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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Denies Ant-Man Rumors

Hello to all who may be reading this, time for another film news update and this relates to one of the actors rumoured to be involved with Marvel’s Ant-Man. Just recently Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were speculated to be frontrunners for the role and now JGL has spoken about in a recent interview. The following information comes from IGN:

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“Earlier this week, it was rumored that Marvel’s Ant-Man casting was down to just two actorsPaul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. More recently, however, JGL denied those claims (at least for his part).

“You know I’m very transparent when there is news in my career,” the Don Jon star told the French edition of the Huffington Post. “I’m always the first to tell my fans if there’s really something happening, so if you don’t hear it from me, it’s just people spouting out rumors.”

Of course, this isn’t a flat-out denial, per se, but it does seem to quash any rumors of Gordon-Levitt’s involvement thus far. (The actor also told the French-language AlloCine that reports of him passing some Ant-Man tests were untrue.) Still, it sounds like Rudd may now have the upper hand in joining director Edgar Wright‘s superhero pic.”

Well this is interesting. I mean he’s basically saying if there is an announcement about any film role he’ll confirm it himself, so one could assume that he’s not actually going for the role. But just like the IGN writer said, he didn’t say no specifically. So right now loads of people are look to Paul Rudd as the title character and to be honest that wouldn’t be too bad because I think he has the look and more comedic film background from what I’ve seen. Though I wouldn’t mind if there were other actors up for the role in the shadows to make things more interesting. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd the Frontrunners for Ant-Man?

Alrighty then, time for me to give my late thoughts on some of the recent film news that’s taken place over the last few days. And today we’re starting with CASTING RUMOURS! WOOOO! No but seriously its nice to get to speculate about actors and their links to upcoming films whether it be legit or not. So yeah the following information comes from superherohype:

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“Variety is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are the two frontrunners for Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, to be directed by Edgar Wright.

The trade adds that another actor could emerge, but as of now Marvel is said to be meeting with the actors one more time before making a decision.

Walt Disney Pictures has scheduled a July 31, 2015 release for the film, which was written by Wright and Joe Cornish.”

Okay so this is the first set of actors who have been mentioned for this role since loads of fanboys over the internet stop moaning on about Nathan Fillion and that other random incident with Simon Pegg. So yeah let’s analyze.

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So yeah what can I say about JGL that hasn’t been said already? He’s a fine actor and in the last 3 years alone he’s become a very notable name in Hollywood and his acting talent is very good and versatile. Its no wonder he’s been attached and rumoured for so many film roles these days. Now do I think he’d make a good Hank Pym/Ant-Man? Maybe. I think he’s good but I dunno how JGL fares in the realm of comedy considering the director who is in charge of this film and the subject matter of the superhero in question. Also I think he may look a bit young for the role. But putting that aside I think he would be a nice choice for the role.

Paul Rudd

As for this guy well I’m less familiar with his work than JGL, but that’s probably becomes he’s in comedy films and I’m not really a fan of that genre that much. But the bad thing is I’ve actually seen several of the films he’s been in including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Reno 911: Miami, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and This is the End… But, I don’t remember him in any of those films at all! And that’s bad considering that I’m very good with faces. But anyways, I think Rudd would have the comedy element of Ant-Man down plus he looks like he has the right kind of age in his face to take on a character like Hank Pym.

Now obviously this is all speculation at this point and it may even end up that neither of these actors end up playing the role of Ant-Man, but I thought I’d just give my opinion on the matter. Alrighty then, if you have any thoughts on this story drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Lincoln Review

I’m sorry for taking so long to get this review online, but as some of you may have seen who follow this blog I have been posting like a crazy man over the last 3 days and I didn’t want to overload their subscription lists haha. Anyway I saw Lincoln on the weekend just to see what the hype was about and see if it was worthy of all the praise, so is it a great historical film or just another boring biographical film? Read on and find out!

