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The Dark Knight Rises Prologue

One could easily wonder how can it be possible to top the last instalment in the Batman franchise. With The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan gave a second life to a character that had lost a lot of credibility in recent years, directed one of the most brilliant villains in modern cinema with Heath Ledger as The Joker, and produced the highest-grossing movie of 2008. With the third and final movie of the trilogy coming out in July 2012, fans expectations are limitless, and it could be easy to deceive them.

Well, rest assured, I don’t think Nolan plans on not living up to its name. I was lucky enough to have tickets to the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiere Thursday night at IMAX, and before the movie, we were treated with The Dark Knight Rises 6-minute-long prologue, in full 70mm IMAX celluloid on Canada’s largest screen.

As epic as the last prologue was with the bank heist scene introducing The Joker, this new preview gives TDK a run for its money right away. I’m not going to spoil surprises here, but let’s just say that you’ll get a nice first look at Bane, the new villain played by Tom Hardy, whose voice can unfortunately be hard to understand because of the mask he’s wearing, in a gut-wrenching, bigger than nature plane-hijacking scene that is sure to make you hang on the edge of your seat.

Even if you’re not into the Mission: Impossible series, I highly recommend you take the time to go see it just to enjoy the 6 minutes of epicness that Christopher Nolan has to offer you as we wait for 2012’s most anticipated film.

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser

Christopher Nolan released the teaser trailer for the third and final instalment of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Ironically, the teaser premiered during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2, the same movie that beat Nolan’s record for best opening weekend, that he held since 2008 with The Dark Knight. The final movie of the Harry Potter series beat TDK by 10 million dollars, earning 168.6 million dollars for its first box office weekend.

The Dark Knight Rises teaser doesn’t show much, but as we can guess, Batman has retired after the Harvey Dent/Two-Face incident, and Gordon (lying in a hospital bed) prays that the caped crusader returns to save Gotham. We also see that Bane should be the main bad guy, played by Tom Hardy, but the IMDB cast credits Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, so that remains to be seen. Honestly, I hope Catwoman will not have a huge role in this movie, because I frankly think she is one of the less credible bad guys to ever appear in a comic book series. Then again, if Christopher Nolan would do a remake of Bambi, I would still believe that it had a shot to win an Oscar, so he’s definitely able to make a believable Catwoman.

The teaser launched pretty much precisely one year before its release in July 2012, so we have a long wait in front of us to answer all these questions, but this is definitely the movie I’m most looking forward to see next year. Nolan never dissapoints.

Robin Hood review

This was probably the movie I anticipated the most so far this summer (there was actually a tie between Hood and Inception), so it was a formality that I go and see it as soon as I could, which was yesterday. Things started off great, with epic battle sequences in which the cinematography and editing were just top notch.

But then, the deception kind of kicked in. The trailer suggested a really dark representation of Robin Hood, kind of like what Christopher Nolan did to Batman. Right at the start of the movie, the script sneaks in a couple of funny lines, which break that dark mood from the beginning. Don’t get me wrong though, pretty much everyone is good in the movie. Crowe‘s performance is solid as usual, and so is Cate Blanchett‘s, but the writers gave them some lines that were just too cheesy.

On the cinematography side, this movie just delivers what you would expect from a Ridley Scott movie. Epic shots, mixed with some crazy travelings that make your head wonder how can such a camera movement is even possible. The editing and sound have nothing to complain about either.

Bottom line, this is a movie you have to see on the big screen. It is a good movie, that fails at being great because of some flaws in the script.