The Dark Knight Rises

This will be a very brief review.  There’s very little I can say about this film without giving away spoilers.  All I can say is that THIS FILM WAS EPIC!!!!!!!!!

It ended well, for the viewer and the characters.  We got closure, the characters got closure.  The way they ended Batman, if they wanted to, and if done right, they could easily carry on Batman without Christian Bale and his character Bruce Wayne.  Poor Bruce, they really tortured him in these three movies.  The way his story ends, it’s bittersweet, and you don’t want him to come back as Batman.  He has done enough, suffered enough.

When I asked my friend what she thought of Batman, her answer was:  ‘It was long!’ Yes Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is LONG!  But you’re never bored and you’re always kept guessing.  Especially in The Dark Knight Rises, woof so many twists!  Personally, if you haven’t loved the previous two films, invested time in dissecting them and a fan of the comics you won’t really enjoy the third.

So, my opinion on Bane.  Awesome villain, ridiculous accent. I’m sorry, but if you create a character with such a menacing look, that whole face gear, huge hulk look, muscles everywhere, you can’t have this high pitched weird Irish accent. It just doesn’t work. It has to be low, rumbling and deep. Like Darth Vader. I enjoyed the evilness of Bane and his intelligence, and his insanity, it was terrifying.  But ye gads the accent.

I was surprised by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character.  I thought he was going to be a villain!  Well he isn’t, he’s a cop, and a very likable character.

Here’s a little trivia, Christopher Nolan managed to assemble the majority of the Inception cast in this film!  We have Michael Cain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Miranda Tate, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.  Also, for Stargate fans, you might spot an evil henchman played by Christopher Judge aka Teal’c.  YAY he finally figured out that he looks better bald!  I loved Teal’c it’s a pity he didn’t get more screen time, even if he just pitched up behind Bane in a couple of scenes looking menacing.  Also if you’re a Criminal Minds fan you may have noticed JJ’s husband, Detective William LaMontagne Jr., aka Josh Stewart as Banes right hand man. >< He is so yummy, pity he didn’t get more dialogue.

Oh my gosh, I haven’t spoken about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman yet! 0_o wow, she was AMAZING!!!  She made the role her own, and was fantastic in it!  I especially loved her shoes!  A very clever accessory. I wanted her to have a whip, the fighting style they gave her was gorgeous, and the movements she made would have been complimented very nicely with a whip!  I liked her chemistry with Batman, I liked her saucy hardboiled attitude, and you could see that very, very, very deep down she had a slightly gooey centre.

I didn’t have much issue with this film, it was a fantastic watch, but there was one piece of logic that really, really irritated me because it was so unrealistic.  It’s the whole situation with Gotham PD.  And that’s all I can say, it’s a clever idea, but a bit unrealistic.

In conclusion: poor Bruce, he went through the ringer.  Bruce Wayne can’t be happy and be Batman, he can’t retire and be happy, he just can’t be happy ever!  I wouldd like to think of The Dark Knight Rises as the Batman ending and closure which the comic series will never have, because a comic series like Batman can never end.  A fantastic ending to an amazing trilogy.

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The Dark Knight Rises

WAIT WAS THAT A FLYING BATMOBILE?!?!?!  I quite honestly have no clue what this particular Batman is going to be about!  I’m not an authority on Batman, but from the characters chosen it feels kind of garbled.  Anne Hathaway as Catwoman should be interesting, from what the trailer shows us she’s a lot saner than Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was, but more vengeful almost, which makes her just as scary.  Which is worse, a slightly insane Catwoman or vengeful and sane Catwoman?

I don’t know who Bane is, what I know about him was gained from the George Clooney Batman & Robin.  This Bane looks less ridiculous, downright Hannibal Lecter in appearance and definitely more brains than the previous Bane.  I’m unsure who Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake is supposed to be.  The character Miranda Tate does ring a bell, but I can’t say who she is.  I’m not about to go and look up their comic book counterparts because I’ll most probably read something that could spoil the movie.

This is the official synopsis for the Dark Knight Rises:

Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after having taken the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.