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So the story covers the final few months of Abraham Lincoln’s life, focusing on the President’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives. I found it interesting to see how Lincoln tried to get this amendment passed in order to abolish slavery, and I also found it interesting to see how a lot of people weren’t down with the idea and thought it was too radical for time too. The story in this film is dramatic, emotional and impactful. There are elements of corruption, dirty dealings in the background, and there is also a lot of tension in the film too. It was captivating though the story was hard to follow at times because of the specific dialogue used. And speaking of the dialogue, this film is very dialogue-heavy and not that much action happens, but if you can sit still and embrace the story then you’ll enjoy the film a lot.

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Then there’s the cast of Lincoln, they were all grand. Firstly Daniel Day-Lewis really does give an Oscar worthy performance as Abraham Lincoln. He carries the role with such gravitas and conviction, and he embodies the character to the point where you don’t even see him as an actor. The way he moved and spoke, I saw Lincoln in him and while I can’t tell how accurate it was to real thing I felt that he really kicked ass! Also Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln was outstanding, her performance was emotionally charged and you could see that she was a fragile and complex and Field handled the role wonderfully especially in her intense scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis. But my favourite performance came from Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, he was this intense force of nature who was a no-nonsense kind of guy who insults people he doesn’t like, so badass. Jones was incredible and his performance was powerful, unforgettable and quite funny at points too. And there was also some great performances from David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Costabile and Jared Harris to name a few. There really are too many people to mention in this film, but all of the cast were really on the mark.

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The presentation is also very good. The cinematography and camera work was excellent with some great shots and angles at many points in the film. And the soundtrack by John Williams, well John Williams is automatically awesome and while this isn’t one of his most memorable soundtracks, the score he composed for this film was fantastic.

So in conclusion Lincoln is probably one of the best historical dramas I’ve ever seen. Now while I haven’t seen too many films of this genre I have seen a good few before this film and this one is great. I was surprised with how much I actually enjoyed this film, but it was definitely a brilliant film that deserves all the praise it’s getting. Steven Spielberg has done a great job with this film, the cast is great, the story is solid and the presentation is grand. I highly recommend this film; it is worth your time and money.

Rating: 9/10 (Super Seal of Approval!)

There’s another review done, I hope you enjoyed and whatever your thoughts on the film drop them below in the comments section! See ya on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Bruce Willis Confirmed for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

My god it seems like this film is grabbing every actor under sun into its production, actors new and old are being mentioned for the film and just when you think the list is big enough it just keeps expanding! Anyway the following article from superherohype gives us not only info on Bruce Willis but also on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the use of 3D in the film:

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“A handful of the cast members from Robert Rodriguez’s original Sin City are already confirmed to return for the sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the one noticeable absence has been Bruce Willis. In an interview with MTV, Rodriguez confirmed that Willis will return in the film.

“Bruce is back, so you’ll be seeing him.”

He also spoke about newcomer Jospeh Gordon-Levitt’s character and story in the film.

“It’s a new character. He plays a gambler, a very cocky gambler, who comes in and tries to beat the biggest villain in Sin City at his own game. The story’s called ‘The Long, Bad Night.’ He beats the wrong guy in a game and bad stuff happens to him.”

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will be presented in 3D when it’s released, and Rodriguez says it will blow our minds.

“We’re really playing with stuff because that’s a very two dimensional world and to see that stylization in 3D, it’ll blow people’s minds. 3D hasn’t been used like this yet.”

In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to “The Big Fat Kill” and explains how Dwight came to have a dramatically different face. The film weaves together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants.”

All of these developments for Sin City 2 seem pretty cool and interesting besides the 3D stuff, I don’t care for 3D and I wish that it would just disappear for all future films. But anyways I find it funny that both Willis and Gordon-Levitt are in the same film again, must be because everyone saw Looper and became obsessed with Gordon Levitt after that point. I’m just hoping that this film will be finished and released on time, with all the people being constantly announced it makes me wonder when production will wrap up and get into pre-production. The film does have a 2013 release so I am kind of curious about its ever-increasing cast. Oh well I’m assuming they know and will sort it out.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins Sin City 2!

