.
Its eight years later and Bruce Wayne has retired the Cape and have become a recluse because he, 1. feels guilt for killing his friend Harvey Dent a.k.a. two face and 2. the man’s body has basically worn out from all of the physical wear and tear from crime fighting. But when a beautiful woman comes in and steals from him (Selena Kyle a.k.a. Cat Woman) while he’s standing there no less, the detective in him re-activates. As his interests is peaked, a terrorist name Bane comes to town with a mission, and side missions, that’s so fantastic and so deadly that you just can’t believe it—Especially when he actually starts getting away with it.
Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman)—This actor has done a stupendous job playing this character for which he claims was for the last time. And the film truly gives him a sendoff that won’t be forgotten too soon. He made you feel for Bruce, the pain of loss, the pain of body and spirit who still despite all manages to crawl out from some truly dark places to be the Batman we know and cheer for.
Gary Oldman, (Commissioner Gordon)—One of my favorite actors who can do a bad boy character with his eyes closed. I’m very happy that he’s somehow climbed out that hole from being type casted and went on to be in some good movies with memorable characters. His career both on and off the screen is to be commended. Hollywood should give him more awards to dust off. And I don’t think he even has the big ones in his coffers yet,..tsk, tsk.
Anne Hathaway (Selena Kyle)—Surprise, surprise, surprise. Now us die hards, that was weaned on Batman since Jesus took his stroll on water, will say all the time—and with feeling—that everybody can’t be Catwoman. But this little lady has done us women, who all secretly have a Catwoman in her, proud. She took this role and made it her own for this film. What did it for me—she made you just hate her guts. This has always been a signal to me when a movie star has done their job and done it well.
Tom Hardy (Bane)—I asked myself as I watched man, ‘just where did they find this actor’? So I did a little sleuthing on my own. While I’d admit that I haven’t seen any of the films this actor has been in, you can guarantee I now have this one on my radar; and if you know me, that’s an accomplishment.
Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) —Another actress that I am unfamiliar with. But she too gave a good performance and will also be under my watch in the future.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake)—I’ve watched this actor grow up in movies for quite a while now. Even as a youngster he’s exhibited great acting skills. I hope he keeps his sights clear for all sorts of characters to portray in the future. I do understand that since starting his writing and directorial debuts, in which he’s gaining good ground in, I won’t be too surprised if he isn’t seen too much on screen as time wears on. I don’t think I consider it a bad thing either.
Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox)—I was so excited to see this actor debut as this character a few years ago that I did a jig(and I’m on a cane). I claimed this actor as one of two of my personal ‘discoveries’ when I was only a wee lass of about oh, I’d say about seven or eight. When I first saw Mr. Freeman, he was teaching kids on Sesame Street about letters and words. I thought to myself as I watched this man that, ‘he wasn’t supposed to be there; that he should be somewhere else.’ Even as a small girl, who fell in love with TV. at a young age, I seen the potential in this man and that he was about to embark of a career that I was going to keep up with. So I wasn’t shocked at all that years later, he became known as one of the most sought after actors of our day. I don’t have to tell you he was good, you know he was.
So it comes down to this, if you like Batman, you will go see this movie; it’s in your blood already. If you’re not a true fan, it won’t kill you to sit a few minutes to venture in this new episode of the Dark Knight. No,.. it won’t at all.