I'm actually happy I'm not the only one that had so many problems with it. I figured I was going to be one of the only ones talking about how badly I thought it fell down while everyone else was praising its genius. I felt throughout the movie that I was trying to catch up and as if I'd somehow missed 30 minutes from the beginning where they'd actually explained all the stuff I had questions about...but they didn't.
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Quite a few of the problems Bill had with it I did also. I didn't have as big of a problem with the final flight, but the redirecting of the truck and things like that, yeah, weak.
I accidently heard about the Miranda thing and it panned out, but the little kid, that I was surprised at. I thought through most of the movie that maybe what was theorized before the movie was wrong and Bane really was the kid. Loved the Liam Neeson cameo, that was a huge surprise.
Also didn't care for how Wayne just showed up back in the city, finds the one person that he really needs to help him and then takes on the bad guys. I could have taken the healing part in the cave if it hadn't been piled on top of a limping, cane using Wayne at the start when it appeared the only thing that helped him back into the cowl was some fancy prosthetic device for his knee...and now he's healed his back and climbs out of a pit, which requires a huge physical leap on knees a 20 year veteran football lineman doesn't suffer from? Whatever.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting so much screen time had me believing that he'd end up in the cowl at some point but I see where they went with it at the end. But, even assuming there will be another Batman movie after this one, without Bale and Nolan, does anyone think that WB will bring JGL back for some role? And what will that role be? Robin? Nightwing? The new Batman? I don't really get the time they spent establishing him when I doubt that they'll really continue to build the franchise on him either as an actor or as a character.
I will say that I definitely want to see it again. I want to see if, on second viewing, did I somehow miss little things that helped hold the movie together or was I right after the first viewing and they really weren't there making the movie as disjointed as I think it is. I thought the idea of the story was solid, but I felt there was too much extra in there that they got away from the heart of it.