Okay well this was definitely a surprise when I read about Joseph Gordon-Levitt latest casting for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For while on superherohype, I mean Gordon-Levitt is totally having a lot good luck being cast in so many films these days. The following article provides more info:

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“Dimension Films officially announced today that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is joining the all-star cast as one of the lead characters in the highly anticipated Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Other major casting announcements will continue to follow.

Gordon-Levitt will play “Johnny,” a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.

“Johnny is a new character in the Sin City world and we are excited for what Joseph will bring to the role,” said Rodriguez and Miller. “I love how the first movie uses VFX, not to make fake things look real, but to create a heightened world unburdened by the look and feel of reality,” said Gordon-Levitt. “Plus, nobody makes a badass like Mr. Rodriguez.”

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For weaves together two of Frank Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants.

The ensemble includes already announced original cast members Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke as “Marv,” Jessica Alba as “Nancy,” Rosario Dawson as “Gail,” and Jaime King as “Goldie/Wendy” with new cast members Dennis Haysbert as “Manute,” and Jamie Chung as “Miho.” Production is underway at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, with a screenplay by Miller and Academy Award® winner William Monahan (The Departed).

The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on October 4, 2013 and is produced by Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions, Aldamisa, AR Films, Miramax and Solipsist.

Gordon-Levitt’s commitment to A Dame to Kill For also means that he definitely will not be appearing in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, as was rumored last week.”

So it seems like Gordon Levitt is out of the running for the role of Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, but is totally in with this new role of the character Johnny in Sin City 2 and all I can say is more power to him. Since Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has shown up in more and more films and now he is being the “everywhere man”, but that’s only because he is an incredible actor. Anyway this new character Johnny sounds like an interesting role for Gordon-Levitt and hope he kills it when the film comes out later on this year!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Being Considered for Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay and so with 2013 comes my first bit of film news to blog about and funnily enough we’re going back to the subject of casting for Guardians of the Galaxy. And as per usual the news comes from superherohype:

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“A few weeks ago, it was reported that the short list for the Guardians of the Galaxy leading role Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) was down to just two names – Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Zachary Levi (“Chuck”). Now, Deadline is reporting that The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is being considered for the role as well. 

Previous contenders for the role were Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), James Marsden (X-Men), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

The Quill character is likely to be the central protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict that eventually leads to him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also said to be on the movie team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released on August 1, 2014.”

So from The Dark Knight Rises to Guardians of the Galaxy? If Gordon-Levitt gets the role then that would be an interesting transition from DC to Marvel. Whether it’ll actually happen I think its unlikely, but it would be nice. Having a talent like Gordon-Levitt in a Marvel film like this would be really awesome and would add a lot more popularity to the film.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Looper Review

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Now from the time I saw the trailer for Looper I was very interested in seeing how it was turn out. I mean it is the first film in a while that looks original, has a unique idea and it also isn’t a sequel or reboot so I think it should win people’s attention on those last two points. Though I don’t think it was until the second trailer came out where I was like “Okay I really want to watch this film now.” And I can easily say now that Looper is one the best films I’ve seen this year.

The story of Looper goes like this:

“In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.”

I found the story to be very intriguing and engaging from start to finish. Just when I thought that I’d sussed the film out, another new element came into play and there was a lot of drama and emotional stuff to be found in this film too. The way Looper handles the concept of time travel is impressive too like how the events of future were connected to the past and vise versa. I also liked the film’s themes about cause and effect and whether violence is truly the way to sort out one’s problems. The story advances at a great pace and comes to a lovely finish too. I really want to avoid spoiling the plot of this film so that’s all I’ll say for now.

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Besides the great premise, it really is the characters that make this film work and there are some very strong performances going on here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe was fabulous, it was interesting to see the lifestyle of a Looper from his perspective and journey that he goes on over the course of the film once older version of himself comes into play. I’ve heard in the IGN review of this film that Gordon-Levitt was wearing make-up and that it didn’t look good, but I didn’t have any issue with it. When it comes to Bruce Willis as Old Joe we was great, though his character didn’t say that much and was in more a supporting role he was great had some really emotional scenes too. Also Emily Blunt as Sara was great, I wasn’t sure what her connection to the main plot would be but I liked what she did and her American accent was very convincing. Jeff Daniels as Abe was awesome too and Pierce Gagnon as Cid was absolutely fabulous, literally like the best child actor I’ve ever seen ever, he’s adorable!

