The Dark Knight Rises was easily the most anticipated film of 2012. Unfortunately, its name will forever be attached to a senseless tragedy (our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Aurora, Colorado). But I’m not hear to talk about how I think the world is going down the tubes (trust me, it is). Here are my thoughts on the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
The Story – The Batman disappeared into the night 8 years ago after taking responsibility for Harvey Dent’s death. But now he must rise one last time to stop Bane, a villain who is hell-bent on bringing Gotham to its knees.
- Nolan Knows Best – Christopher Nolan brilliantly brings his vision of Batman and Gotham City back to life. Thanks to the directing every scene feels like it carries some weight. Once again Nolan makes Batman believable instead of over the top – and you shouldn’t want it any other way.
- Soundtrack – Christopher Nolan’s films never disappoint in the sound department, and The Dark Knight Rises isn’t the exception. The best word to describe the soundtrack is “epic”. Although, at times it sounds like Inception remixed.
- Catwoman – I was skeptical when Anne Hathaway was chosen to play Catwoman, but those fears quickly went out the window after seeing her in action. She pulls off the role wonderfully, she gives Michelle Pfeiffer a run for her money.
- A Portrait of a Broken Man – Christian Bale gives his best performance as the Dark Knight, he’s really found a sweet spot. His acting makes Bruce Wayne’s struggles look genuine.
- Bringing the Laughs – I don’t remember the previous two movies having so many funny moments. Once the shit hits the fan an old face makes a return, and his brief scenes will make you chuckle.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt – JGL shows why he’s one of Hollywood’s up and comers.
- 3rd Quarter Comeback – Things drag a bit during the first half, but the film picks up steam in the 3rd quarter. There’s a pivotal scene towards the end that sent waves through the theater.
- Something’s In My Eye, Really! – I almost cried a few times while watching this movie, but I held it together like a tough guy. Drama has never been pulled off this well in a superhero flick.
- A Fitting End – The ending is pure perfection — I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion. If it doesn’t leave you feeling satisfied –- nothing will.
- Too Many Clichés – The plot works, but it has one too many clichés. Obviously, I’m not going to give anything away, just be ready to groan a couple of times. Batman’s last seen is touching, but it’s a scene that you’ve seen a million times before. Hell, a superhero movie that came out in the last two years had a similar conclusion.
- He’s No Joker – Tom Hardy does a solid job as Bane, but he doesn’t come close to topping Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker.
- 20 Minutes Too Long – The Dark Knight Rises feels 20 minutes too long; some scenes could have been left on the cutting room floor.
The Dark Knight Rises has a few issues, but it still comes out as the best movie in the trilogy. Everything just comes together at the end, and it’s easy to forgive the film’s minor shortcomings. If you’re a fan of the previous movies go out and see this, immediately. It’s not the most action backed superhero tale, but it’s certainly the most human. (Rating: 9/10)