As I've acknowledged elsewhere, the Batman of this series of films is not the same character/hero I grew up with, and that complicates my reactions, making it harder (though, I hope, not impossible) to separate my disappointment from my judgment. That's not all of it, though, or I should have liked Rises more than The Dark Knight, and I'm not sure I did (even if I did judge it a better film).
Tag: The Dark Knight
In social media I quipped that I thought The Dark Knight was essentially a Saw movie with marginally less gore. That's a deliberate overstatement but not by too much.
Perhaps the most unfortunate thing about Culture and Anarchy, Matthew Arnold's series of essays that were later collected together as a book, is the title. No matter how many times I tell students--and I do--"Thus will be on the test," the title makes them think that "culture" is the opposite of "anarchy."