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Date night...

So we took advantage of some time alone and went to dinner and a movie last night. It's harder to eat out these days (since I've gone gluten-free), but at my favorite Chinese restaurant, I asked them to leave the flour out of their sauce -- and they did! I had curry chicken, and it was delicious, and I didn't miss the thicker sauce at all :)

Then we went to see Dark Knight Rises. It's strange: DH asked if I was nervous to see that movie after last week, and at first, I said, "Of course not." But...yeah. Once we were in the theater, it was a little eerie. Every time a new person came into the room, I found myself watching them and their mannerisms carefully. Plus, a theater worker came in three times during the movie and checked the Exit door to be sure it was locked and closed. Strangely, DH didn't notice this at all! In fact, I'm not sure anyone noticed except for me, but it was kind of freaking me out (except that the door was clearly locked each time, so that was good).

Other than that, the movie was very good. It's intense, and it's the kind of intense that doesn't really let up until the very end -- and I'm not a huge fan of that, typically. However, certain characters made it completely worth it (you know, like Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, who is amazing -- and Anne Hathaway, who was also very good). Christian Bale was mostly just moody and morose...I've always liked him, and I saw him in Empire of the Sun a billion years ago when he was just a kid -- and he was awfully compelling in that.

The twists and turns in the plot were all surprises to me, but I will admit that this is the first Batman movie I've ever seen in the theater, and perhaps the only one I've watched all the way through period. I haven't seen either of the first two in this trilogy. I personally find the idea of anyone pursuing the destruction and torment of people that single-mindedly to be rather far-fetched, so the 'bad guy' component left a little to be desired...but there was a twist there, as well, which added a bit of depth.

The best part (for me) was the ending -- and NO SPOILERS -- I could have dealt with a little more of that and a little less of the evil intensity of the other two hours and forty minutes ;) Still, the ending was fantastic and got five stars from me!

Whew! Today, I'm off to visit with j_d_gill, so I'd best run. Have a great Thursday!

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authorwithin
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the movie! Hubby and I went to see the last Batman movie in the theater and the film broke. The theater offered to send us into another movie or give us gift certificates to come back and see a movie another time. Hubby and I chose the gift certificates. We never did see Batman in the theater, but have watched it on DVD. I just haven't been all that impressed with the other two and, as a result, haven't been interested in watching this new one.

Oldest son wants to go though, and after reading your thoughts about it, I might reconsider going with him.
robinellen
Jul. 27th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
I think it offers some really good discussion points -- it's intense, though, but there are some interesting story and character motivation aspects.
kymbrunner
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Idk, I thought the ending was predictable. Must be from analyzing too many story plots, lol. I agree that Joseph Gordon-Leavitt is a hottie (reminds me of Heath Ledger, who I loved) and Anne Hathaway played a kick-ass character too! I hated Christian Bale's raspy Batman voice b/c it brought me out of the movie. Why would he suddenly start talking weird like that just because he put on a special suit? Guess I'm too analytical but little things like that drive me crazy. Enjoy your day!
robinellen
Jul. 27th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh, I hated his voice in the suit! I kept trying to figure out if it was supposed to be part of the suit, so no one recognized him? But yeah, it was distracting...and yeah, the ending was a little predictable, but honestly, since I'd heard the first two were so depressing, it still surprised me that they let some things be happy :)
beachdog
Jul. 26th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
It would be a little eerie going to DKR but such random acts are (still) a rare event. Not my type of movie so I will pass (my eardrums thank me ... lol).

Glad you had a great date night!
robinellen
Jul. 27th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
It was quite loud (and because I was a little jittery, I kept jumping)...and today, my ears are buzzing a bit.

it was still a nice night :)
lorrainemt
Jul. 27th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
So glad you two had a nice night out. Hubby and I are due for a date night too--we're going to try a new restaurant and maybe a movie as well. But it won't be Batman, even though hubby would be happy about that!
robinellen
Jul. 27th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hehe...it's an intense movie, without a doubt. I would've been happy with Marigold Hotel, as well, but I seriously doubt I could have gotten DH to see that ;) Enjoy your time together :)
rowanda380
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
wasn't JGL just amazing, I have <3 him for a long time.
robinellen
Jul. 27th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, he was fantastic -- one of the highlights of the movie, for sure :)
nenne
Jul. 28th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Dinner and a movie sounds lovely. I do undrstand feeling a little uneasy though.
robinellen
Jul. 29th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
I think I was the only one who felt like that -- and since DH didn't even notice the guy coming in and checking the doors...
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