The Dark Knight Rises
Wow.. The hype going into this movie was insane. No matter where you went people were, and in some parts of the world still are, biting at the bit to see the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. By the time The Dark Knight Rises hits the big screen the series had already gained a level of awesomeness that literally made every other movie remake of Batman look like droopy arm children. While the first movie was great (Batman Begins) the real pace kicked in with the unforgetable casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker in the second movie (The Dark Knight). So from a trilogy perspective Nolan really had no choice than to step up another notch to bring the fans what they wanted, a satisfying conclusion.
To help him along the way he drew upon the existing cast of favorites (Bale, Oldman, Freeman, Caine) and brought some new faces (Hardy, hathaway, Cotillard, Gordon-Levitt) along with an increased level of detail in the Batman universe.
A lot has been said about how people will perceive these new characters. Hardy & Gordon-Levitt certainly are no stranger to Nolan action flicks, however many wondered just how effective Anne Hathaway would be as Selina Kyle (Catwoman).
Ok.. lets cut to the chase. I’ve been stalling since the start of this review for a very good reason. I’m still trying to find the words to describe this movie. Lets start with the storyline.
The basic premise, as most would have figured, is the intended destruction of Gotham City by Bane (Hardy). This echos on from previous attempts from Henri Ducard (played by Liam Neeson) in the first Batman movie. One word has to be said about the storyline here, detail. Details are everything and its so gratifying to come to an end of a trilogy and feel like you have had an epic tale revealed to you, rather than told in such a way you feel talked down to. The pace of the story telling is also terrifyingly fantastic. There were surprises and some twists and turns, but ultimately the pace was fast enough you didn’t even try to guess where it was going. All you could do was strap yourself in.
Since the beginning of the trilogy acting has been a critical part of telling the story, and Nolan certainly knows how to bring characters out of actors, point in case with Ledger as the Joker. So while there were reservations about casting, there was hope this would still be the case. I can say yes it was. Hathaway is fantastic as Catwoman, and sets a new benchmark for that role. While Bane was stuck behind a mask there was no restrictions to his ability to project his persona. The reset just seemed to meld so well, and while minor fault could be found in some the collective effort of the entire cast made this one exciting film to watch.
Finally the detail in this film has gone up another notch. Rather than spoil the surprises i will just say this, while this is the same bat bike as previous movies…. its way more awesome.
This movie was incredible. I still cant believe what i have watched. As a huge Batman fan (and i mean i think Batman is way better than any other super hero) I was left completely satisfied and possibly a little emotional. Christopher Nolan has just completed the most perfect Super hero trilogy of all time. There simply are not enough superlatives to explain just how satisfying this final movie in Nolan’s fantastic work has left this Batman fan feeling.
I’m giving this 5 Batman signs out of 5. A movie you would watch back to back as many times as you could before you would collapse from exhaustion.
Reviewed by: Skip ‘Bat Shit’ Parker