Are you looking forward to seeing the Dark Knight Rises? Critics would like to throw cold water on your enthusiasm. The Dark Knight, they uniformly declare, is awful! They are doing all they can to halt the tide of movie goers lining up to see the film. The Dark Knight Rises, they argue, is an over worked piece of campy trash!
The Chicago Tribune warns fans of the previous, Heath Ledger driven film, “nothing in the new film, , meets or exceeds the crises of The Dark Knight“. “What worked beautifully in “The Dark Knight” seems overworked and almost ridiculously grim in “The Dark Knight Rises”. Ultimately, they conclude that “The Dark Knight Rises,” makes “The Dark Knight” look like “Dora the Explorer” and is more of a 164-minute anxiety disorder than a movie”.
What we have noticed about the reviews of the Dark Knight is that they all uniformly confess that the movie is not dull. Their objections seem to center on the notion that the film is ham handed; that the Dark Knight Rises is tasteless in it’s use of exciting elements like explosions and violence. They seem to be arguing that the movie is simply overdone!
These are the kinds of reviews that one might want to ignore. Sometime’s reviewers are a bit snooty. They have a need to pan, perfectly enjoyable films to prove that they have selective visual palettes. We have all had the experience of going to see a film that the critics have panned. You are left in a total state of confusion, as you find yourself thoroughly enjoying a film that “the authorities” have dissed. You might even start asking yourself if there is something wrong with your taste level. It is fair to say that there is a big difference between the attributes that critics look for in the films that they like and the traits that average movie goers look for in evaluating films.
The Dark Knight Rises may not be great cinema. It may not be an enduring work of epic- art but-from the reviews we’ve read-it should be exciting and appeal to the tastes of most viewers!