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John Ary On THE DARK KNIGHT RISES!!

Published at: July 19, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

 

 

John Ary here with my first reaction to The Dark Knight Rises...

 

 

While I didn't loathe it like Harry, I left the theater feeling ambivalent about it. I really wanted to like it, but there is a lot here you have to take with a grain of salt. Some of the scenes are fun (Bane's plane hijacking, Batman versus Bane in the sewer, Bruce Wayne playing cat and mouse with Selina Kyle early in the film), but the more I thought about the film while editing this video, the more I found myself knit-picking its flaws... and there are a lot of flaws. I would urge you to go into it with lowered expectations. 

Tomorrow look for my spoilerific Top Ten Things to Hate About the Dark Knight Rises video here on AICN. 

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  • July 19, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    It is time for a real comic book batman movie.

    by Eric

  • July 19, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Here's who will love this movie

    by JorEl214

    Casual comic book fans with some basic to moderate knowledge of the character/characters and then the bulk of the gen pop who loved TDK. The hardcore comic book fans will hate this movie or feel ambivalent about it.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    The whole series needs a grain of salt

    by bah

    People call them "realistic". Apparently that's a very relative term. The China sequence would be unrealistic even in a Roger Moore Bond film.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    They're only "realistic"

    by JorEl214

    because they don't feature villains like Man Bat, Killer Croc, Ra's doesn't have a Lazarus Pit. There's no mention of aliens in red capes or dudes who can tape into the Speed Force.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I heard Avengers was good, though.

    by GoSensGo

  • July 19, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    John...did you wanna fuck the shit out of Catwoman while watching this?

    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • July 19, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    THIS GUY ALSO LIKED PROMETHEUS

    by Jaymie69

    HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAA........OH MAN

  • Very witty and fun ones, but it was a movie made of nothing but one guy trying to up the other guy with a better line. It was like the ultimate Superhero dick measuring contest.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Let me see if I understand this...

    by Cornholio3000

    You thought it would of been better if the movie made it clear early on if Gordon-Levitt takes over for Batman or not? So you prefer when movies telegraphs what is going to happen the entire time?

  • July 19, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Things to Hate?

    by SminkyPinky

    Come on. Sure, things that are problematic (no, I haven't seen it yet), but hate's a fucking strong word used too often these days and part of what gives geeks a bad name.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    cornholio3000

    by John Ary

    No not at all. I liked how Nolan teased the fan boys with John Blake.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    sminkypinky

    by John Ary

    There are some giant leaps in logic that will leave you shaking your head.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    johnary

    by SminkyPinky

    Fair enough. I hope to see it tomorrow. But I still can't get to grips with hate with a movie like this. It's a term I'll apply only to a really bad movie.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    127 positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes... and not one on AICN?

    by American Mythos

    It seems like this site had it out for the TDKR from the beginning. And Harry liked The Amazing Spider-Man, even trashing the Sam Raimi films to show his love for it -- and his original reviews for Raimi's Spider-Man films were GLOWING! I hate to be one of those guys, but it seems like quid pro quos drive much of the like/dislike ratio on AICN these days. Oh well, I still hae the coaxial section...

  • July 19, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    *Still have the coaxial section

    by American Mythos

  • July 19, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Nail in the superhero coffin?

    by Dusty

    When looking at all the superhero movies over the past ten years you would have to say these three Batman films are the most original. They just seem to strike a tone that is only briefly seen in other superhero films. This should outrage the Comi-conions, but we are in need of a break from the superhero genre. It's time to step back and look at the genre with fresh eyes. I realize this is wishful thinking as there are countless superhero films upcoming. Unfortunately, I bet we can expect some more of the same.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    minkypinky

    by John Ary

    That's what's tough about it. It has some instances of brilliance teamed with flashes of stupidity. I would go into it more, but I don't want to spoil anything before opening day.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Aintitcool campaign against Nolan

    by Lourdes Galan

    Simply ridiculous.

  • IVS SAID THIS BEFORE ON ANOTHER THREAD. WHEN PROMETHEUS CAME OUT NO ONE AT AICN WOULD SAY ANYTHING SO AS NOT TO RUIN IT FOR ANYBODY TILL AFTER IT WAS RELEASED. NOW YOUR TREATING THIS MOVIE LIKE IT HAS BEEN OUT FOR DAYS SO IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU SAY AND WHAT SPOILERS YOU THROW OUT. BOLLOX. THIS SITE HAS SPOILT THE FUCKING FILM FOR ME YOU DAFT BASTARDS.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Spoilers

    by John Ary

    I don't think I gave away anything that wasn't already revealed in the trailers. Bane wants to destroy Gotham city, old Batman gets beat up, there's a big fight at the end...

