A spoiler free Dark Knight Rises review
The dark knight rises. Batman….that’s all you have to say to spark my interest. The third batman film from the genius, mind fucking director Christopher Nolan. If you’re looking for a repeat of the dark knight then go elsewhere. The third installment is a complete wrap up story that brings every piece together. It has a beginning, an origin; a middle, chaos; and an end; establishing your legend. The film moves thru flashbacks from the previous movies to highlight certain aspects and bring the story full circle.
The beginning of the film, I will admit, is very slow and the pacing is off. They needed to explain too much in a short amount of time and it felt crammed. This may be the reason a few people didn’t like it. After they drawl thru the intro it picks up and just hooks you in like a giant chocolate cake sitting on your counter. You cant take your eyes off of it. I’m almost positive I didn’t even blink lol. The ending just makes you say “hooooooly shiiiiiiit!” it finishes strong and completes this story that began many years ago.
Every one of Nolans films has very strong male actors and this one isn’t any different…..except for the fact that this one also had strong female performances as well! Anne hathaway is catwoman, her portrayal was unique and made you feel that THIS is how she should be. Marion cotillard also delivers and you’re not rooting for the females to die like you were with Maggie gylenhaal. Christian bale does his best portrayal of Bruce wayne and batman. Michael Caine made you wanna cry, Joseph gordon Levitt stole every scene he was in, and morgan freeman plays the likable charismatic lucius fox like previously seen. The one performance I felt that was lacking was Gary Oldmans. It’s because if you watch the end of the dark knight where two face is about to murder his kid, when you said “harvey I’m sorry!” that alone made was so emotional and can’t be beat so it made everything in the dark knight rises seem mediocre. My favorite character was Bane. I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan, watch him in Bronson and you’ll love him too. His size and stature make it believable that he could fuck batman up! One thing many don’t know is that bane is not some grumbling beast, he’s one of the smartest villains in batmans rogue gallery. He’s also one of the first to figure out he’s Bruce Wayne. His voice and his dialogue show his intelligence and it captivated me every time. People are comparing hardy’s bane to ledgers joker and they shouldn’t be compared. They are two completely different characters and if I wanted to see ledgers joker I’d watch the dark knight. It’d be ridiculous if they were alike. They are completely different and completely amazing in their own way. Tom Hardy plays a perfect bane for the Nolan universe and there was no other way they could have done bane for it to work this well.
I am completely satisfied with this film and it was a perfect conclusion to batman. It left you wanting more but also quenched your thirst. I loved Nolans batman films and I’m sad to see it end but I’m glad it ended this way.
I give the film a 9 out of 10.