Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Storyboards

The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Storyboards
The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Storyboards by Christopher J. Nolan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Screenplays
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the movies who are interested in reading the screenplays
Trigger Warnings: violence, murder, fighting, treachery, deceit

My Thoughts: I am unforgivably late reading this ARC, but I wanted to watch the final movie before I read it, and it's very hard for me to find time to watch movies. Of course, once I did find time to watch the movie, I became buried under other books that urgently needed to be reviewed... well, it's an old story. So. How to review screenplays and storyboards? It's tricky! I mean, there's no narrative, no need to worry about details like grammar. So, it all falls into how much you liked or disliked the story. I happen to be a fan of Batman from way back, so I mostly enjoyed the movies, and therefore I mostly enjoyed the screenplays. I never much liked their version of the Joker, and of course the nuclear bomb in Gotham's bay should have resulted in a huge tsunami, but those are details. If you enjoyed the movies, and like to read screenplays, then grab a copy. They don't have the complete storyboards, only a sample of each, but those are pretty cool as well. Also, the prequel gives you a look into the minds of the writers of the screenplays, which is pretty cool. I enjoyed being reminded of the movies, and fans of the movies will particularly enjoy this book.

Disclosure: I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: The Compete Screenplays of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, with storyboards from each film. There is also an introduction featuring a conversation about The Dark Knight trilogy among the three writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer

Christopher Nolan brings The Dark Knight trilogy to its climax.

The trilogy commenced with Batman Begins, which traced the origins of how Bruce Wayne took on the role of the masked crusader to fight the forces of evil.

In the second film, The Dark Knight, Batman found himself battling the anarchy unleashed by the Joker.

Physically and psychologically depleted by the events at the end of The Dark Knight, in The Dark Knight Rises Batman must marshal all his resources to meet the threat to Gotham City posed by the masked villain Bane.

These three films form a trilogy unique in the history of cinema—and express a dark imaginative vision that reflects the uncertainties of the twenty-first century.

This volume contains the complete screenplays of all three films, together with storyboards from each one.

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  1. I've been really interested in this book but I'm not a fan of reading screen plays. I enjoyed your review and I might still look into picking this up. I am a bi Batman fan.

    1. It's pretty cool, it's the shooting script, so it also gives the general stage directions, which I like.


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