Eyewitness reports have informed PCB of a couple in Queens yesterday, who pursued their local theater for a refund after viewing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and not being able to comprehend the plot or dialogue. Evan Feist of Stacks of Wax productions told Pop Culture Brain the following,
As the credits for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ rolled we watched an older woman say to an usher, ‘This is ridiculous. If you asked me the plot I wouldn’t be able to tell you.’ She continued, ‘I have no idea what happened in this movie because I couldn’t understand any of the dialogue!’
Not satisfied with the response the woman received from the usher she took to the manager. Feist continues,
As we watched the woman argue first with the usher and then with the manager, we tried to speak up on the theater’s behalf in an effort to reason with her. Regardless, the manager comped the woman’s tickets.
Of course anyone who’s seen the movie is familiar with the sometimes unintelligible dialogue emitted from both Tom Hardy’s heavily-accented-then-forced-through-a-filter Bane and Christian Bale’s growling Batman. Not to mention it being heavily mocked in parody videos before the movie even hit theaters.
‘The Dark Knight Rises ‘caught so much flak during early screenings of the film’s prologue in late 2011 that Bane’s voice was altered before the final cut was shown.
Was she right to demand a refund or should the theater not be held accountable for the film’s content?
Tom Hardy’s amazing, ridiculous Bane mask tan line. (via Moviefone)
Update: This is allegedly photoshopped.
Dalek + Bane
“Calm down, Doctor! Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.”
Your extermination must be more severe.
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“Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce … Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.
“People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.
“I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out—a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on—destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.
“I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser … but not all was as it seemed.
“Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.
“Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian … Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.”
- Christopher Nolan
(via Coming Soon)
Brief Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
In light of the tragedy in Colorado, I am going to keep this brief. It is not my intention to trivialize or ignore the massacre, and I hope the quotes that I have put up today have put my feelings into context.
Like the physicality of Bane, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a heaving, swelling monstrosity of a film. It’s nothing short of grandiose in its unrelenting portrayal of weighty material, while still delivering the hope and inspiration every good super hero movie should. Anarchy and uprising are tackled with as much fervor as sacrifice and selflessness. But also like its terrifying villain, the film moves with a surprising velocity and flow. It’s tightly woven in plot and plays out in what feels like half its running time.
Nolan and Pfister are on perfect display, putting everything they’ve got into this one. Overhyped sequences unfold with dazzling, harrowing spectacle that feel deeply affecting and visceral. (Even if some of the dialogue is incomprehensible.) In a culture overrun with trailers, set photos, information leaks, and the like, the film’s audience-delighting twists and secrets become somewhat predictable but nonetheless land. The cast, you can tell, are all-in and play it like a swan song. Even Anne Hathaway becomes easy to like and cheer for, despite a wrongfully placed love story.
The stakes in Nolan’s final Batman are huge. Bigger than ever, and so, he delivers on its promise. It falls just short of ‘The Dark Knight’, but it resonates and ties up a truly three-film story with both weight and finesse.