Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

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Christopher Nolan gives his fantastic trilogy an exhilarating end

It’s fitting, really, that a comic superhero this revered has movies made on him by a filmmaker whose vision penetrates deep into what seems impossible to think up. Christopher Nolan has taken a tired franchise (fuck you, Joel Schumacher) and recharged it for eternity. The Batman has been elevated to a place so high that it will make us laugh if anybody as much as talks about attempting to revive him in cinema after Chris Nolan’s trilogy.

The reluctant crusader with inner demons to fight must battle Bane, a monster of a man with a goal to terrorize and blow Gotham to smithereens.  Tom Hardy plays the bald beast in a mask Hannibal Lecter might like to try, and imposes with physical presence and an absurdly gruff voice. Here’s where you can forget about the Joker and understand that different villains can do things differently as long as they’re menacing enough.

The Dark Knight Rises has Bruce Wayne struggling to make his comeback as the Batman, a role Christian Bale is very familiar with. While we already know what he’s like as the billionaire with little to look forward to and the vigilante who hammers the hell out of bad guys while making sure he doesn’t kill them, it is Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway who have your attention. Caine, as the caring, witty and lovably shrewd Alfred, keeps the chuckles coming, dry as they are. Hathaway, not once called ‘Catwoman’ to her face, is slender and agile and looks irresistible in her suit.

What’s really going to stay with me is Joseph’s Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake – there’s no way you can’t love the last thing you learn about him.

Christopher Nolan succeeds once again in telling a superhero story the way it needs to be told. The Dark Knight Rises is a motivational and inspiring tale of a man as human as us you all, and teaches us that heroes are men of action; the ones who see something wrong and fix it with their hands. The Dark Knight Rises is a gratifying watch that will thrill the hell out of you, and this reviewer’s claps and whistles weren’t for the Batman as they were for Christopher Nolan as he ended his fantastic trilogy with an exhilarating ride. Now if only we could get one of those machines.

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20 Responses to “Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises”

  1. July 14, 2012 at 07:41

    YAYY! You’re watching this!

    Everyone should watch it.


  2. 5 Anonymous
    July 20, 2012 at 09:40

    Joseph* Gordon Levitt 🙂


  3. July 20, 2012 at 11:23

    Does it live up to its hype?

    Psst: Even if it doesn’t, the tickets have already been booked 😉


  4. 9 Kush
    July 20, 2012 at 12:02

    It is the best trilogy ever. It started perfectly with Batman Begins, it grew to new heights with The Dark Knight and the conclusion couldn’t have been better with The Dark Knight Rises!
    Christopher Nolan is the best director for this and Hans Zimmer’s music perfectly compliments the movie!


    • July 20, 2012 at 15:30

      Yeah. My only grievance (I forgot to mention it in the review) is that Bane turned out to be a wimp. I mean, there are better reasons for a guy to be bad. It’d be cool even if he didn’t have a reason. His story was just lame.


  5. 13 Anonymous
    July 21, 2012 at 10:18

    gud movie.. nice review.. but i still think Hardy’s BANE is nothing to Ledger’s JOKER. i mean after Warrior i expected Hardy would show something different in BANE. but Nolan’s Suggestion that J G Lewitt might take over as Robin/Nightwing keeps u guessing whether he will be seen in later parts.


  6. July 21, 2012 at 16:38

    Brilliant review, I really enjoyed the film and it’d be great if you could read my review! Thanks http://conordcfc.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/film-review-the-dark-knight-rises-2012/


  7. 17 Mohammed (not the prophet)
    July 30, 2012 at 03:39

    Fun movie. I sat back and had a blast!


  8. 18 LordNecro
    August 2, 2012 at 04:07

    Dude, the movie was not as good as many people put it to be
    It was good in its storytelling and keeping a man intrested in the saga
    But i felt this was a very over rated movie
    I would still rather get one of the older batman movies where supervillans were played rather well by Mr Arnold, and Mr Jim carrey
    Here on the flipside, bane was shown as a pansy punk who was barely batmans height


    • August 2, 2012 at 04:43

      I think it was a logical way to end the trilogy. From the older Batman films, the only one I love is the movie Tim Burton directed. Have you seen it? Jack Nicholson is fucking awesome as The Joker. Jim Carrey – I can understand, but Arnold Schwarzenegger – no way, man. I love the guy but he’s funny when he tries to act. About Bane: I have the same problem with the character. Bane should have been a lot more violent in general, not just with the Batman.

      I love Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It is perfect as a whole.


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