So I watched The Dark Knight Rises tonight. Didn't get a chance to see it in theaters and managed to stay spoiler free so I came into this pretty cold.
Have to say I was very let down by this one. The Bane character was just a confusing mess - one scene he seems to have this well thought out socio-political agenda, the next he's a Joker-esque character of murderous random chaos. It didn't help he really wasn't a physically imposing figure and his voice sounded like he had his head stuck in a toilet. In fact, the overall story seemed a bit like the last movies themes regurgitated for no good reason. The pacing sucked, I mean, nearly an hour before Batman shows up...?!? And having Bruce pull himself together from a physical wreck *twice* in the same movie (what, no Rocky fanfare music?!?) to get his act together to go back out and fight the bad guys.. fail.
The good points: I was very pleasantly surprised how well the Cat... Burgler came out. Not ridiculously over the top, believably conflicted and a worthy foil for Bruce/Batman. Nice to see the Scarecrow character get another extended cameo. Most of the acting was typically good but there were a few bad notes, one in particular with Alfred practically bawling at the funeral was cringe-worthy. Some of the action sequences, obviously the opening scene with the hijacking were spectacular. Most of the fight scenes seemed poorly staged and choreographed to me.
Oh yeah, the presentation itself.... IMAX scenes looked excellent, the 2:35:1 35mm film scenes looked... subpar. At times, it was really jarring dealing with the abitrary switches between aspect ratios. The audio was solid with good surround usage but a little murky on the low end.
Definitely the weakest of the trilogy.