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Movie Review: 'Dark Knight' doesn't deliver

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By Mike Cote

It’s entirely possible that I’ve had my fill of superhero movies this summer.
After all, I’ve seen both “The Avengers” (fun and entertaining) and “The Amazing Spider-Man” (better than the other recent Spidey incarnation) since school let out.
So maybe, just maybe, I caught “The Dark Knight Rises” with superhero burnout — kind of like trying to stuff that last turkey sandwich into your craw five days after Thanksgiving.
But of the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, I have this to say: “meh.”
Don’t get me wrong, even this final chapter, which starts off with a bang and ends with a whimper, is still better than all of the 1990s Batman movies with the possible exception of “Batman Returns” (the second one with Michael Keaton … I have trouble keeping those straight, too).
Of the three movies in Nolan’s series, this was truly the only one I was looking forward to. I largely ignored “Batman Begins” when it came out in 2005 and had no interest in “The Dark Knight” in 2008, but was dragged to it by my wife — who is a big Heath Ledger fan — to see Ledger’s posthumous Academy Award-winning portrayal of the Joker .


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