  • and out of my cock

  • July 19, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for the kidd's review.

    by Volllllume3

    Hoping he tears Nolan a new asshole.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    johnary

    by Jaymie69

    yes but why didnt you and all your buddies at aicn wait till the film is released. its a major fucking film to start throwing spoilers around.

  • back in the day, when merrick, moriarty and co. did still write reviews on a regular basis, this site was class (with a lot of f-bombs, maybe). Really. Now? Don't get me fucking started. Sorry to say, but I am finally of to hitfix and badass digest. And to John Ary: since we all can hear what your taste in music seems to be like, with your horrendous background auditoricide, I am not shocked to see you not getting what this movie is about. Its about taking the Batman legend to an ending and therefore taking it places where it will never ever be again. Thats what makes it unique.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    The New York Times didn't exactly give it a rave.

    by cookylamoo

  • July 19, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' crybabys and their SPOILERS...WHAAAAA

    by SkitZo

    Don't read the fuckin' reviews then!

  • July 19, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I miss Capone, and the old crew

    by Lourdes Galan

    This site is like Titanic, sinking, sinking, sinking

  • July 19, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Man, Drew got off the sinking ship.

    by Randy

  • July 19, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Maybe some day this country can get back to film reviews....

    by kells

    ...written by people with credentials and not by any fucking idiot with a keyboard and an opinion.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    kells

    by John Ary

    Agreed! Oh, wait...

  • July 19, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Marvel/Avengers Screwed Up AICN...it really did.

    by hoorayforeric

    After The Avengers came out...this site geek-asmed all over their keyboards about it. Many people loved the movie, including me. But I also love Nolan's version of Batman and can take both. For others (like a lot of AICN writers and Harry)...Avengers took comic book movies on the highest level of geek-asm, to date. It was an exciting, funny, smart and warm. In the end, the bad guys got their butts kicked and the good guys won. Everything they dreamed of came to life in a huge awry of color and spendor. They didn't want it to ever end!! Then here comes this "Nolan" movie about a gloomy depressed Batman who in a funk because he misses his ex-love interest and a dark, serious tone with major plot twists and dramic storylining, more so than adventure. They didn't want that and still weren't ready for it after the Avengers. They were looking forward to "TDKR" but that sank more and more after experiencing the "Avengers". They finally found the holy grail of a perfect "Comic Book Movie" to the super duper comic book fanboy. "TDKR" and it's tone cannot hold up their attention and after the "Avengers", they're looking for some of "geek-asms" and they didn't get them.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Maybe it would work better if the fans had liked Rachel.

    by cookylamoo

    I mean, Bruce Wayne is pining for someone all the fans hated.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Actually the NY Times liked it

    by corplhicks

    Quite a favorable review. And they always use their snobby language but they liked it. Basically any movie they like 99.9% of the time is good and I agree. But when they reject a movie it may be good if it's geared towards us moviegeeks

  • July 19, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    How was the ACTION?

    by Arch_Stanton

    Something that I don't remember this site addressing about the last film was the near incomprehensibility of the major action scenes. Very tough to see who was doing what to whom. Nolan did a much better job, I thought, with the action in Inception, so I'm hoping we'll see that improvement hold over into this film, as well.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    @hoorayforeric

    by Christian

    My thoughts exactly! Most reviewers and talkbackers on this site can only digest ONE type of comic-book movie i.e movies where superpowered heroes fly around and use their superpower in a manly way to defeat evil supervillans/mutants (who laughs manically every now and then). The hero spouts one-liners and the villan is evil for evils sake, nothing more. In the end the hero prevails and everything is good (he gets the princess and half the kingdom and so on...). This is way Avengers got these guy in such a frenzy. IF, however, you try and tamper with that formula these guys will come after you with a knife or at least an angry review. Don't get me wrong, OTP superhero-movies CAN be fun in that "lets-leave-the-brain-at-the-door-and-relive-my-childhood" sorta way but you know whats also fun... variety.

  • July 19, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Oh snap! The Nolanites are planning an AICN mutiny!!!

    by Nerd Rage

    Shiver me timbers, matey.

