MOVIE REVIEW: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Christopher Nolan, 2012)

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This movie was just like me: severely bloated. I felt every minute of that 3-hour running time (and yes, I slept through most of the second act).

Batman seemed to be suffering from PMS and Bane was such a weak and uninteresting villain. You know something was wrong when the supporting players carried the weight of the movie (I enjoyed every scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine).

Besides, any movie that still had time to squeeze in a kiss before the hero saved the day was a definite groaner.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 1, 2012.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE PRESTIGE (Christopher Nolan, 2006)

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This movie played very much like a magic trick with its three stages: The Pledge, The Turn, and The Prestige. The less one knew about how it worked, the better the results were.

Behind this entire spectacle was Nolan, probably more known for his work on The Dark Knight and Inception. I preferred his little gems (this and Memento) since they created so much impact from such a seemingly simple premise.

Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Michael Caine all provided amazing turns in their respective roles.

Some might feel that this film was too gimmicky and a cheat, but hey, wasn’t that how magic worked?

Rating: ★★★★★