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The visual presentation of Looper is great, there is some absolutely fabulous camera work done in this film. Just the way certain scenes are shot with the angles and tracking shots was really, really good and camera work isn’t something I talk about often. The CGI in the film is also used well too, and the soundtrack was pretty nice though not as memorable as other elements of the film. While watching Looper I was trying to figure out what really made it so good and why everyone was talking about it so much and for a little while I couldn’t see the hype. But then there are moments in this film that really stand out and make you look at the film in a completely different way to other films, and by the end of the film you at everything overall and you realise Looper is so much more than your basic conventional film. It’s smart, sophisticated, original, dramatic, works well in the science fiction genre and it really sticks with you after you’ve left the cinema.

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In conclusion Looper is a great film that exceeded my expectations and was a joy to watch. While I still don’t think it’ll replace my love for The Avengers as my favourite film of 2012, this film comes in at a close second place. The film has a great story, a fabulous central performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, some really impressive action scenes and camera work and I’m just glad that an original film has come out in recent times and been really good. There will be some that probably won’t enjoy the film as much as others, but I guess that depends on personal preference and what you’re looking to get out of the film. I say go out and watch this film, you’d be doing yourself a disservice to miss out on it.

Rating: 9/10

Well that’s been my review, drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts on the film and I’ll see ya on the next review yo 😀

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Dark Knight Rises Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review. Today’s review will be on the film that we’ve all been waiting for, the epic conclusion to the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy of films; The Dark Knight Rises.

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Now like I said in my Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 segment on The Dark Knight Rises is there really any need for me to talk about how big this film is? Do I really need to try and convince you to see this film? Chances are you’ve already seen it or are going to watch it. Everybody knows about The Dark Knight Rises and the hype for this film leading up to its release has been ridiculously high. So the real question is; after all this time has Christopher Nolan delivered a satisfying conclusion to his Batman trilogy? Well I can say without a doubt that the answer to that question is a big fat YES! The Dark Knight Rises is FRIGGING AWESOME! FACT.

Plot

So what’s the story in TDKR? Well the film takes place 8 years after the events of TDK and it seems like Gotham City has been in a state of peace for a while thanks to the Dent Act, that is until a new theat appears on the scene in the shape of Bane. Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of TDK, in which he took the rap for Dent’s crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane’s plans to destroy the city.

The plot of TDKR is deep, dark, elaborate and has many layers to it. I found the story in this film to be very deep and involving from start to finish. I loved how the film handled the events from The Dark Knight and still made them relevant in this film, and it was also impressive how the film sets up all of these new characters along with some of the more established people from the previous two films and make them all come together and have a purpose. The plot as a whole I prefered to the TDK, while the TDK did have a lot to like in terms of corruption, chaos and moral and ethical decisions that had to be made I think I liked TDKR more because it was on a larger scale, with greater stakes and we had a villain that was ready to sink Gotham city into the ground. Everything about TDKR just screams better to me. Granted that the plot does take a little while to get going in the first act because of the new characters and plot points to establish, but once the film gets into the swing of things it is awesome.

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Characters

Now let’s take about the characters of TDKR and while there are many, I feel like I will only talk about the 3 main characters; Batman, Bane and Catwoman and then mention any other relevant people afterwards. But just to let you know now the standout performances come from Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway as their performances really did resonate with me and stayed with me after the film ended.

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman was actually really good in this film and I think it is his finest performance in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Before this film I thought he had made a decent Bruce Wayne, but I was never overly fussed, nor had I ever been attached to his character, but his performance really won me over in TDKR due to the circumstances that take place in the film, the journey Bruce/Batman has to go on and what that does to him physically and mentally. While in the previous two films we’ve seen Bruce go through a lot, I don’t think any amount of training could prepare him for what happens in TDKR. I mean he’s been out of the game as Batman for 8 years and has become a recluse, but when Bane is on scene he has to become Batman once again to save Gotham. And I found it really interesting the way Bruce had to get back into swing of things as Batman, how he had to get into the right mindset and physical groove for his encounters with Bane. Bale brought his A-game in this film and for the first time in this trilogy I really liked his version of both Bruce and Batman. There are some really deep and emotional moments with this character and you go through it all with him over the course of the film as he falls from grace and has to build himself back up again.

