Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is the most anticipated movie of the year. It has received critical acclaim, as well as its share of negative comments. In a new feature, BP writers Scott Nye, Kyle Anderson, and Daniel Bergamini will discuss their reactions to this monumental film. PLEASE NOTE: SPOILERS!
More than anything else, I’ve long felt that Christopher Nolan is – or rather, once was – a master structuralist. When one looks at Memento or The Prestige, one thinks first of their non-chronological arrangement, but he was also precise, one might even say delicate, in how he dispensed information. The Dark Knight, more and more, seems like a real turning point in Nolan’s work. The pace became much more aggressive, and the patience he once possessed seem to fade like the polaroid picture in the opening shot of Memento. At least with The Dark Knight, he had a purpose – the momentum stood for Batman’s inability to keep up with or make sense of The Joker. Nolan used the very structure of his film to get at his protagonist’s psychology, a recurring motif throughout his best films. With Inception, the pace was merely bludgeoning, and now, with The Dark Knight Rises, it’s downright deadly.