  • July 19, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Uh ohs! The Nolanites are planning an AICN mutiny!!!

    by Nerd Rage

    Shiver me timbers, matey.

  • July 19, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    @John Ary

    by Ryan Kinsel

    People take Nolans realistic take on the Batman mythos, too literally. We still have to to be able to suspend disbelief in order to watch a Batman film don't we?... Bruce Wayne's vulnerability, i.e. training hard, looking fragile and still kicking ass, is a small part of a film that should have no bearing on your reveiw. I am starting a campaign to exile John Ary from AICN and expunge his contributions to the site for forever! ....Good day!

  • This review was spot on what I was thinking. Exactly what I was thinking about the police vs henchmen scene. SPOILER ALERT: DON'T READ ANYMORE FROM THIS POINT. WARNING YOU. And the minute I saw Gordon Levitt, I said "Fuck. It's Robin."

  • July 19, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    ryank

    by John Ary

    I'm all for suspending disbelief when it comes to well made movies. This film is epic in scale and Nolan gives it a distinct style from the first two films. The logic is more comic book in nature. With that said, there are literally dozens of details throughout TDKR that demand you to suspend your disbelief. After awhile it becomes taxing.

  • July 19, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    ryank

    by John Ary

    I'm all for suspending disbelief when it comes to well made movies. This film is epic in scale and Nolan gives it a distinct style from the first two films. The logic is more comic book in nature. With that said, there are literally dozens of details throughout TDKR that demand you to suspend your disbelief. After awhile it becomes taxing.

  • July 19, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    therevoltingblob

    by John Ary

    Many thanks!

  • July 19, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Very curious to see this movie

    by Tim

    The 2 reviews on this site so far (Harry's don't count for me anymore after the way he gushes about every piece of shit movie to come out in the past decade) are both similar. Both reviewers claim to like the movie, yet all they do is list problem after problem. Can't wait to see it tomorrow and judge for myself.

  • July 19, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    An AICN/Nolan conspiracy?!?!

    by aTwenty7thLetter

    Jesus Christ, listen to yourselves. Not everyone liked it. So what? I'm going to see it tomorrow night and then I'll make up my own damn mind about it. Honestly, though - if the films does wind up being a let down, just based on what I've seen from these uber-defensive fans leading up to its release, I wouldn't be at all surprised if a case of Phantom Menace-itis sets in and no one's ready to be objective about it until months or even years from now.

  • July 19, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    There's no conspiracy

    by A_Banned_Apart

    AICN doesn't have the power to make any sort of impact on Nolan or TDKR. It ain't 1999 anymore.

  • July 19, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    A very satisfying conclusion

    by photoboy

    The last time I was promised a satisfying conclusion it was with Mass Effect 3 and that was utter shite. Is TDKR's ending actually good or is this going to be another part 3 that lets me down (like Alien 3, Back to the Future 3, Superman 3, Spider-Man 3, etc, etc)?

  • July 19, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    As the Joker once remarked in his august wisdom.....

    by cookylamoo

    Never rub another man's rhubarb.

  • July 19, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Forgot to say Ary's great.

    by aTwenty7thLetter

    Favorite reviewer on AICN. Looking forward to more videos.

  • July 19, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Ha! aicn doesn't have TDKR in its sniper scope

    by Steve Lamarre

    Hell, didn't you see Harry in his latest video? The guy was fucking excited to see this movie. We all were/are.

  • July 19, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Hahahah these reviews are hilarious

    by Chadley BeBay

    The movie is a masterpiece, but hey Ain't it Cool to hate on the greatest comic book movie of all time? Apparently.

  • July 19, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    So this Robin thing.....SPOILER

    by TheSlapBetCommisioner

    SPOILER SPOILER Does it not irk anyone that Nolan, awesome and talented as he no doubt is, has basically totally given the finger to Batman canon and his trilogy's source material? Why not call Blake, Grayson? Or at least acknowledge that Blake was a pseudonym given to him when he was adopted; his family name being Grayson, or Drake or SOMETHING other than...'yeah, so my name is Robin, and that will also by the way, be my Superhero name and guise!! Hoorah!' I get it, Robin's kinda gay or whatever, to some people anyway. It's kinda camp and silly, but why bother including the Easter egg if you think that way? If you do it, do it right, don't just disregard a critical part of the Bat mythos's history or your fans feelings on a character they might well hold dear. The thing that pisses me off is, we only get to see these films done every few years and when they fuck it up, that's it until the next inevitable reboot, prequel, sequel, retcon etc which can take nearly a decade to get through (Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Nolan's Batman etc). So treat the material right and stop being embarrassed of the source. That's what brought you to the dance. Also Jon Ary...these videos are really....vanilla. I think the consensus is, text is WAY better than video reviews. It's cool you're trying something different, but the videos are so bland dude. Liven them up at least or sound more passionate. At least Harry's show has that. You seem like a super nice guy, but just personally, would much rather read your comments than view them watered down.