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Let’s talk about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. I am just going to say it right now, Anne Hathaway kicked ass as Catwoman. The interesting think about her character was her history and her motives for doing what she does, sure she is a thief living on the wrong side of the law but she has a reason for doing it and I love how Catwoman was relevant to the main plot too. Ms. Hathaway brings the smart, cunning and sexy nature of Catwoman from the comics to the big screen, it is easy to get attached to her to her character because Hathaway portrays her in such a great way and another thing Hathaway got right was the fighting elements too. She kicks so much ass in this film and I was really impressed by Hathaway, I think this is her best role in any film ever. And yes she looks sexy as hell in that cat suit yo! 😀 Now let’s move onto Tom Hardy as Bane. Simply put, he killed it as Bane. Bane was a very captivating character and a great villain to watch in this film. He is an intelligent, calculated and menacing terrorist leader who just from looking at his face you know is just badass. Tom Hardy brings a great deal of tenacity, intensity and realism to his role and he creates this presence on-screen so when you see him you know that something’s gonna go down. Whether it’s the intense look in his eyes that’ll make you quake in fear or the way in which he delivers dialogue that’ll shit your pants, Bane is just a beast of a guy. What I love about Bane is that he is a villain with a mission, who has loads of followers willing to do his bidding, but he also isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and get in on the action himself.

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Outside of Batman, Bane and Catwoman there are few other notable characters that made this film work, like Alfred. Michael Caine in The Dark Knight Trilogy has always been one of the key aspects of what makes Nolan’s films work, and while he doesn’t have as much screen time as I would have liked when he is on-screen it matters. He is still the reliable butler supporting Bruce throughout all of his endeavours, but in this film when Bruce is clearly up against a force far beyond his physical and mental capabilities he voice concern for Bruce’s safety and when he delivers his lines in this film it is so heartfelt and emotional that you can’t help but well up and maybe shed a tear for the old man. Caine is still incredible as Alfred and his character in this film has never spoken truer words. Another notable character whose relevance in this trilogy of films is massive is Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. It was great to see his character dealing with the events of TDK and feeling guilty for covering up the death of Harvey Dent, but what is also more interesting is when the city falls into chaos and how he deals with it as he spring into action. I was glad to see the return of Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, I was interested to see where his character would go after TDK and I was glad to see how his character had changed since the last film and how he was relevant in this film too. And lastly Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake was fantastic, Blake was an intelligent and self-aware police officer who plays a big part in the film and he had some great scenes with Cruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, he was agreat addition to an already stellar cast and I believe Joseph Gordon-Levitt was almost as great as he was in Inception with the way he handled his character in this film.

There is a great deal of interesting interaction between different characters too whether it be the character dynamic will work between Batman and Catwoman or the confrontation between Batman and Bane or the more intimate moments between Bruce and Alfred or the scenes with Commissioner Gordon and John Blake. Most of the cast members all interact with each other at one point or another and it is just lovely to see how they bounce off of each other. The key thing that has my interest in the fight between Batman and Bane, finally we’re going to get a big one-on-one fight with Batman and another enemy which is totally necessary in my opinion.

