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Sophisticated Cinema , but Falls Short
on September 9, 2014
A bold attempt to make a conclusion to a powerful franchise that falls short in places. Who is Selina Kyle/Catwoman in this film? "Smart and sexy" sure, but that's an outline for a character, not a description. She wasn't well developed and she barely has any background. Was she an orphan? With all hers skills why was she never able to make enough money to get settled into something less dangerous (which seems to be what she wants?) We saw what motivated Bruce into becoming Batman, so what made her into the best cat burglar in the city, and one so masterful in combat that she can fight confidently at Batman's side (taking down guys twice her size?) SPOILER: Likewise, as Bane's back story turns out to be Talia al Ghul's, he doesn't have much development either (he's just some lug who lovingly protected a young girl for reasons we aren't given.) Talia turns out to be the 'main villain' all along, but we spent too little time to get to know her, so we don't really care. Her brief love affair with Bruce wasn't that affective and added nothing to the story or to the characters. What good Bruce sees in Selina Kyle is beyond me. She protects a little kid for stealing an apple once, but besides that she's just a desperate-minded opportunist who just becomes good in the end because Bruce sees something in her, somehow. The Pit subplot just feels like filler; a way to keep Bruce/Batman distracted so he can then come and save it. It slows the pace at a time when it should be accelerating.
Overall though, it's still sophisticated cinema and was a good effort. The best part of this film was John Blake. I found him to be the most genuine and likeable character of the trilogy. When he discovers the Batcave I was actually interested to see him become Robin. More care should have gone into the writing, cutting out Talia completely and giving more time and development to Selina/Catwoman and her relationship to Bruce/Batman, and to give Bane the spotlight. I think he works fairly well as a villain if you don't compare him to The Joker.