  • July 19, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Spoilers

    by John Fasano

    The film was pre-spoiled. They released so much footage, interviews, trailers, TV spots -- you guys DIDN't know Darth was Luke's father? That Indy was Shaia's dad? That Levitt becomes Robin? The Nolan-ites (you are now officially a religion, dudes) have to release their hate of apostates and Nolan Haters have to go with an open mind. But I have seen SO MUCH hate spewed towards people who criticize a whit of this film that I propose a new rule. It you want to post a comment -- you must show your REAL NAME. You wouldn't be so quick to call someone a "cunt" or make death threats if we knew who you really were. The negativity on this and other sites comes from Trolls who feel that there are no consequences to their words. I will start. My real name is Christopher Nolan. And my movie rocks. If you don't like the film, don't go. And then eat shit.

  • July 19, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    And what's with all the trilogies?

    by John Fasano

    LOTR was three books. Batman and the X-men went on for hundreds of issues over decades. Why try to wrap up the film in three? Mostly so you can say, "better come see this one because it's the last one" Even though Warners will start a new" trilogy" and continue to make Batman movies. That is lame.

  • July 19, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Robin movie is in the pre-planning stages

    by HornOrSilk

  • July 19, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    There aren't enough hateful comments

    by Liquid Meddle

    Don't all you weirdos focus your attack in one place, spread it around!

  • July 19, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I'll check this out...

    by HughHoyland

    Like I did with the Dark Knight. I like Nolan as a director, though I wouldn't say I'm a fanatic. But he obviously is a very talented director and his movies usually entertain me. And this is all subjective anyway. while some fans might walk out and say they hate TDKR, I may think its the best movie I've seen in years. Heck, I love Prometheus so what do I know right?

  • July 19, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Fuck "canon"

    by Richard

    Everyone wants something original, until they do something original with an existing character. Same bullshit as the amazing spiderman. Every fucking comic book character has like 12 different "continuities" anyways. This is just another one of them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a "robinson jonathan blake" as Nightwing movie? FUCK YEAH. Hell, just to piss off the fanboys, adapt a great batman story (hush would be awesome) into a story for this Robin/Nightwing. I think too much of Bruce's past was covered in Begins to really link Hush to him like in the comics (possible thouh, im sure) and Hush would mke a great doppleganger for either character, IMO. Hell, im sure that for the right price you could even keep some of the major characters around (oldman, freeman mainly) and basically keep it in the samecontinuity as Nolans films.

  • July 19, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Batman should next be a TV series...

    by ChickenStu

    Each iconic villian building up a series arc. Robin should be bought in for a two season arc and then spun off into a Nightwing series... If it could run as long as Smallville did the possibilities are endless...

  • I think every one has Avengers hangover.

  • July 19, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    It's called Avengers hangover, unicorns and rainbows.

    by 77AD

  • July 19, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    PLEASE stop with the videos

    by Krinkle

    You're not cute, you're not adorable. And you're also ridiculous to praise TDK and knock TDKR. Their flaws and strengths are the same.

  • July 19, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Also: FUCK THE SOURCE MATERIAL

    by Krinkle

    Movies > comic books

  • July 19, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Shit dude, you always have mixed feeling about everything!!

    by JarJar25

    Gosh, please go away you fuck!!! Your reviews are shit, and they're always the same. "Oh, I saw this last night, and enjoyed it somewhat, but had some mixed feeling about it." Wasn't that the same about Prometheus, Brave, and most everything else. I really don't want someone like you reviewing films on this site, where you can't decide, if you like it or not. You come off as a whiny bitch that is afraid to offend people. Guess what, that is going to happen, no matter what you do. Your fucking problem is that don't have the balls to be a man and tell it like it is.

  • So stop it with your AICN conspiracy!...

