Really. He is the movie's main villain for the vast majority of its run time. He is the one who terrorizes Gotham. He is the one who beats Batman and breaks his back. Who eventually takes control over an entire city. But then they decide his back story and motivation really belong to Talia. Then Talia fixes his mask, and Bane is back on his feat. And then he's taken out for good, not by Batman, but by another character. Who kills him. The movie sets up Batman's triumphant return, Batman beats Bane with little difficulty, but they revive Bane only for some other character to kill him. I just find that to be really unsatisfying. The movie doesn't fail because of that, it fails because of everything else.
I don't know man, the idea that an entire prison full of unbelievably dangerous criminals, left to rot and suffer endlessly at the thought of freedom, and the only one that manages to escape is a young girl, taps into something so incredible about life, the idea that no matter how big, strong or smart you are, if you fear, you live, is simply fantastic to me.
There is a very key difference between television, and movies, and that is movies are watched in a single sitting. With television, you are giving more time to set up events, to show time passing by.
But what if, in a single episode, a character travels a distance that takes months and arrive five minutes before the end of the episode ? It's exactly the same as a movie, we do not criticize this because we acknowledge time is being compressed, and it's the same thing happening here with The Dark Knight Rises.
And movies sometimes do this too, but with a movie like The Dark Knight Rises, I feel it loses a lot of immediacy by doing that. Because the movie can only show a montage of what went on for those five months that Bane was in control of Gotham, I feel like we didn't get to know what life was like living under such a (dictatorship?) See, this is something that would have been a movie in itself, but with the time constraints of the movie, you would have had to set it up from the very beginning, and I'm not sure that would have worked.
I think the problem here is that Nolan and crew didn't hold the tension after the stadium scene, if we had seen Bane's cronies gathering people in the street, pulling them by the hairs, piling them against a wall and shooting them dead, then maybe it would've felt like Gotham turned into hell, instead, we see the guy from "Rescue Me" planning coupe against Bane with Gordon, and everything at that moment seems so tame and quiet that you don't get the idea that the city is truly under siege of a maniac.
The movie did feel abrupt at times. Like, watching it I felt like we were missing a few transitions here and there. But I think one of the reasons the movie felt like it wasn't quite reaching a big crescendo was Batman basically returns twice. Imagine if they had saved The Bat until the end of the movie? Imagine if they had saved Batman's return until the last half of the movie? This is what's so frustrating about this movie, there are things that Nolan looks like he is trying to attempt, yet he fails because he undermines himself.
I think Nolan made it pretty clear that Batman was not ready to come back, his pressumption that he could defeat Bane on the grounds of not being afraid was gravely mistaken, this is why Bane precisely tells him that his punishment must be more severe, because he admonishes death as insignifcant, and thus, he cannot gain strength from the biggest source of power, the greatest motivator of life, death.
How on earth could this be something they could have kept secret? What does that even have to do with any of my points?
It's flying past you t3cii, we live in an era where part of the enjoyment of a movie now comprises the expectation period, we've created the habit of judging a movie before we've seen it, and while this is a reality for film fans, it is still not one for the developers, and thus, nothing can be kept a secret. Like it or not, The Dark Knight Rises was affected by this process.
You have a point here. But I'm not sure this would have helped had I not known who she was supposed to be. It might have made things worse. It might have felt like a cheap twist. Honestly, I think this would have been a better movie without her.
I'm sure it did have an effect. That does not stop this from being a poorly thought out movie, though.
Now you just suck