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.