A Hero Rises: the Dark Knight Rises Review

All right, more about you guys asked for it (not really) and I’m sure you’ve been anticipating it for over a week now (I highly doubt that) and I’m super proud to present (or just don’t really have anything else to write about), recipe my review and thoughts on the newest and last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, capsule The Dark Knight Rises.

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Now, of course, as any nerd girl would, I went to the midnight showing of this movie. Due to some, hem, hem, difficulties before the show, I wound up getting to the movie at about 11:20, only forty minutes before it started. As I’m sure you could guess, I was lucky enough to sit in the very first row, gaining me not only the opportunity to watch the movie, but to live it as well. My nose was basically rubbing right against the movie screen.

But despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was worth sitting in the front row for (though I can’t wait to go back and view in a more enjoyable seating spot) and it was definitely worth only getting two hours of sleep for, as I worked at 7 a.m. the next day.

Just picture it: three hours of non-stop drama and action. I’ve watched plenty of 3 to 4 hour movies in my lifetime and there haven’t been many where I feel riveted and glued to the screen the whole time. The Dark Knight Rises definitely did that.

The movie picks off eight years after the end of Dark Knight. Batman has been underground ever since he decided to take the blame for Harvey Dent’s “murder”. Crime is basically nonexistent in Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon is bored as hell and Bruce Wayne has locked himself up in his gigantic manor house. That is until Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, sneaks into his house to allegedly steal pearls, but, in fact, is stealing his fingerprints…and this all eventually leads to Bane. Bane literally causes such havoc in Gotham City, he shuts the entire city off from the world.

Now, the things I liked about this movie (I could go on and on but I’m going to narrow it down to a few):

1. Bruce Wayne’s comeback as Batman. To me, it was believable. He didn’t jump into the suit and start being epic and awesome again. It’s been eight years. He’s literally become a hermit, and let’s face it, he’s getting up there in years. It’s not easy to beat up the bad guys, especially strong and powerful ones like Bane. I like that he had to make that journey again to become the Batman, that he had to overcome obstacles and believe in himself again, and rediscover himself. Loved it

2. Joseph Gordon Levitt as John Blake (SPOILER: Robin John Blake). Joseph Gordon Levitt has only gotten better with age, both in talent as an actor and in looks. He is a fantastic supporting character, taking on the role of detective and holding on to that strong strong belief in Batman and what he stands for. And his belief in justice, its just so strong, he continues to fight for Gotham City even while all hope seems lost. And come on, the guy has grown up so well. He looks damn good, and he was definitely my nerd girl eye candy in this movie.

3. I LOVE Anne Hathaway, I think she’s a fantastic actress and beautiful in a way that makes you look twice. She doesn’t immediately come to mind when it comes to “hot” girls, like Megan Fox or Scarlett Johanssen, etc. Until this movie. She exudes sexiness and fierceness and intelligence and she is simply badass in this movie.

4. The ending. I’m not going to reveal it for those who have not yet watched this movie. (You haven’t watched this movie? Seriously, you need to get your ass to a movie theater right now. Close the laptop. Seriously, close it. Go. Now). I loved the ending. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before in my blogs, but I hate happy endings. Okay, I don’t hate them but I find them to be extremely unrealistic and believable. I love endings that have a bit of happiness in them, definitely, but I like that ending where you know things were bad and people have died. Because instead of left feeling like you just watched a Disney movie, you leave feeling literally like you got clubbed over the head, but you also leave with hope, that even though things were bad and horrible things have happened, its going to get better.

Now, things I didn’t like so much:

1. Bane’s voice. For two reasons. One, it was kind of weird for a bad guy, at first anyway. I eventually got over it. It isn’t what you would think a bad guy should sound like but as the movie went on and Bane got more and more terrifying and evil, the more his voice started to creep me out. The second reason, it was extremely hard to understand. I’m the sort of girl who needs subtitles when I watch TV shows and movies, even if I’ve already seen it a million times. So it was really difficult for me to understand. From what I’ve heard though, Christopher Nolan had already heard these complaints before and has stated firmly that this was never going to change and that he had this done purposefully. So I accept it because Nolan is awesome.

2. Okay, (SPOILER ALERT, Continue to #3 if you would not like this movie ruined), I guessed pretty early on that John Blake (Levitt) was Robin. It was so obvious. He was badass, he was an orphan the same as Batman, etc. I loved that part and I loved the end, with Levitt going into the Batcave. Oh my Rowling, I loved that part. The part that ticked me off was that his name was Robin John Blake. Seriously? You couldn’t have named him Dick Grayson, or even the less obvious ones like Tim Drake or Jason Todd? I guess that would’ve been too obvious for Batman fans (or even people like me who know enough about Batman to know who Robin is!) and just not obvious enough for those who don’t know Batman. I know it’s so petty haha but I would have liked Blake to be named Dick Grayson, the very first Robin.

