THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Huh. This is the worst possible place I could be standing right now.
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES "Huh. This is the worst possible place I could be standing right now."

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises opens tonight at midnight (there are multiple midnight screenings around town, plus a few—for chrissakes—at 3:30 am and 8:30 am), at which point it will make 400 trillion dollars and steamroll over every other movie currently in existence. Steve's review is here, along with showtimes. The short version:

When Nolan ends the trilogy, he ends it right. There's a finality here assuring you that not an inch of celluloid will be wasted, and Nolan's not going to leave the park without swinging for the fence.

Steve is correct. To the dismay of my nerdier friends, I wasn't looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises all that much (I'll spare you the lengthy, embarrassingly dweeby monologue as to why), but I went to an advance screening last night, and goddamn. I thought it was fucking fantastic, and I can't wait to see it again. Yeah, some of Nolan's more annoying problems as a storyteller are still present in The Dark Knight Rises, but you'd really have to look hard to see 'em. So much of Dark Knight Rises works on such an overpowering level that you just kind of have to submit and let it go.

Speaking of which: I rarely say stuff like this, because—like 3D—it's usually just a gimmick, but if you're gonna see The Dark Knight Rises, see it in IMAX. Even more so than in The Dark Knight, Nolan spends much of The Dark Knight Rises bludgeoning you with Hans Zimmer's thudding score, which means it's worth it to hear it on a ridiculously powerful sound system; he also shot a big chunk of the film using IMAX cameras, and when it comes to the film's massive, kinetic action sequences and stunning cityscapes, the visual difference is striking. This movie isn't subtle—Nolan's gonna batter you into submission with spectacle and melodrama—and seeing it as big and loud as possible, and in the format the director intended it to be seen*, is worth the extra cash.

That said, if you don't see it in IMAX, hit the Roseway Theater, which generally has the best picture and sound in town—and is far cheaper, significantly more pleasant, and contains far fewer talking/texting dipshits than your average Regal.

So that is what I think! See The Dark Knight Rises and see it as big and loud as you can. It's the sort of movie that reminds you why it's worth seeing movies in a theater.

*Or as close as you can get to it, anyway, depending on where you live. In Portland, that means... ugh, the whole IMAX-vs-LIEMAX thing gives me a headache. Suffice to say that the digital, IMAX-branded auditoriums at Regal's Lloyd Center 10 Cinema and Bridgeport Village Stadium 18—where I saw it last night—should prove more than adequate in terms of sensory overload.