'The Dark Knight Rises' seems like typical Nolan
I am not particularly a comic book fan. I saw The Dark Knight Rises this afternoon at an ETS presentation at AMC Tysons Corner. All the Imax performances were sold out, but this one was maybe 80% full. The security environment, much discussed by the media since Friday's tragedy in Colorado, was low-key.
I think Nolan's worldview (of shifting realities) actually works better when he starts in 'this universe' rather than a parallel one (like a comic book franchise). The style of filmmaking resembles 'Inception', but the 'message' isn’t quite as compelling. What is left is a typically entertaining action film, long, with some good ideas.
Nolan uses the same music composer, Hans Zimmer, whose music builds powerful circuits around ground bass themes. The look of the film is a little darker than 'Inception', and seems much less 'real' than even the dream components of the 2010 masterpiece.
The script has many 'national security' concepts worthy of serious dramatic treatment. I thought I heard EMP mentioned once. At the end, Batman and his allies have to prevent a neutron bomb from going off in Gotham (aka New York), and it get shipped out into the ocean, maybe not far enough.
Above is an analysis of why Holmes might have chosen the premier of this movie for his acts. Maybe just because it would be crowded. I remember tweeting before midnight that night that it wasn't worth it to see it after midnight just to see the premier in a big crowd.
For the record, James Holmes describes his actions and impressions of his own conduct at his trial. Incredible.