3. The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. As I’m sure most people are aware of what occurred during a midnight show of Dark Knight Rises, I won’t go into detail. What I will say is this: such a terrible act should never have to happen and it is appalling to me. As a nerd girl, I am obsessed with many fandoms and often wish they could be real. However, I am aware that these aren’t real and can separate that fantasy from reality. My thoughts are with those in Aurora, Colorado.

In the end, this movie was fantastic, and an epic way to end what I feel is definitely the best Batman movies ever made. Nolan’s trilogy will be remembered for years. I urge everyone who has not seen it to go see it and I urge those who have seen it to see it again, as I’m definitely going to.

And I also want to send much love, and praise and hugs and admiration to Christian Bale for going to visit the victims of the Colorado shooting, not as a publicity stunt or any of that, but as a superhero, a hero just as big as the one he plays on the big screen.

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What did you think of the last Batman installment? As always, leave it in the comments. I do ask that you leave the spoilers to a minimum, or if you do, please post “SPOILER” or something of that nature to warn those readers who haven’t had the chance to enjoy the movie just yet.

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Okay, one last little side note: Gary Oldman, Commissioner Gordon? The guy seriously only gets more and more sexy as he gets older. I’ve had a crush on him since he became Sirius Black, one of my favorite characters in Harry Potter, and I definitely love that I get to enjoy his talent and his deliciousness in this installment once more. Okay, I’m done. :)

30-Day Book Challenge-Day Three

**Please note that all of these Book Challenge posts will have Spoilers!**

 

Day 03-The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

I am sure that I have read more books in the last twelve months but I read so much, order its hard to remember. This is the first one that pops out in my head so it must be the best I’ve read in the last year haha.

Basic Plot: The story is of our country in the future after, of course, things have gotten out of hand and we’ve had to rebuild our society. The society is divided into five factions: each faction represents a virtue that is necessary for having a stable society: Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), Dauntless (courage/fearlessness), Candor (honesty) and Amity (peaceful). While living in that faction, you embrace everything that it is. Beatrice Prior is born into the Abnegation faction, but when she takes her test to determine what faction she should belong in, she learns that she is what is called divergent, able to fit into multiple factions. When she chooses Dauntless, she begins to learn more about herself, people in general and the society she lives in.

The Awesomeness: Beatrice, who renames herself Tris when she reaches Dauntless, is a fantastic character. She’s been living in Abnegation her whole life, and yet she doesn’t feel she belongs. She’s too curious and unable to keep up the selflessness ways. Then she gets to Dauntless and eventually blooms. It’s really fun to watch her do so because she isn’t used to even touching people and now she has to hit them. Her relationship with Four is interesting to watch too because it’s not like most romances in novels. Tris has barely touched other people her whole life, has barely expressed any affection and so her interactions with Four are so real and so exciting for the reader.

Why it Fits this Category: I would say this is the best book I’ve read in the last year because of how fast I read it and how much I liked it. I immediately read the second installment, Insurgent, the next day. I liked the dystopian element to it, it was very similar to Hunger Games, but I liked Tris’ attitude and courage. I love how determined she is to stay in Dauntless and how her relationship with Four unfolds.

30-Day Book Challenge-Day Two

Day 02-A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

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The Trickster Series by Tamora Pierce (Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen)

This is the fourth Tortall series by Tamora Pierce. She has been writing fantasy since the publication of her first novel: Alanna: The First Adventure in 1981. Her series are:

The Song of the Lioness (story of Alanna)

The Immortals (story of Daine)

The Protector of the Small (story of Keladry)

and this series. I do recommend reading them in order. I read them backwards and, viagra buy well, approved lets just say it ruins the surprises in other books haha.

The Basic Plot: Alianne, drug daughter of the Tortall King’s Champion, the first woman knight in a century, and the King’s spymaster, has many choices laid out in front of her for her future: a Queen’s Rider, a lady-in-waiting, a knight, a scholar at the best universities, etc. However, she doesn’t want any of that; she wants to be a spy. Of course, this is out of the question and not a suitable career for a well-bred noblewoman. After an argument with her mother goes awry, she decides to leave her home on a short trip to give her mother some time to calm down. However, she is kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery at the nearby Copper Isles. It is there that she learns of the different people: the white luarin, who rule the country once ruled by the dark skinned raka. She gets swept up in a rebellion to restore the country to its rightful owners.

