‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is the best film of the summer
Anne Hathaway stars in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
- “The Dark Knight Rises”
★★★★ (out of four)
2012, Dir. Christopher Nolan, U.S., PG-13“The Dark Knight Rises” is rated PG-13 for violence and profanity.
- New films
Director: Len Wiseman.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine.
The plot: A factory worker who realizes he is a spy gets the wrong idea and finds himself on the run.
Genre: Action, adventure.
‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’
Director: David Bowers.
Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron.
The plot: School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer. What will he do?
Genre: Comedy, family.
- Film Roundup
“THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN”
One could argue that this superhero is more suited to the vibrant colors and easy charms delivered by the first three “Spider-Man” films, and the dark alleys and existential quandaries should be left for Nolan alone to explore. But I’m not sure I buy the idea that the Batman movies have a monopoly on darkness and realism. There’s nothing inherently “wrong” with toying with different approaches and tones in the realm of the superhero genre, and in any case making another film in the vein of Raimi’s trilogy would make this seem like even more of a rehash than it already does.
The film has been given a lukewarm recommendation by a majority of published critics, but many others have labeled it as Pixar’s first true misfire, and even its defenders seem half-hearted at best. But don’t be fooled by the overly cynical (and possibly sexist) nay-sayers — “Brave” represents Pixar at its best (or close to it, anyway), and is surely one of the most rewarding times you’ll have at the movies this summer.
“ROCK OF AGES”
I suppose there’s an audience out there for “Rock of Ages,” somewhere. Most viewers, myself included, prefer their films to follow some kind of plot structure and actually emerge with a point by the end. We like story and characters and effective dialogue, assembled by someone who makes movies on a professional basis. But I guess some people are looking for something different, and in that case “Rock of Ages” may be right up their alley.
First, rumors started swirling that “Prometheus” was going to be a prequel to Ridley Scott’s revolutionary sci-fi/horror masterpiece “Alien,” with Scott attached to return as director. Then Scott himself squashed these rumors by stating definitively that, while it may have some peripheral connection to his 1979 film, this would most certainly not be an “Alien” movie. It was finally released, and many reports confirmed Scott’s claim. So let me clear up the confusion: “Prometheus” is unquestionably an “Alien” prequel, and anyone saying otherwise is either being willfully obtuse or too paranoid about spoilers.
Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 7:59 am
This week’s review of “The Dark Knight Rises” comes a little later than I had initially hoped, but oh well — it’s never too late to spread good news. And I advise you to enjoy the good times while they last, because the rest of the summer looks pretty dicey.
Next up is the potentially amusing but nonetheless ill-timed “The Watch,” followed by the completely unnecessary “Total Recall” do-over, and then ... God knows what. In light of this uncertain future, I further advise you to see “The Dark Knight Rises” at least once every week, in protest, until more suitable entertainment comes along. If any movie deserves to make a couple billion dollars, this has gotta be it.
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Friday, July 27, 2012 7:59 am.