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Presentation

Visually the film is great, everything looks stunning and while the small special effects used on stuff like The Bat look good, the main reason TDKR succeeds its down to the cinematography. The way the film is shot is simply amazing, so many times I was just taking in all of the beautiful shots of the city and those wonderfully shot scenes and sequences in the winter. Never before has a film with so little CGI and special effects ever impressed me so much. I just love how real everything is and how much practical effects they used on the film, the visual side of TDKR is truly a sight to behold. Also outside of the intimate scenes with the main characters there are some absurdly cool scenes of destruction and chaos going down. Football fields crumble, buildings are demolished, explosions happen in many locations and mass panic ensues. TDKR also gives us the best fight scenes in the entire trilogy, whether it be Catwoman throwing down against her adversaries or the incredible fight scenes between Batman and Bane. Now most Batman films seem to be lacking in the fighting department because Batman’s never been a proper fight before, but in this film the fight scenes are not only good, they are hella good! They are well-filmed, well-choreography and they’re shot in some really interesting and beautiful ways and the music that comes with these scenes only amplifies the awesomeness by 100%!

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The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is great. The previous soundtracks done by Zimmer and James Newton Howard in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have been damn good, but this soundtrack is my favourite so far. This soundtrack captivated me deeply (much like when I saw Inception). Zimmer’s work is simply incredible, it is a combination of the two previous Batman films with some new themes brought into the mix for this third film. It was soft and touching in the emotional scenes or it can be loud and insane in the tense action scenes. I think my favourite track was “Gotham’s Reckoning“, it builds from the beginning to end and just becomes this ferocious and chaotic beast of a song.

Obviously there is another big question that needs to answered; is The Dark Knight Rises better than The Avengers? For me that is a tough call, I fell in love with The Avengers and watched it 4 times in the cinema, while I’ve only seen TDKR once, but I feel that I would still put The Avengers ahead of TDKR because it was everything I wanted and more. The Avengers for me was the definitive version of what a comic book film should be while TDKR gives a realistic form of a comic book film.

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Conclusion

So in conclusion The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t just great, it was amazing. To be honest I was just expecting a film that was just going to be good but not as good as The Dark Knight, but luckily the film exceeded any expectations I had of it. It was big, loud and proud. This was my favourite of the Christopher Nolan films because it gave me everything I had wanted from a Batman film; a dramatic story with amazing dialogue, deep and interesting characters, brilliant, brutal and well-choreographed fight scenes, incredible cinematography and a fantastic soundtrack. While the film does a few nitpicky issues and many may argue that TDK is still the best Batman film around, I however beg to differ. This is my favourite Batman film, I was hooked from beginning to end and I was thoroughly satisfied with the end result. I REALLY WANT TO BAG TO SEE IT RIGHT NOW! I feel gutted for the person who has to reboot the Batman film franchise, he’s got a tought act to follow.

Rating: 8.5/10

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another instalment of Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012. And today’s post will be on what could be described as the most anticipated film of not only the summer, but of the whole year; The Dark Knight Rises.

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Now is there really any need for me to talk about how big this film is? Do I really need to try and convince you as a person to see this film? Chances are you already know about The Dark Knight Rises and are ridiculously hyped for it. But there are a number of people in the world that aren’t that well-informed or in some strange cases may not even care about this upcoming Batman film, so for those people this blog post is gonna be about the info surrounding the film, why I’m hyped for it and why you should see it when it comes out in July.

Now TDKR is the third installment in the series of Batman films directed by the awesomeness that’s Christopher Nolan (director of Memento, The Prestige & Inception). First we had Batman Begins in 2005, which was the first Batman film since the disgusting piece of work that was Batman & Robin from 1997. Luckily Batman Begins was a solid film that was dark, gritty and make Batman seem pretty cool again. That film also introduced us to a more realistic take on the superhero genre, Nolan’s take on Batman was more like a realistic thriller with superhero elements attached to it in my opinion. While Batman Begins was good, it did have it’s fair share of problems like: Christian Bale’s raspy Batman voice, horribly messy fight scenes, the tumbler and the poor use of the villain Scarecrow. Overall though Batman Begins was very successful both financially and critically and the fans became obsessed and wanted another one…

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The film that started this crazy train of Batman madness. A good entry to this Batman trilogy.

