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17 Dec

Movie Opinions: Dark Knight, Wanted, Quantum of Solace

I picked up “The Dark Knight” when it was released on DVD. Based on the rave reviews and ticket sales and everything else I was prepared to be blown away. Over the past few weeks I have also picked up “Hancock” and “Wanted” as well, neither of which got written up like Batman did.

On a scale of one to ten, or one to anything for that matter, Batman doesn’t rate very high for me. I think my “movie appreciation” is broken, because I just didn’t get it. For one thing, the movie was shot in Chicago. Not Gotham City, Chicago. It was obvious. The previous movies in the franchise were shot in… well, I don’t know where. And that’s the point. Gotham City is as much a part of the story as the batmobile. Even the first movie in the “Batman Reboot” was done in a more fantastical location. Chicago? Meh.

For the record, I felt very similar about “Quantum of Solace” when I saw it in the theater. That movie could have been anybody other than Bond and been essentially the same movie. It was a decent movie, but it was not (in my opinion) a “Bond” movie.

Now the movie “Wanted” was very enjoyable. And it had a number of really good twists, many of which I did not see coming. I would watch it again just to look for clues for the things I missed the first time. It clearly earned the R rating (lots of blood and violence) but it was not over done, at least in my opinion. Blood for the sake of having blood is one thing. This movie is about an elite group of assassins, so of course there will be blood.

And the ending of the movie… it was awesome. 🙂 I won’t spoil it in case you haven’t seen it yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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