I didn’t like this Batman film as much as the previous two, mostly because I didn’t have a clue what was going on with some of the main characters. Catbint for example, I felt like I had absolutely no insight into who she is or what her motivations are, but since that’s true of all women I was prepared to let it slide.
More importantly, I didn’t have a fucking clue what Bane was all about. With the Joker you got a good sense of him being somebody who wanted to cause chaos for the sake of chaos, and the character was played well enough for you to buy into his mentality. But I never really figured out what Bane’s motivation for wanting to destroy Gotham – something to do with him getting thrown out of the League of Shadows for nobbing R’as al Ghul’s daughter, and needing to restore balance to the world or something? Fuck knows.
And then there was all the long winded and unnecessary political dicking about on the board of the Wayne corporation – nobody gives a shit, just make the bat-copter do something awesome.
The final showdown between the good guys and bad guys turned out to be a massive street-brawl with hundreds of cops and thugs biffing each other in their gobs while Batman and Bane played slapsies in the middle of it all.
***Spoiler Alert – stop reading if you don’t want the tediously predictable ending to be ruined for you***
The ending was all a bit Scooby-Doo too – Batman heroically sacrifices himself to save Gotham, Alfred tearfully apologises to Bruce’s dead parents for failing to save him, but wait, what’s this, he’s not really dead after all? Wow, Hollywood, you really threw us a curveball there!
To be fair, it’s OK as a big dumb action movie, but I was hoping for a bit more from this one. On the plus side, Anne Hathaway looks spankalicious in that outfit, and at least it was a few hours away from the kids.