Movie Buzz 7-27

27 Jul

The Dark Knight Rises brought Christopher Nolan/Batman fans back to the theater giving it a solid number one spot grossing $160.9M.  Our LIH family continue to extend our appreciation to all those affected by the Colorado shooting who became superheroes in their own right that night.  Ice Age slipped to #2 ($20.4M) with The Amazing Spider-Man in #3 ($10.9M). Let’s see how TDKR did and if it was worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.

The Dark Knight Rises—PG-13 What’s the buzz?  “The Dark Knight Rises is a majestic, gorgeous, brutal, and richly satisfying epic.” says Richard Roeper.[1] “This is a superhero movie in which the superhero has no magical powers…a superhero movie in which the action, even at its most preposterous, is more grounded in reality than in any other comic book movie.”  Fans couldn’t be more pleased with the final installment, although, some were disappointed by the ending.

So is it worth the money? Yes!  Yes!  A thousand times YES!!!

  • Box office rank: 1
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 78
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 86% (POW!)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic-8.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 93%  (Holy cow, Batman!)

What’s opening this week in theaters?

The Watch (12% rottentomatoes)

Step Up Revolution (24% rottentomatoes)



7 Responses to “Movie Buzz 7-27”

  1. Comic Relief July 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM #

    Thanks LB,

    I don’t believe anyone can hear this enough,

    “The Dark Knight Rises is a majestic, gorgeous, brutal, and richly satisfying epic.”

    • littlebells July 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM #

      Thank you CR.

      Have you heard his entire review? I love that he basically says just enjoy the movie for the sake of it being a MOVIE. And that’s how to watch it. Just enjoy it! Don’t start getting technical. I can’t wait till I can go back next week and see it on the IMAX.

      Q: what do you think of it not being done in 3D? Honestly I wouldn’t have seen the 3D version and I don’t think it needed it. It’s visually stunning without it.

      • Open Book July 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM #

        ITA I think it’s great without 3D. Although, I would like to see it in IMAX.

        Its no secret, I’m a huge Nolan fan. Yes, I’m the nerd who’ve seen most of his films at least a dozen times. Simply because the plots and visuals are so intricate that it requires multiple viewings to fully appreciate all the ways Nolan is stimulating your mind and spirit.

        Chirstian Bale was AWESOME as Batman in TDKR. I loved, loved, loved Anne Hatheway as Cat Woman. And may I add I loved the utilitarian use of her mask and stiletto heels. Also, great character development. Her motivations and prejudices were justifiable enough to give her substance and street credit. I love the way Robin was introduced but like many I’m sad Nolan won’t be there to fully realize this characters proliferation. Will I go see it again? YES!, YES, YES!! I saw it last Friday and I’m still talking about it one week later…….:0)

        • littlebells July 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM #

          OB, regarding your comments on TDKR:

          I KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW!!!!! *sobs* Everything (clothes/props) had a purpose and function! And Robin…could not pick a better actor. Love JGL. And what a strong character Nolan created for a future “Robin”. I can’t wait to add this one to my DVD collection. And yes, I have become a massive Nolan fan. 🙂

        • Comic Relief July 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM #

          OB or LB,

          Like you I’m absolutely crazy about Nolan. I’m trying to have my appreciation for the film diminish my crabbiness regarding him leaving the franchise. I feel some more comic book cursing coming on…

          Oh I will just leave.

      • Comic Relief July 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM #


        Not that I have any examples of the opposite, but I love it when we are in agreement.

        One of the responsibilities of 3D is making great use of the technology. All those flying shots of Ironman, Thor, and various other flying humans and aliens was Joss Whedon’s attempts to make good use of the technology. Body flies at you, body flies away from you, kick, punch, arrow, plane, and giant alien war craft animal flies at you, kick, punch, arrow, plane, and giant alien war craft animal flies away from you. These were Joss’ many attempts to make that media sing.

        On the other hand Nolan was trying to show us how to respond to: Gotham’s environment of crooked cops, their sub-prime lending crisis, remedy their crooked politicians, discuss how the healthy should participate in creating and maintaining sustainable energy sources, describe how orphans deserve our love and support, assure that corporations should continue to maintain a public trust with individuals, groups, families and other parts of the private sector, discuss how an environment of compassion benefits everyone ect., ect. Ect, …and suggest we might embrace many of these concerns and these concerns might deserve our attention in our world as well…

        Though it might hurt the movie’s overall box office, I can live without 3D. I think IMAX is just fine.

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