|Batman vs. Predator.|
You know, for all the talk of "a storm coming", I don't think it rained once in The Dark Knight Rises. As I was anxiously awaiting excessive precipitation, I have to admit that I'm heartbroken. Maybe I wouldn't be so down if the film had been up to par. I know I have a history of downplaying mega hits just to piss people off–including The Dark Knight–but I've always felt that Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are really good films. The Dark Knight Rises is not.
It's really unfortunate that so few trilogies actually have three good movies in them, and it's equally upsetting that I have to consider The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan's only miss. I assumed TDKR would follow the trend of third-in-the-trilogy films and be less than the previous two, but I did not expect what I got: a bloated, clunky exercise in mediocrity.