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Updated Jul 20, 2012 - 8:30 am

Chick Click: 'The Dark Knight Rises' film review

I've said in the past that I don't think of Batman as a super hero, merely a hero with a lot of gadgets, bells and whistles. And what gadgets he has in 'The Dark Knight Rises.' The film opens eight years after the death of Harvey Dent and The Joker and Bruce Wayne/Batman's (Christian Bale) human-ness is on full display. His company has lost money. He is weakened by a body that's nearly broken. But he must rise to another challenge - Bane, who most assuredly becomes a bane to Batman's existence. Surely, there will be comparisons between to Tom Hardy's Bane and Heath Ledger's Joker. Both are deeply malevolent. While the Joker was pure crazy malice, Bane is driven by the warped need for equality or balance. With noble street cop Jospeh Gordon-Levitt (who knows a few secrets) as his ally, Bruce heads back into the lair and into the suit, much to the chagrin of to his ever faithful butler Alfred. In one of the films most emotional scenes, he pleads with Bruce to re-think taking on Bane. And he isn't the only one urging Batman to rethink suiting up. Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) plays more than a self-serving jewel thief who ironically steals in hopes of getting a clean slate. She fancies herself a Robin Hood (But in this tale, I gotta be careful using any Robin references). She's also Batman's dark angel repeatedly telling him he owes the people of Gotham nothing. Simply put, what you get in the end is Christopher Nolan doing what he does best - a visually gripping, good action film with healthy doses of gravitas . . . and a really cool pair of envy-inducing boots for Catwoman.

Remember Aurora: My heart goes out to the community of Aurora, Colorado. It's a beautiful suburban Denver community where I spent the Independence Day holiday this year. I am shocked that a clearly depraved man would senselessly open fire and terrorize and murder people. We must remember all the victims, their families and that community in our prayers.

Warner Bros. issued a statement Friday: "Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

CinemaBlend wrote that it's normally fun to talk about how much money a highly-anticipated movie like 'The Dark Knight Rises' makes - but today it feels "even sadder." I think CinemaBlend was pitch perfect when they wrote this: "But let's think of it this way: while a genuine, unimaginable tragedy was unfolding at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, millions of moviegoers at other theaters saw The Dark Knight Rises safely, and were probably the last group of people to be able to enjoy the movie on its own terms, before the horrifying events in Aurora inevitably cloud how we all perceive the movie for months to come." They estimate the film made $27 Million at midnight screenings alone.

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About the Author


I'm Gayle Bass, the Click Chick, and this is my daily blog of what's weird, wacky and wild on the good old world wide Web. Is there a Web site you can't live without visiting everyday? Is there a video on YouTube that cracks you up every time? Email it to me.

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