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The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Novelization (Movie Tie-In Edition) Mass Market Paperback – July 24, 2012
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"Cox fills in the visual gaps with rich descriptions of the landscape and characters." – Wired
" A great souvenir of a terrific film." – SciFi Bulletin
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All in all, if you liked the movie, chances are you will find the book to be OK. It is not great, and will never be put up as a great work of literature. But if you have an afternoon/evening to kill, it is a quick and easy read that follows the movie almost to a t.
It is not reading for nothing though. I got the sense of some of the dialogue that may have been left out in the final version of the movie. Particularly the exchange between Bruce and Alfred seems like it was edited more in the final film. Some details about the history of Bane and the League are also included.
I should mention that I am a huge fan of the Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy and was looking forward to reading the novelization of the final installment. I love the films and thought that Dark Knight Rises was a fitting and satisfying conclusion to a great series.
Overall, I would say that the novelization would be worthwhile reading if you have seen the film first. If it was the other way around, you might not be inspired to actually see the movie if the novelization was what you were expecting to see on film.
The Dark Knight Rises picks up eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. Inspired by Harvey Dent's alleged heroism, the Dent Act gave Gotham's police force the teeth they needed to clean up their city -- and for all intents and purposes, Gotham is a city reformed. But Police Commissioner Gordon and billionaire Bruce Wayne, the erstwhile Batman, bought that peace with a lie -- and a world built on lies cannot help but one day crumble. On one front, there are rumors of an army assembling beneath the city, led by the notorious mercenary bane -- and on another, more personal front, the reclusive Bruce has so withdrawn from life that he's left his resources and power vulnerable to assault. Gotham needs her Dark Knight -- but having been absent for so long, can Wayne survive another war with unspeakable evil without losing his humanity?
Cox has the richest material possible to work with, as in my opinion director Christopher Nolan and his co-writers are masterful storytellers.Read more ›
Unfortunately, this was far worse than even my lowest expectations-Cox novelizes 'Rises' in the prose of an eighth-grade student who happened to bring his laptop to the theater with him. The dialogue is almost matched-to-script, except for this annoying habit of messing up all the good quotes that we'd actually care to see repeated in the book. Insightful characterization or inner-dialogue is sparse, and pretty obnoxious when present.
I'm not exaggerating when I say I feel like a pubescent pre-teen scribed this book down. We get lots of tidbits involving pretty much all the male characters sizing up Catwoman's ass, and if you thought the one liners from the movie were bad-this Cox guy manages to come up with even MORE one-liners in the character's thoughts.
Here's a summary of about ninety percent of the repeated themes all the scenes focus on: Catwoman's ass, Catwoman's fashion obsession, Bruce's facial hair, Foley and the 'hothead', Bane's 'ugly' mug.I'm not making this up. THIS is what the book writes about. Seriously...who needs to read this stuff?
I wanted to see how the book hashed out some of the sketchier plot aspects of the story, and instead I got something so cheezy and sloppily composed that I felt as if the movie itself was violated by this. It does not warrant the "official" novelization.
It is not the novelization this movie needs, nor at all what we fans deserve.
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Birthday present to best friend, who is a huge TDK fan. She loved it!! Hoping to buy her the others soon!Published 1 month ago by Sarah-Vita
Sort of okay, I guess I could have spend the money in something else!Published 13 months ago by Elle Cullen
This was an exceptionally good book. It had a powerful, heartless antagonist who seemed virtually unbeatable through most of the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Luv2read
This Batman book called you a lot of BL the movie. If you are a fan then you should go out and buy one today. Amazon sent it to me when they said it was going to arrive. Read morePublished 14 months ago by CosimoM
Very good. Interesting change in adapter from Dennis O'Neil to Greg Cox. Cox treated this movie tie-in with far less additional scenes than what O'Neil would accomplish. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Victor Orozco