In My Humble Opinion: Hilarious!!!!!
In My Humble Opinion: The movie Looper promised to deliver so much but unfortunately ended up letting me down in the end. Maybe it was all the hype surrounding the movie, but for once I’m going to ignore all that hype and good reviews, go out on a limb and say that the movie itself didn’t live up to either. That being said, I will admit the concept of the movie was interesting. I’m always a fan of the time travel genre and have reached a point where I accept that any movie dealing with said genre is going to have parts that are not only confusing, but make you question the validity of what has transpired in the first place. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a Looper whose job is to kill people who are sent back in time by the mob. (I won’t get into all the details or we’d be here all day) All loopers will eventually one day close their loop by killing their future selves. This might sound like a bad deal, but when a looper “closes his loop” he’s given a gold pay-day and sets out with the knowledge that he has the next 30 years of his life to live it up with the pay-day he’s just been given. Well apparently there is a new threat in the future named The Rainmaker (no it’s not Matt Damon) that is closing all the loops. Bruce Willis voluntarily comes back in time after his wife is killed to stop The Rainmaker from ever coming into existence, since he feels The Rainmaker is responsible for his wife’s death. Anyway, like I said the concept of the movie was a fresh take on the genre and the movie itself started off strong. There were a few things however that really kind of bothered me throughout the movie. I’ll start off small and build from there
1. The makers of the movie didn’t feel that Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked enough like a younger Bruce Willis so they had make-up artists create prosthetics so that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would look more like a younger Bruce Willis. Really? We’re already dealing with a time travel plot and a telekinetic subplot (this revolves around The Rainmaker) so my suspension of disbelief is already in full throttle. Asking me to believe that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a younger Bruce Willis wouldn’t be too hard for me to believe…so you can drop the weird-looking prosthetics.
2. Like I said, the first part of the movie was pretty exciting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt offers up a narration of how the world has changed, time travel has been invented, a certain amount of the population are now telekinetic, etc. The first half of the movie really was strong and I thought it was going in a good direction. But when Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets to the farmhouse it’s just downhill from there. The way they have Joseph Gordon-Levitt reveal himself to Emily Blunt is ridiculous. She and her son live on a farm out in the middle of nowhere. It’s night-time and Emily Blunt runs out with a shotgun to investigate a noise in the fields…suspension builds and she can’t bring herself to shoot whatever is coming towards her. Joseph Gordon-Levitt decides to reveal himself, come out and protect her from…wait for it…a deaf-mute that is traveling the farmlands looking for money. Again, really? In the middle of nowhere, there is this Lenny-esque deaf-mute out looking for George and his rabbits or something. Surely with the creativity lended to the overall plot a better way of having these two characters meet could have been arranged. Not to mention, I still don’t understand Emily Blunt chopping away at that big ass tree stump on the farm?
3. The ending…I was really expecting a lot more. It’s that feeling you get now when you watch an M. Night Shyamalan movie and are waiting for that “holy shit” twist or reveal at the end. It’s also that feeling you get now when you watch an M. Night Shyamalan movie and once that “holy shit” twist or reveal is shown, you say to yourself, “Really…that’s it? I was expecting so much more.” I won’t give away the entire ending because if you haven’t seen the movie I don’t want to ruin it for you, but seriously I wasn’t exactly blown away when I watched it. I’m sure there are those of you out there that will argue about the ending and that it makes you think back to earlier in the movie and brings up this or that, but for me it really was underwhelming.
All this being said, Rian Johnson had a fresh idea for the overall plot of the movie, which is rare nowadays. I would only recommend that in the future he focus more clearly on the main plot of the movie as opposed to trying to prove how creative he can be. In doing so, he offers no real characters that you pull for as a viewer. Even the main character Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays isn’t someone you can really identify with. Anyway, hopefully Rian Johnson gives it a try on another Science Fiction movie because the genre could use creative people such as Rian Johnson.
In My Humble Opinion: I haven’t seen the movie yet, but judging from what I’ve read below…it doesn’t sound like it will live up to what I was hoping for. Personally, I was hoping that Bane would be “the man” but the movie seems to go with the female villain angle….boring !!! And I knew Joseph Gordon Levitt was going to be Robin, I just knew it:
Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Gotham City is in a state of peace. Under powers granted by the Dent Act, Commissioner Jim Gordon has nearly eradicated violent and organized crime. However, he still feels guilty about the cover-up of Harvey Dent‘s crimes. At a function celebrating Dent, he plans to admit to the conspiracy, but decides that the city is not ready to hear the truth. While following a lead in the abduction of a senator from the function, Gordon’s speech falls into the hands of terrorist leader Bane. Gordon is shot in the process, and he promotes patrol officer John Blake to detective, allowing Blake to report directly to him.
