Even though it's been a while since I've seen both Begins and Dark Knight, I was still able to follow The Dark Knight Rises storyline with ease. Being that this movie was filmed in IMAX form I had to experience it there first. Seeing my favorite superhero on the giant screen was definitely an incredible eye candy treat. For all you fan-boys out there I highly recommend seeing it there at least once.
I had my doubts about Nolan casting Hathaway as Catwoman, but those doubts were put to rest after seeing the movie. I still maintain she wasn't the best choice, but I did managed to like her in the role a lot more than anticipated. She did a good job. In fact, everyone in this movie did an excellent job. My only complaint is that, at times, it was difficult understanding Bane.
Sadly enough TDKR didn't beat Marvel's The Avengers at the weekend box office (only grossing an impressive $160M to The Avengers $220M). Although, factor out the 3D cost, and I'm sure TDKR made more. It's definitely the better film - do I hear an Oscar nod? While Rises wasn't nearly as good as The Dark Knight, I still enjoyed it. It was beautiful executed. Nolan did the seemingly impossible by giving the Batman legend a monumental conclusion to the epic trilogy it deserves. I'm just sad the legend has to comes to an end... that is until someone else reboots it, and someone will, but I doubt anyone else can surpass Nolan's stroke of genius.
If my blog existed when these films were released I would have given them:
Batman Begins: B+
The Dark Knight: A