So then wait three years down the line, it’s 2008 and we were given what many comic book fans and critics consider to be the best comic book film in existence, The Dark Knight. Before this film came out, the hype for TDK was insane. No seriously it was like the world was going to blow up. The stakes were higher, the scale was bigger and most importantly we had Batman’s best and most recognisable villain in there too, The Joker. The marketing for this film was very well crafted. The viral campaigns were so stylish and the trailers for the film looked insane and was so much deeper, creepier, darker and more realistic than ever. Unfortunately actor Heath Ledger who portrayed the Joker in the film died 6 months prior to the film’s release which shocked man people around the world, that in turn did make more people pay attention to the film due to the media’s coverage of Mr. Ledger’s death and how he was attached to TDK. So anyways The Dark Knight eventually came out in July 2008 and it blew up at the cinema. It was the hottest film of that summer and of that year. It was a hell of a lot better than Batman Begins, there was deeper character development, better fight scenes, wonderful cinematography, a fabulous soundtrack and an incredibly dense and interesting story. Though the best part of the film really was the Joker, he really just stole show in the film. Heath Ledger gave us a dark, twisted and chaotic version of the character who took inspiration from the comics while still offering up something new. Every scene he was in was incredible. It truly was Heath Ledger’s best performance in my opinion. The film blew up as the box office and broke so many damn records, some of which have yet to be broken to this day. For me TDK is a great film, though it’s a tad overhyped for my liking. Some things were still off for me like: Bale’s gruff and raspy Batman voice,  the film’s pace sort of dragged at times and the realistic setting as good as it was it started to feel less like a Batman film and more of a realistic thriller with Batman characters lurking around in it. And I also thought that TDK lacked a bit of the charm that came with Batman Begins too. But that’s just my opinion.

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The film that’s seen by many as the best superhero film in existence.

So after the success of The Dark Knight how do you follow that up? By being Christopher Nolan and busting out another film in 2012, that’s how! After TDK many fans of the film wondered how would one honestly follow-up a film like that when you’ve used the most iconic villain and put Bruce Wayne/Batman through a great deal of pain already. Well, somehow the production moved ahead, we found out that the two main new characters would be Bane and Catwoman and Chris Nolan teamed up with several of his previous collaborators in order to craft what would be his final Batman film.

Now I ain’t gonna lie ladies and gents, as much as I like Batman and have a great love for the many animated TV shows over the years, I can’t say that much of a big Batman fan overall. Technically speaking I’m a Marvel fan, more so than DC. So when it comes to big superhero films I know everything when it comes to Marvel and then casually look at DC-based stuff. So in turn that’s why I’ve been more interested in The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, and that’s also the reason why’s there’s much more information on those films then the amount of TDKR.

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Anyways now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, what’s the story of this film gonna be? Well it apparently takes place 8 years after TDK and it seems like Gotham City has been in a state of peace for a while, that is until two new villains show up on the scene in the shape of Bane and Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). Batman must then come back into action and save the city from being destroyed. To be honest from what’s been shown in the full-length trailers, this film looks like it’s going to be big and on a much bigger scale than the previous film. I thought that The Dark Knight was the height of epicness that could be reached in Nolan’s Batman films and yet here we see in this film that the stakes are higher, the level of destruction going on is insane and it seems like Batman might actually be defeated or even worse… Killed. I found it interesting back in the early casting days that a few members from Inception was gonna be joining the cast of TDKR in the form of Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And since we’re on the subject of casting I guess now would be as a good a time as any to talk about the cast of this film.

So let’s start with Tom Hardy as Bane because I’m always more interested in the villains then I am in Batman. Now I remembered when he was signed on to the big bad villain role and most of us who had watched either Inception or Bronson knew what the deal was with Hardy so we knew we had a good actor at the ready. Now when the first few pictures came out, a good number of fans were complaining that he was too small and that he needed to look more in-lin with the comic book material. Though you’d think a lot of them would have learned that Chris Nolan’s Batman world is much more realistic than those of the conventional comic book movies so there are bound to be liberties taken with character design. And let’s remember that a great deal of stuff from Nolan’s Batman films only bare small resemblance to their source material. But anyway moving on, I remember when the first trailer came out and Bane’s voice was soooooo muffled and I had to listen really carefully to understand him and that was a major factor with all the people who saw that 6-minute preview of the film back in December. Luckily by the time the latest trailer came out Bane was as clear as day and he looked and sounded like a badass. He just seems like a big badass man of destruction. Not only is he more than a match for Batman himself, but he also seems like a calculated man ready to bring a new type of chaos in a different way from the Joker.

