I had avoided reviews on TV, write-ups in magazines and articles on the web – i wanted to watch it ‘clean’. I had my apprehensions tho, after being so impressed by ‘Batman Begins’ surely they couldn’t do as fine a job again or, dare i say it, go one better? so, on this dark,wet english summer evening i met with my brother and we strolled over to the local cinema, i’d heard the shows were selling out so we went early to get good seats. unashamedly geeky we went into the theatre as the credits were rolling from the previous showing and faced the ‘tuts’ from the people coming down the stairs as we battled our way up, hellbent on capturing the chair of optimum viewing, which after a quick row x seat count i found, and so with one hour to go and less-than-fragrant cinema staff sweeping up discarded (or preferably fallen from awestruck open mouths) popcorn from around our feet we waited…
first, some history, i have been a reader of Detective/Batman comics since i was old enough to read and before that i was happy to just look at the pictures, i had stayed true despite mother natures attempts to outgrow ‘him’ and Hollywoods best efforts to lampoon ‘him’ and, when Christopher Nolan stepped in and assembled the best of our collective imaginations, i like many others had been rewarded. Please Mr Nolan, don’t mess this up…
How dare i even think he could.
The opening credits rolled, the first rumbles of Hans Zimmer’s fantastic score sent a tremor from rows A to Z then back again, the hairs on my neck stood to attention and we were off, i had promised myself i wouldn’t cry at this one, i have this tendency to just start crying when faced with wonderful things, i had lasted about 20 minutes on ‘Batman Begins’ before the first blub surfaced and i was determined to hold it together this time round.
7 minutes later i broke.
To be honest i was thankful for the extra liquid around the eyes because for the next 2 hours or so i dare not blink. I was gripped by my tear drenched collars, lifted from my seat, slapped by every member of crew and cast and left exhausted and totally exhilarated by this film.
Absolutely brilliant. Go see it. Take a friend then go again.