Just watched this movie tonight. First a few dot-points as to what I thought about this, and the previous Nolan-directed, Batman movies from a "movie review" perspective:
- Decent quality writing/direction/visuals that kept my interest through most of the movie.
- Too long. Was ready for the movie to end at least 30 mins before it actually did (the last one was especially bad for me - I think I fell asleep towards the end on two different occasions of watching it at home).
- Storylines/plots seemed a bit confusing (or maybe just dumb?) in several respects. Example for this last movie: Why did the child give a damn about Gotham, as an adult, after escaping from the hell-hole? Why did they give a damn about their father? And if they were able to escape out of fear/survival instincts, that suggests a desire to survive/live, yet they were willing to blow themselves up in Gotham? And why were the countless thugs working for Bain willing to get themselves blown up, too? And if they were willing to die, why do we see them at the end of the movie kneeling down, having given themselves up to the police? Shouldn't they have all gone down (died) fighting?
Now that I have a low-budget zoom-method CIH setup, I'll add an additional perspective:
- Is Nolan completely out of touch with what scope is intended for? Did he go to school to become a director? Does he even have any aesthetic sense? Did a guy with a CIH screen run over his dog?
OK, all venting aside...Nolan seems to be displaying his movies in the complete opposite way that all other directors used scope. Nolan films things in scope when wanting to display boring talky scenes. He then uses 16:9 for the jaw-dropping, panoramic scenes. Now I guess this all makes sense and works well in an IMAX theater. At home, when playing the Blu-ray, it makes me feel like I made a big mistake going scope. As I said, I have low-budget zoom-method approach. Now, my screen is a Da-Lite Model C High Power where the material aspect ratio is 16:9 but there is black drop on the top and bottom such that the actual "white" material aspect ratio is 2.35:1. Unfortunately, the black material is not velvet or anything close to it. So when I watch a movie like this, while I'm spared having the IMAX scenes be projected onto my wall, they are projected onto the black area which doesn't do a very good job of absorbing the light, and I can still make out everything. It was so noticeable/annoying that my wife and daughter commented negatively about it, and they're usually pretty oblivious to negative PQ issues that bug me.
At this point, I'm willing to dismiss it all as being a rare situation that I'll hopefully not have to experience again for a very long time. But, with the advent of IMAX and 3D in theaters, I do fear that 16:9 might become the new standard for directors. Perhaps "fear" isn't the right word. If they do go that way, I can always "upgrade" by moving back to a 16:9 screen. For now, though, I made my decision based on the fact that most action/scenic movies were scope, and I'm hoping that the better new releases still hold to that for a while, so as to justify my move to a 2.35:1 screen.