July 21, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to the Christopher Nolan trilogy starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne. The movie starts off eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. The Batman has retired, and there has been relative peace in Gotham. That’s until a new villain comes to town, Bane, played brilliantly by Tom Hardy. Nolan’s take on Batman has always focused on the psychology of what drives a man to do such extraordinary feats to protect a city. The Dark Knight Rises completes the Bruce Wayne/Batman character arc and is largely satisfying to the fans. There is so much content in this movie it almost feels like it’s too much. Rises has the longest run time of the three, and as much as I didn’t want to see this franchise come to an end there are many things in the movie that could have been cut to strengthen the film.
The additions to the major characters are essentially a role call from Nolan’s movie Inception. Aside from Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Blake) brings the solid performance we have come to expect from him. Marion Cotillard (Miranda) rounds out the Nolan alum and she is as lovely as ever. The last addition to the cast is Anne Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle. I was the most worried about her, I never really felt like she’d make a good Catwoman, but I was pleasantly surprised, and happy with her in the film. She is believable in all facets of the complex role and she delivers a memorable performance. Every one of the new main characters shine, however there are some characters that could have been left out and The Dark Knight Rises would have been better for it. I disliked two characters in particular, and they served zero purpose to the plot, there were more a distraction if anything. Those two characters were Foley, played by Matthew Modine and Jen, played by Juno Temple. Their arcs seemed to suffer from being shortened in post-production because of the already long runtime.
Overall The Dark Knight Rises is everything the fanboy in me wanted it to be. Excellent writing, excellent cinematography, and score all bring a satisfying closure to this masterpiece. Sure, it can use another round of trimming, but as an ending to the story it’s as strong as its beginning, and in a day and age where we have seen so many third movies falter, The Dark Knight trilogy never waivers in its path. Rises is the perfect closure, and caps off what is arguably the greatest trilogy in film history. From the opening to the conclusion you truly believe in the universe that Christopher Nolan has created. The Dark Knight Rises does not disappoint.
Thank you Christopher Nolan for giving fans the Batman trilogy we deserved.
RATING 3 out of 4
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