  • this site just keeps getting more pathetic. The only reason to come to this site is for the talk backs.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Movies > comic books

    by John Fasano

    Not when the scripts are as bad as the Nolan films. The Dark Knight Returns and Kingdom Come are written way better than any Nolan film. Inception? Dreamscape overly explained. Someone has already pointed out that all three Nolan Batman films have the same structure. THAT's original. The tragedy is the studios buy these comic books because people love them, and then don't use the writers who made the comics great.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Shit dude, you always have mixed feeling about everything!!

    by John Fasano

    cause he's HUMAN, not a Nolan blowing Zealot. I have been watching movies in the theater and as a projectionist since 1964. I can find SOMETHING good in almost any piece of shit. There's a great shot in THE GIANT CLAW. One shot. The sword coming into the womb in the new CONAN was great! Even if the rest of the film wasn't. And BTW, BATMAN RETURNS is a pretty good fucking movie. In Burton and Batman's wheelhouse. So you guys only want reviewers that think the film is either a total masterpiece or a total pier of shit. Have you ALL gone to public school in the last twenty years?

  • July 19, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    I liked Batman Begins

    by John Fasano

    Because it was the closest thing we were going to get to YEAR ONE, which in itself was a re-imagining of Bat Man. Cool. Realistic. BUt you have to admit -- the fights blew. To many quick cuts -- trying to make it "more exciting" Well I like to see what my batman is doing when he's kicking ass. Neal Adams drew the fight -- you could linger on each panel. BB was all dark flurries of -- something. BUt I gave Nolan his head, and he redeemed himself with the weightier TDK -- also NOT batman, but a good film. Now I don't want to sit in a theater for three hours and be depressed. Sorry. Real unemployment for us Black Folks is nearly 20%. My house is worthless. I want to walk out of the theater HAPPIER than I went in. Blu Ray for CHristmas.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    and grosses...

    by John Fasano

    are illusory. TDK was left in the theaters by WB for 33 weeks. $533 million in 33 weeks. Avengers made its $612 Million in 11 weeks. WB left TDK in the theaters for almost 3/4 of a year to suck up every dollar you would have spent on Magic the gathering cards. Expect a big weekend. They are, after all, ordering you to see this movie - commanding you to. Suck up all the hype you want. I remember when my cousin saw SUPERMAN RETURNS. He LOVED the Donner Superman -- saw it on TV as a kid, had every fucking action figure, bank, Tonner Fashion doll -- even had them play the Superman theme as he walked down the aisle at his wedding -- and when SUPERMAN RETURNS came out, he saw it the first day and said it was great. Well, we all know it wasn't great -- and here's the difference between him and the Nolanites. After he watched it again, he admitted: He WANTED it to be great. But it wasn't. Will those who kneel before the cock of Nolan actually come back here and post if they are not happy with the film? Let's see.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    RE: AICN reviewers are setting up hate fests of Nolan's movies...

    by aTwenty7thLetter

    This is such a dumb fucking argument. Harry LOVED The Dark Knight - and Batman Begins. So did John. But I guess they just decided to turn on Nolan on a whim. And did you even read Capone's review? It's not a "hate fest". He's on the fence about it. How insecure do you have to be to flip out this hard over someone else's opinion? No agenda. No conspiracy. Just another opinion. You butthurt Nolanites are everything that's wrong with the internet.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Anen, brother!

    by Bucky

  • July 20, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    14 people dead at movie theater in Colorado.

    by TheRaidKickedYourAss

    RIP innocent bystanders. :(

  • July 20, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Might be Nolans worst flick yet

    by Andy

    But still.. entertaining.

  • July 20, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Top 10 things to hate?

    by Sigmar25

  • July 20, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    That is the most retarded review title ever.

    by Sigmar25

  • July 20, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Just saw it tonight...

    by Ryan

    It's awesome. Go here for a real review: http://batstud.blogspot.com/ Meanwhile, dude, were you paying attention at all when you were watching this or were you like texting or something because you missed everything and it was right there. Retarded.

  • July 20, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    The internet is truly Fucking up the future of Movies.

    by trumovielover

    With all the Spoilers/ Continuous bashing of movies LONG before they are even released/ Speculation of what filmmakers are going to do. Constant nickpicking of films. We can no longer enjoy a filmmakers final product. It is harder now for a filmmaker to bring us a classic piece of film without people bashing their product before anyone has seen it. Let filmmakers make there films in peace. Enjoy films for what they truly do. Being able to sit in a theater and be catapulted away into their world and escape the everyday stresses of our lives. Thank filmmakers for providing us with these great escapisms. I have for over 35 years. And they will keep on making them and entertaining even though Assholes keep bashing them.