If they are trying to imitate the chaos and insanity of the Dark Knight I don’t think they’ll succeed.  The Joker, was just absolute chaos, this film looks more like war than chaos.  Not that I’m complaining.  The Dark Knight Rises looks cool.  Can’t wait to see how this goes.

Full Metal Alchemist

A really sad thing happened this week: the first manga series I ever read ended. *Sniff*

Ed is eating the donut, Al is the suit of armour

In my first year of animation I was a total newbie to anime and manga. I was the comic book, sci-fi, Disney girl. One of the first things my new friends did was hook me up with some anime and manga. Its sound like they were my “dealers” and I was doing “drugs”, but in a way reading comic books and watching anime, or TV series you love and are obsessed about, is very addictive.  I always joke that when I go get my latest shipment of comics it’s like my “fix”.

So the first manga I ever read was Full Metal Alchemist. A friend lent me what he had of the series, and I started following it online once I had finished what he had. It’s an awesome series.

Bear with me my thoughts are going to bounce around on this one.

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST MINI SUMMARY WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE WHOLE PLOT!!!!!!

Is set in a world styled after the European Industrial Revolution. This series qualifies as ‘steampunk’ (one day I’ll figure out what the hell that actually involves). It is written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, the series started in 2001 and ended this month *sniff* * hiccup* 2010. It consist of 25 volumes and has two anime series chronicling it.

TWO BROTHERS………

A DEAD MOTHER………

ALCHAMEY………..

Very messy and tragic consequences.

Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric learn alchemy in order to raise their mother from the dead. Unfortunately things don’t go quite how they expected and Ed ends up losing his leg and Alphonse loses his body! Ed sacrifices his rights arm to fix Al’s soul in a suit of armour! Thus the series follows the trials of the two brothers as they try to figure out how to regain their original bodies.

The story is far bigger than this, with discoveries made with far reaching implications and consequences. That’s the beauty of this series is that its equal blends or horror, intrigue, tragedy and humour. Actually I find the manga extremely hysterical sometimes considering some of the situations the brothers get themselves into. There’s human experimentation, murder, massacres, innocence, broken hearts, determination, iron will, and awesome displays of alchemy. Actually Full Metal Alchemist is one of the most popular anime/ manga’s out there.

There’s this huge gaping hole between comics (or more so X-men) and manga and it is this:

Comics can’t be serious and funny, the mix doesn’t work for them because of the style of art they employ.

(manga you read left to right – perfect for those who are dyslexic *ahem*)

Certain comic series (ahem X-men, Avengers, Superman, Batman and comic series still running that was created in the late 30’s) have had so many writers on them that there seems to be no clear direction anymore. What one person writes, get changed or altered by the next because the new writer didn’t like what the old writer wrote! For example the whole weird thing with magneto a couple of years ago, first he was dead, then he was pretending to be someone else in the X-men, who then turned out to be using drugs to amp up his powers so he could destroy New York and then kill Jean Grey (YAY about the only thing they didn’t change from that story run) and then being killed by Wolverine while Proff. X declares him as obsolete. Then suddenly it turns out that THIS Magneto wasn’t the real Magneto! And that Magneto was still alive and would never dream of killing Jean Grey! Phew exhausting right?

In manga, if they kill a character gets killed off, its extremely heroic, heartbreaking, unexpected (most of the time), and when their dead, their dead. Unless they come back from the dead and then its totally unexpected and epic.

Basically manga series end! Yes some series like Naruto and Bleach have been running forever, but there still being written by the same author, there is a main goal that all these series work towards.  True they spin it out a bit, but look at American comic series, Superman and Batman have been running since 1939! The X-men franchise has been running since 1963, and it will never end because they still have stories to tell BUT as each new writer gets his or her hands on the series (and now I’m talking about all long running series) and make changes and rewrites, and sometimes their ‘changes’ damage the series more than help.

So back to FMA. I love it, its a really good read, with wonderfully fleshed out main cast and a wide variety of supporting characters all of them individuals. But the best part of the series is the dynamic of the main characters Ed and Al. In my mind they are like the main version of my relationship with my sister, right down to the older sibling being the shorter of the two (and the height complex that goes along with it!)

Don’t mess with someone who has a hight complex!