The Awesomeness: The basic awesomeness of these books is that they’re fantasy…of girls kicking ass. You have Alanna, the heroine of the first series, who disguises herself as a boy so she can become the first female knight in centuries. You have Daine, who has the immense power of Wild magic, and can speak to animals and heal them and uses this for good. Then there is Keladry, the first female to openly go for her knighthood. Then you have Aly, who is fiercely intelligent and clever and helps put together a spy network for the rebellion going on in the Copper Isles. Its fantastic because they are written so well and they are extremely believable and relatable. They read easily but keep you caught up. There’s humor and fighting and action and yes, a bit of romance, but its all intertwined so well.

Reasons Why it Fits this Category: Now these books aren’t exactly new. Like I said earlier, the Song of the Lioness was written in the 1980s, before I was even born. The Trickster series was published back in 2003 and 2004. Not the oldest of books but not exactly new either. And these books are very very overlooked. You can ask most young adult girls today and they probably haven’t read them. One, not one of her books has been made into a movie (which I just love!) and two, her books do have romance but its not a huge component of the storyline and usually the heroine chooses her dreams and her ambitions over the romance. This is completely not whats popular right now. We are in the days of Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. Even some of my favorite books like Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments have those elements of romance, true love, having to choose between two suitors, etc. But that is what makes Tamora Pierce’s books so good. They are giving us strong female characters that fight for what they want and what they believe in, and fall in love but never let it take them away from what they are doing. This is why I think more people should be reading these books.

30 Day Book Challenge-Day One

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Now, here what you see above are the first three books of the series: City of Bones, information pills City of Ashes and City of Glass. And they are awesome. There are three books after this: City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire (Out Sept. 2014)

Basic Plot: Clary Fray, sixteen-year-old girl living in New York City, lives a normal teen life, though she feels like there is something missing about her. One day, while at a club with her best friend Simon, she witnesses a murder by three people only she can see. Obviously this freaks her out a bit. I mean, wouldn’t you freak out a bit? Then she meets Jace, one of the murderers she saw, who explains that he is a Shadowhunter, a Nephilim, who hunts demons and kills them, sending them away from the human world. Not long after, her mother is kidnapped and Clary sets out to save her from the evil Valentine, a Shadowhunter gone wrong. As the story unfolds, you learn more about Shadowhunters, Clary, her mother, Valentine, Jace and how all these things connect.

The Awesomeness: These are young kids, in modern day New York City, fighting demons. It’s badass. The culture of the Shadowhunters, the way they are raised to be fighters and the way they give each other Marks (tattoos) to help strengthen them in different ways is just so interesting. Its urban fantasy and its wonderful. There’s just something interesting about this separate world existing parallel to the one we already know. We’re so used to fantasy in a different world but this one coexists with things we already know. One of my favorite parts is when Clary says she is going to sell one of Jace’s seraph blades on Ebay and Jace looks at her like she is a crazy person. Clary is a great character in that she is that normal sixteen year old girl, who eventually learns that she is special, and its very relatable to most girls. And let’s face it, Jace Wayland is a pretty hot male character.

Reasons Why it Fits this Category: In this instance, its a series that should have just stopped. It was originally supposed to be a trilogy. City of Glass ended amazingly. I thought it was a good ending. It wasn’t that perfect, happy ending but it was close. Which is something that I definitely like. I hate those books that end perfect, happily ever after. That doesn’t happen. People die, cities get torn apart, etc. That’s part of war. So there are definitely some downers at the end of the trilogy but it ends on a very good note. However, Cassandra Clare decided because it was so popular, to continue the books. The books were going to be focused on Simon, Clary’s best friend, who (SPOILER ALERT) becomes a vampire in City of Ashes. The books were to follow Simon this time around as he comes to terms with being a vampire, never aging, etc. That would have been okay. That’s not how the fourth and fifth books have put that across yet. To me, the plot is very very weak, hanging out to tendrils from the first trilogy. Also, there seems to be more focus on whether or not (SPOILER ALERT) Jace and Clary are going to have sex and less on the demon hunting. Very disappointed. You should’ve stopped while you were ahead, Ms. Clare.

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30-Day Book Challenge

I saw this on a blog that I follow (shout-out to Nerdy Girl Seeks Self blog!) and thought, recipe I should SO do this! I read 30 books in like two weeks, so I definitely can do this! So today, I’m posting the list, to show what I will be doing over the next month and so you guys can maybe do it along with me!

