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The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays (Opus Screenplay) Paperback – August 1, 2012
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To boot, you get all the screenplays as well - an interesting read if you are a fan of the films and filmmaking in general.
All in all, I would recommend this to anyone who has a high regard for Nolan, his work, and this trilogy of films in particular.
The screenplays read like a novel - they are easy to follow, fun to digest, and present (re-present?) a story that captivated me when I first watched the movies in 2005, 2008, and 2012. I should note that the Kindle presentation did not come across as a script - though when read as a PDF, using Adobe Digital Editions, it becomes obvious that the book is a script. Though I only received my copy of the book yesterday, I could not stop reading till I got to the end.
But it was not the screenplays alone that made the book an interesting read. Along with the screenplays are an extended interview with the story's authors (Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, and David S. Goyer) and the co-producer of the films (Jordan Goldberg). Understanding the emotions, the motivation, and ideals that formed these movies added a bit of life to them, that I had not seen before.
The other extras, added to the book, were the three storyboards (one per movie) added to the end of each script. A snippet of the action (drawn much like a comic book presentation) added new life to the script. One felt as if they were being drawn into the process of creating each film - if only for a moment.
The scripts, the interview, and the storyboards, make for a valuable book - a book that is as exciting to read as the movies were to watch.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
What prevents me from giving a five-star review is that the scripts are incomplete. In various places, the text "SCENE OMITTED" appears, letting the reader know that this isn't truly the COMPLETE screenplays, as the title states. It seems to be scenes that were deleted from the final film were left out of the printing, even when they appeared on the DVD/BluRay special features. That's really disappointing.
As a former script reader in L.A., I have always appreciated the artform (and when done right, it is an artform), so to see these three amazing screenplays collected in one volume was very exciting for me. however, even if you're not a former reader, and just love these three movies, this is a great read. For me, The dark Knight Rises really helped bring the three movies together, and really made it feel like it was a triligy, chronicling basically the entire story of Bruce Wayne as Batman. Now, hopefully, we'll get another trilogy with a new batman, but either way, this story, the story of Christian Bale as Batman, has been told, and here it is, collected in a very large book. And the storyboards? Just icing on the cake, my friends!
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Excellent shipping, excellent product. Elves deeper into each character.Published 8 months ago by Christian Brown
I took an interest in scriptwriting after the enjoyable experience with the Batman trilogy. And what better way to learn about scripts than to analyze the screenplay of movies... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Darnell Major
If you are a fan of the Dark Knight Trilogy, then you might enjoy reading through the screenplays. All three are quality scripts from my perspective. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JMM
For the Nolan`s Batman lovers! A perfect companion for the films. You can enjoy scene by scene of this very loved movies. A great price, Sadly no photos!Published 20 months ago by Roberto Lagos
It has the complete screenplays with selected storyboards that make unique this book. It's great to read something like this! Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by carlos villegas
For fans, esp. aspiring writers, this is a great reference. Interview section provides an insight to how the first evolved to the two sequels.Published on April 26, 2014 by Abujalma