  • >> QUOTE (continued): "...And Harry liked The Amazing Spider-Man, even trashing the Sam Raimi films to show his love for it -- and his original reviews for Raimi's Spider-Man films were GLOWING." I have to agree with American Mythos. It's almost laughable how easily you can now tell which movies AICN almost seems -- pardon my bluntness -- "on the take" for. Where one movie gets univeral love...another gets universal condemnation. Plus, Mythos' example of the Spidey films is spot on. Go back and read Harry's old reviews... read his current review... and it's night and day how he flipped on things, and is even overtly walking things back. Now, I could understand someone changing their opinion over time... I could accept an evolution of sorts... but lately the reviews here have not only been all over the map and pretty fucking schitzo. "This is 100% cool! This is 100% not, even though it's the exact same thing!" However, the far more telling thing -- worthy of a Mr. Spock raised eyebrow -- is how it always seems to happen in a pack mentality now. Case in point, this current batch of reviews where suddenly all of the AICN reviewers want to dump on DARK KNIGHT -- which would be okay if the movie was actually bad, but it certainly seems to be an odd "pack mentality" given that reviews in the rest of the world are pretty fucking glowing. Gee, I guess not enough freebies showed up from Warner Bros. this month!

  • July 20, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Great movie ....no fucking Man of Steel trailer!!!

    by KJC75

    I was impressed with "The Dark Knight Rises", it was a good send off for this interpretation of Batman. I'm looking forward to a different take on the character, again, in the near future. Now about that "Man of Steel" trailer that was supposed to have been attached...thank you to my piece of shit theater that decided to omit trailers altogether in favor of as many showings of the movie as possible....Fuck you!!!!

  • July 21, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The Nolanites are crazy.

    by TheMark

    Look, this movie is NOWHERE near the quality of the previous two films. It really just isn't. It smacks of a guy who didn't want to even make this movie and I think the quality suffered because of it. It's tough to make a passionate movie when you don't care, right? I totally agreed with their negative reviews--I personally didn't enjoy the movie and we actually had a large portion of our midnight screening audience leave in the middle of the movie during a particularly lame reveal late in the film.

  • July 21, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    ... *shakes head*

    by seanpb

    The movie has some leaps in logic and flaws, but every review on AICN seems to have entirely missed the point of, if not the movie, the series. If it wasn't Harry mistaking the intention of the villain, Alfred, Bruce etc its someone missing the point about something else entirely. For 'professional' film commentators its embarrassing. John here talks about Bruce becoming Batman again, like nothing has happened, and performing like he's the Batman of old. No, he's not. He's nowhere near the Batman we saw at the end of Begins and during The Dark Knight; he is nowhere near the 'batman of old'. And thats the point: time has taken its toll on Bruce. Him coming out of retirement is arrogance mixed with enthusiasm. He has been champing at the bit to get the suit back on and out there and has completely underestimated his foe and overestimated his abilities. Themark: a large number of people left in the MIDDLE of the movie during a lame reveal LATE in the film? Why don't you lie some more; fabricate more mistruth to support your contention.

  • July 22, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    It is time for a real comic book batman movie. by claxdog

    by GoFuckYourself

    How about we make movies with the mentality of an 11 year old to make comic book fans happy! How about NOT! I like what Nolan did and could give a fuck what some geeky asshole who read a 9 part, sub-series, alternate universe version of comic story-line. READ YOUR FUCKING BOOKS and let someone creative make a movie with THEIR vision in mind. Do YOU go to a restaurant and tell them how to make THEIR food? No- well unless you are reading comics all day and going to the drive-thru... Grow up, or GO FUCK YOURSELF!

  • His top 10 list of problems only showed he wasn't paying attention to the movie. Bruce did not leave the prison and heal his back in a matter of days...it was months. Catwomen is hot and can fight...this isn't Schindlers List so leave the brain at the door. Alfred left...it made sense if you've watch and paid attention to all three movies. Lamest batman ever..would prefer Clooney???WTF...make up your mind...first to complain catwomen was not believable.because she wasn't real enough and then complain because Bruce Wayne acted human...The Bane plane scene...please see Schindler's List comment..That would be like watching casino Royale and complaining about the sky high fight scene on the crane...when in reality all Bond had to do was wait for the fucker to come down. If only this site would have spent this much time picking apart the Avengers (which I liked) for it's holes in logic.. DC be warned..Man Of Steel will get ripped apart here..well before it's seen