The Dark Knight Rises (****)
Gotham is a total mess
Too many rumors
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. Most of the time, when I'm looking forward to a movie, I try to avoid spoilers. I don't watch too many trailers; I attempt to stay away from the rumor mill. (Although I often post these items in Nerd News, I try not to soak them in.) This time, however, I seemed to have failed. I found myself watching TDKR and not really being surprised by the supposed to be surprising bits. It made for a bit of a predictable watch and an extremely predictable ending.
That said, I enjoyed the movie. I really liked Anne Hathaway's Catwoman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake, and I always enjoy Michael Caine's Alfred. In fact, Alfred brought tears to my eyes during this movie on more than one occasion. I found Bane's voice—not hard to understand—but kind of ridiculous. (Really, where was that accent supposed to be from?)
The story was good, if a little less psychologically scary than that of The Dark Knight (my favorite of the trilogy). I prefer when Bat-villains are a bit disturbing, which Bane might have been had he been hopped up on the Venom serum like he is in some other Bat canon. Overall, it had a pretty happy ending, too, which is always nice when you come to the end of a trilogy in which you've invested in the characters.
I have also come to realize that I prefer my action with a decent-sized helping of humor along with it (à la The Avengers, The Expendables, etc.). The few one-liners in TDKR that were meant to be funny (I guess?) fell flat. I'm just a fan of the quips, what can I say.