Just when hordes of fans gathered to watch filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s much-awaited final installment in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, at a midnight screening in Denver, US, on Thursday night, a 6-ft-tall man, reportedly wearing a gas mask ala the film’s antagonist Bane, gunned down 12 people and wounded at least 50 others. The incident might have sent a chill down the spine of movie-goers, but critics worldwide are still giving the epic conclusion a bow.
“This is a big, brash, plausible movie on a self-consciously epic scale, a deafening superhero Bayreuth, taking place in a gloomy, almost physical smog of testosterone. It will certainly be a commercial smash, and you have to admire the confidence with which Christopher Nolan insists on the seriousness of the Batman mythology; he has thoroughly reinvented it, reauthored it and thought it through, in a way no other director has done with any other summer franchise,” wrote Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian.
There have been negative comments too. Associated Press critic Christy Lemire, called the film “coldly cerebral…overstuffed.” Rotten Tomatoes tried to police resulting posts attacking Lemire. But when the volume became too daunting, the aggregator announced it was suspending user comments for the time being — a first in its 13-year history.