30-Day Book Challenge:

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already

Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever

Day 05 – A book or series you hate

Day 06 – Favorite male character in a book and why

Day 07 – Favorite female character and why

Day 08 -Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

Day 09 – A book everyone should read at least once

Day 10 – Best scene ever

Day 11- A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 12 – A book that disappointed you

Day 13 – A book that you’ve read countless times

Day 14 – Favorite book from your favourite author

Day 15 – A book that changed your opinion on something

Day 16 – Your “comfort” book

Day 17 – The most hilarious book you’ve ever read

Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book

Day 19 – Favorite book cover

Day 20 – Favorite kiss

Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship

Day 22 – Favorite non-romantic/non-sexual relationship

Day 23 – Favorite mythical place in a book

Day 24 – Best quotation from a novel

Day 25 – Any five books from you “to be read” stack

Day 26 – A book that you liked reading until the ending

Day 27 – If a book contains _____, you will always read it

Day 28 – A book you couldn’t put down

Day 29 – Saddest character death

Day 30 – What book are you reading now?

Happy Reading everyone!

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Ron Weasley is My Best Friend

Its funny; I’m obsessed with a lot of fandoms. Which equals into obsessing over a ton of characters in those fandoms. I love everyone in the Harry Potter universe, viagra I love the elves in Lord of the Rings, I’m obsessed with Princess Leia and the Doctor and on and on. But probably my favorite character in all of my fandoms is Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter world.

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I know, Ron Weasley. Most of the time when people ask me who my favorite Harry Potter character is and I say Ron, I get “why?” Ron’s a jerk, Ron is lazy, etc, etc.

But I adore Ron. And there are several reasons why.

First off, look at his best friends. I couldn’t have Harry Potter as my favorite character. I love Harry, don’t get me wrong. But he’s the Chosen One, the Boy Who Lived, the one who is famous and stands out and has the bravery and the courage and the selflessness to sacrifice himself for everyone he loves and more. Oh and don’t forget his fantastic talent on the Quidditch pitch. And then you have Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her age, who literally can memorize a book word-for-word and is extremely quick thinking and clever. These two people are amazing, and though I love them dearly, its so hard to relate to them.

Ron, on the other hand, is just Ron. He’s so…real to me. He has his faults, of course. He’s a tall, redheaded, freckly kid with average intelligence and average athletic ability. He’s overshadowed by his five older brothers and even his younger sister at times. He’s overshadowed by his best friend. He’s just so normal with normal feelings. He’s angry and hungry when they’re searching for the Deathly Hallows. Everyone sees him as such a jerk and so selfish but he’s 17/18 years old. That’s not an easy thing to take on. I’m sure all of us are selfless enough to drop everything in our lives to save the world and be hungry and not see our family or friends or any of that. Not. He’s the character with the most realness to him.

And that’s why he’s my favorite character. I can completely relate to this guy. He’s average all around, which is what I’ve felt like for most of my life. I have no considerable talents, except maybe writing and reading, but they don’t exactly gather around to applaud you for reading an 800 page book in a few hours. He’s selfish, which I know that I definitely can be at times. I sometimes fear that is one of my more prominent faults, my selfishness and sometimes it can be hard to control, especially when you’re surrounded by people who are so damn selfless.

And he is constantly living in the shadows of others. This is definitely something I can relate to. I’ve always managed to attach myself to best friends who are prettier and smarter and more outgoing and charming and well-liked than I am. I’m shy and quiet (if I don’t know you) and can be lacking of confidence in my abilities and my looks. And I always seem to attach myself to those shining stars, the ones that can’t help but be noticed by everyone around you. And I love all my friends, past and present, they are amazing people. But sometimes it gets hard to live in that shadow. Its hard to watch your new friends become better friends with your best friend. Its hard watching guys you’ve liked being charmed as hell by your best friend. Its hard standing on the sidelines while the spotlight hits them. And its hard to live in the shadow of my much prettier younger sister and my extremely athletically talented younger brother. It’s hard. And its so very not to feel resentful and selfish and angry and jealous sometimes just like Ron does in the books towards Harry, sometimes Hermione and definitely his brothers.

So that is why Ron is my favorite character of all time. It is why I love Donna Noble the best of the Doctor’s companions, because she’s so normal and real and she lacks that confidence in herself, just a temp. It’s why I love Edmund from Chronicles of Narnia; he only did what a little boy jealous of his older brother would do. It’s why I love Han Solo, because he wants to help, but he’s selfish and he wants that money and he wants to stay alive. I love these characters because they are real and the envelope both the good and bad things about being a human being. Because Ron is a good person, a great person, who just sometimes gets those normal human feelings of anger and jealousy and resentment. But in the end, he always remains a good friend, a good brother and a good person. And I love him for it.

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P.S. I will be doing a Dark Knight Rises review VERY soon and also will be starting the 30-Day Book Challenge VERY soon! Stay tuned for more awesomeness from whatanerdgirlsays!