Just got back from the midnight showing. What'd everyone think?
Also, there are some things that can be seriously spoiled in this movie. Use spoiler tags!
Overall, I really enjoyed it. I thought that the Dark Knight was a little better, but that's like saying Star Wars V was better than VI. Both still awesome movies in the end. The series ended well.
And now for spoiler discussion. You have been warned.
In no particular order:
Bane's death (or lack thereof) was a little bit of a letdown for me. One, we never really saw Bane's face. Two, he was kind of just blasted by Anne Cat-haway and flew off screen into a wall. That said, the whole man behind the man switcharoo was pretty well done, I think. I didn't see it coming, though I should have been expecting something like this in retrospect, after seeing Inception. One does not simply stop being Mal, apparently.
Robin. Ho boy. I had him pegged as the Robin figure from the beginning. Too involved in the final movie for him to be anything else. Though, figuring out instantly that Bruce Wayne = Batman seemed a little off to me. Whatever. The way they ended with him was pretty cool. Though, I'm hoping they don't do a spinoff series or anything. The next Batman movie should be a reboot, despite how sick I am of origin stories. This is a good stopping place, and I know Hollywood likes to milk cash cow franchises for all they're worth, but for the artistic integrity of the series and for the love of God, please let it end here.
Alfred. The funeral scene was excellently played.
One of the themes of the movie, especially towards the middle seemed to be class warfare. I just found this interesting, especially with recent events in politics and economics. Things like the Occupy stuff no doubt played a role in the writing of the script.
Catwoman. I really like how they portray her. In the past she's been extremely hammy and over the top. Hathaway does a good job, I think. She's just a very skilled thief trying to make a living, and gets wrapped up with the wrong people. It worked.
There was a famous image from the Knightfall series that came to mind while watching Bane break Batman in the fight scene beneath the sewer. This was obviously intentional. (Unfortunately, no dinosaur.) People were wondering how close to Knightfall this would stick - I felt like that was a little nod to it.
And Cillian Murphy was pretty funny this time around.
That's it off the top of my head. What'd everyone else think?
Edited, Jul 20th 2012 4:26am by IDrownFish