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Now let’s take about Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Okay we’ve seen him in the previous two films and he’s a been through a lot, but in this film Bruce/Batman looks like he’ll be put through hell and back physically and mentally. I’m just curious to see what’s been going on in Bruce’s life in the 8 years between the last film and this one. And I also wanna see how the story develops his character too. Compared to a lot of other superhero films, Bale’s version of Bruce Wayne/Batman I’m not overally interested in, he’s alright and I’m sure there are people who love it but for me there’s never been a point where I’ve been attached to his character.

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Okay now let’s move onto Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. I think it’s fair to say that when Ms. Hathaway was cast as Catwoman a lot of people weren’t too keen on her. I mean she’s hot, that’s a fact. But outside of that not many of her films have ever been amazing and she’s not really the first actress you think of to take on the character as interesting and as complex as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. But most us trusted Chris Nolan’s judgment as he’s never made a film where the cast didn’t work in his favour. The first screenshots we got of her were interesting, but lacking the more ‘cat-like’ aspects of the costume which lead a lot of fans to go into frenzy about it, complaining in many of the forums I passed through. Other people just thought she looked hot in leather and never questioned anything else about her haha. Eventually we did see the full uniform and she indeed have the cat ears and to be honest that’s all I needed. In the trailers she seems very suspicious, provocative and acrobatic; all the key aspects hat Catwoman requires, so I am curious to see what Anne Hathaway does with the role and hopefully she’ll do her comic book character justice.

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Now I know that there are many other additional cast members that’ll be part of this film, but to be honest I’m only mainly interested in a few specific people outside of Batman, Bane and Catwoman. Like Alfred, I love Michael Caine in these Batman films and I believe him to be one of the key aspects of what makes Nolan’s films work, he is the reliable butler always supplying helpful information and supporting Bruce throughout all of his endeavours. I’m also curious to see what’s been going with Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and I also want to know what the significance of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character as John Blake. Outside of characters I’m looking forward to some absurdly cool scenes of destruction and cool spectacle. I also am ready for another kick ass soundtrack from Hans Zimmer who I swear is a composer of music who can never do wrong! I’m also curious to see how the character dynamic will work between Batman and Catwoman. The key thing that has my interest in the fight between Batman and Bane, finally we’re going to get a big one-on-one fight with Batman and another enemy which is totally necessary in my opinion. I just want to see Bane break Batman! 😀 We haven’t seen a proper representation of all of Batman’s martial arts skills and how he’d use them along with his gadgets in a fight. Fights in Batman films seem to lack style, choreography and that ‘cool’ effect you’d get the X-Men or Spider-Man films which excel in their fight sequences (sure they have super powers but they are still done well and that’s what counts).

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In conclusion The Dark Knight Rises is looking like an epic conclusion to the Christopher Nolan Batman films. Its got action, drama, atmosphere and so much more. Any fan of Batman or Christopher Nolan shouldn’t miss out on this film. It really is one of the biggest films of 2012, people have been patiently waiting for the arrival of this film, but now that it’s so close fan are starting to blow up. This film along with The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Hobbit is in the list of the most anticipated film of the year. Now The Avengers already started off the summer film season with a bang and has proven to be a success with fans and critics. It has now set the standard for good films this year, it’s also broken loads of records financially and has now become the 5th highest grossing film of all time! So TDKR has some pretty big shoes to fill, however if history is anything to go by, then by the time we get to July 20th the Batman fans will come in great numbers and destroy Marvel like they did in 2008. However times are different and The Avengers is no simple comic book film, it is the definition of the ultimate comic film and has been anticipated for 4 years (even more for comic book fans of the older generation). Either way I know TDKR is gonna be a big deal this summer and I’ll be there to see what the deal is. 🙂

If you still need convincing of the awesomeness of this film watch this trailer:

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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