'Dark Knight Rises': 5 Reasons You'll Love It (& 3 Reasons to Stay Home) (VIDEO)

Dark Knight RisesYou know what this Friday is, right? The day the rest of us mortals who weren't invited to the July 16 world premiere in NYC get to see The Dark Knight Rises, of course! I don't know about you, but I'm going to be first in line to buy my ticket -- except I guess I don't actually have a babysitter for this weekend, and ... hmm. Dammit, this is why I hate that annoying Regal theater 'Go Big or Go Home' commercial. Why do I sometimes end up watching a much-anticipated blockbuster at home in my living room? BECAUSE LOGISTICS, THAT'S WHY.

Anyway! I'm going to do my level best to catch Dark Knight Rises while it's still in theaters, because I've been dying to see it since the first trailer hit the web.

Based on the early reviews, here are 5 reasons we're all going to love this flick --- and, for the sake of balance, 3 reasons some of us may want to skip the ticket price in favor of the living room/microwave popcorn version:


It's the best film of the trilogy.

Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish. Entirely enveloping and at times unnerving in a relevant way one would never have imagined, as a cohesive whole this ranks as the best of Nolan's trio, even if it lacks -- how could it not? -- an element as unique as Heath Ledger's immortal turn in The Dark Knight. It's a blockbuster by any standard. -- The Hollywood Reporter

Also, it's maybe the best superhero movie ever made.

The movie may not top 'The Avengers' at the worldwide box office, but it is a far, far better thing - maybe the best, most troubling, assured and enthralling of all the superhero movies. -- Time

It's engrossing enough to distract you from the ass-pain of sitting in a theater for three hours.

What a deal this thing is. Well, you know what, I’ll tell you in all honesty. I went to the movie, and it’s two hours and forty-five minutes. So two hours and forty-five minutes, that says bring survival gear, and I went in there, and the thing flies by. I was amazed at how quickly it goes by, and that’s the sign of a great movie. -- David Letterman

It lives up to the fans' insanely high expectations.

Christopher Nolan has conjured up that most difficult of tricks -- matching the high expectations of dedicated Batman fans and delivering a Hollywood blockbuster with credibility. -- Sydney Morning Herald

It just might win an Oscar.

Smartly-written, riveting and profoundly human with Oscar-caliber performances. It's the most emotionally and intellectually rewarding blockbuster in years, and thus far the best American film of 2012. -- NYC Movie Guru

Are you sold yet? ME TOO. Take note, however, that not everyone's in agreement that this is a must-see film:

It's a big fat bummer.

This third-and, the director insists, final-installment of Mr. Nolan's series makes you feel thoroughly miserable about life. It's spectacular, to be sure, but also remarkable for its all-encompassing gloom. No movie has ever administered more punishment, to its hero or its audience, in the name of mainstream entertainment. -- The Wall Street Journal

It's too fat, period.

In short it's a ticking bomb story, but a bloated one, full of the bling of blockbuster superhero filmmaking, from the giant stunts to the choreographed fight sequences and the large scale destruction of bridges, streets, and entire fleets of police vehicles
-- Urban Cinefile

It's got a dumb name (?).

Stupid title. But I still wanna see it..  -- Some random guy on RottenTomatoes.com

Personally, I'm finding myself more drawn to the positive reviews so far, but hopefully I get to see it soon and make up my own mind. Come on, date night!

Are you planning to see Dark Knight Rises this weekend? What do you think of the early reviews?

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