As Batman has disappeared from Gotham City, so too has Bruce Wayne, locking himself inside Wayne Manor. Wayne Enterprises is crumbling after he invested in a clean energy project designed to harness fusion power, but shut the project down after learning that the core could be modified to become a nuclear weapon. Bruce suspects that his business rival, John Daggett, has employed Bane to aid in an aggressive take-over of the company. When he attempts to intervene in an attack on the city’s stock exchange, Bruce comes into conflict with Alfred Pennyworth over his plans to return to the streets of the city as Batman. Alfred finally admits that Rachel Dawes chose to marry Dent, and leaves Bruce’s service in an attempt to convince him that he can no longer be Batman.
Following a trail left by cat burglar Selina Kyle, Batman confronts Bane, who says that he assumed the leadership of the League of Shadows following the death of Ra’s al Ghul. Bane kills Daggett and reveals that he was using Daggett’s construction firms to stage a heist on Wayne Enterprises’ Applied Science Division. He steals Bruce’s arsenal before crippling Batman and detaining him in a prison from which escape is virtually impossible. The other inmates relate the story of the only person to ever successfully escape from the prison, a child driven by necessity and the sheer force of will.
Bane lures the Gotham police department underground and sets off a chain of explosions across the city, trapping the officers underground and turning Gotham City into an isolated city-state. Any attempt to leave the city will result in the detonation of the Wayne Enterprises fusion core, which has been converted into a bomb. Addressing the citizens, Bane reveals the cover-up of Dent’s death, and releases the prisoners locked up under the Dent Act. The rich and powerful are dragged from their homes and put before a show trial presided over by Jonathan Crane, where they are given the choice between death or exile, and the city further regresses into a state of anarchy. After an attempt to sneak Special Forces soldiers into the city disguised as aid workers ends with the soldiers hung from a bridge for the world to see, the government blockades Gotham.
Meanwhile, Bruce retrains himself to be Batman and successfully escapes Bane’s prison to return to Gotham. He enlists Selina, Blake, and Lucius Fox‘s help in liberating the people of the city and stopping the fusion bomb. Batman confronts Bane, but Miranda Tate intervenes as she reveals herself to be Talia al Ghul. It was she, not Bane, who escaped the prison as a child, and Bane was permanently scarred as he tried to help her. Gordon successfully cuts off the bomb’s ability to be remotely detonated and Selina kills Bane, allowing Batman to chase Talia. He tries to force her to take the bomb to the fusion chamber, where it can be stabilized, but she remotely floods the chamber. Batman shoots her truck off the road and she dies in the resulting crash, confident that the bomb cannot be stopped. Using a helicopter developed by Fox, Batman hauls the bomb beyond the city limits, where it detonates over the ocean.
In the aftermath of the explosion, the world believes Batman to be dead and Bruce to have been one of the casualties of the riot. As his estate is divided up, Alfred witnesses Bruce and Selina together alive in a cafe in Italy, while Blake inherits the Batcave.
In my humble opinion: To all those people who have jumped on the bandwagon and keep saying, “Batman will surely die in the third movie” you’re drinking a little too much of the kool-aid. 1. It’s already the most anticipated movie of the year….maybe ever, so you’re not going to kill off the main hero in case sequels can be made (it’s Hollywood, they are all about money). 2. What better way to hype up the most anticipated movie ever made even more?….make it look like Bane kills Batman in the trailers. 3. What other movie series decides to kill of the main character (hero) for dramatic effect? None spring to mind? Yeah that’s because it’s never happened… and as much credit as I give to Christopher Nolan (he is awesome!!!) I don’t think he’ll be the one to start the trend. So rest assured people…Batman will not die. Here’s how it will go down: Bane will have beaten Batman in a fight. Bane, thinking he has killed Batman and tossed him down a deep dark waterfall inside the Batcave will then take Batman’s cracked mask and toss it aside thinking he has won…..then…. later on….when all hope is lost…Batman will show up and save the day, in true Hollywood style….all that said I will still be going to see it…no doubt 🙂