PG) The Dark Knight Rises
Warner Bros Pictures.
Running Time: 165 Minutes.
3 and a half stars out of 4.
The final instalment of director Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy," has come to a wonderful and extremely satisfying conclusion. This has been a very successful, and critically acclaimed franchise worldwide, and now we have one last film (The Dark Knight Rises), to end one of the best trilogies of the last decade. With new people such as Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Coittiard along for this epic conclusion, and with a brand new story, and amazing scenes filmed in IMAX. The Dark Knight Rises fails to disappoint.
Set 8 years after the events of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises picks up where you are introduced to Bane (Tom Hardy) the physically strong villain with a mask covering his mouth and nose , that he claims are for breathing purposes. The mask also makes Bane' speech muffled. We then go to Gotham, where Commissioner James "Jim" Gordon (Gary Oldman) is at a conference outside the Wayne residence to address the public, and "give the truth about how Harvey Dent died, and how Batman was framed." Gordron cannot go through with it, and saves it for another time and place. At the event we meet Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) disguised as a maid. Catwoman' character is reminded me of Angelina Jolie's character in Salt, not performance wise, but in the way that in the beginning you are unsure if the character is good or bad. Then we meet the masked man Bane who along with his army, is capturing victims and then keeping them hostage. Bane wants to watch Gotham burn to ashes, then kill the hostages. It has been said that Batman has finally met his match. At a point in the film, Bane tells Batman " When Gotham is in ashes you have my permission to die!"
That is a short synopsis with little detail compared to this two hour-forty five minute film of pure action, entertainment, emotion, and at times humour. Although the film is not nearly as great as 2008's The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises still fails to disappoint, and is very enjoyable, and contains a stellar cast, who all deliver AMAZING performances. Especially Anne Hathaway who many were hesitant as to how good The Princess Diaries actress would be as legendary CATWOMAN. She is amazing, and her character along with Bruce Wayne/Batman gives the film an edge, and an excitement. Tom Hardy's Bane is fantastic with exception that at times it is hard to understand what he is saying. Marion Coittiard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, and the rest of this very large ensemble deliver excellent and believable performances.
At the beginning of the film it is hard to know what is going on, and who is doing what but as time goes on, gets better, and better as the 165 minutes go on. The new characters make for exciting plot twists, and surprises that make sense. Christopher Nolan deserves an Oscar nomination and maybe a win, for his breathtakingly good direction, and his emotional, intense, and epic screenplay which he penned with his brother Jonathan.The screenplay brings the audience the long waited for conclusion to The Dark Knight Legend.
Bane who is the new villain in The Dark Knight Rises, is scary, well written, and fearless. Tom Hardy's performance brings Bane alive, and I was scared of this villain, at several points of this film. Bane's reason for taking over Gotham, is the best I have ever heard from a superhero villain. Although Bane is not as scary, or entertaining as Heath Ledgers amazing Joker, he still has his moments. The Dark Knight Rises is a great superhero movie, with big set pieces, and amazing acting, directing, and writing.
Christopher Nolan has not only established himself as a legendary director but an IMAX whiz, in the same way that James Cameron is a 3D whiz. Over 70 minutes of the film were filmed using IMAX cameras, and the IMAX makes you feel as though you are in the movie. The Dark Knight Rises is also the first superhero film of the summer NOT in 3D, and this is the film that shows you how good a movie can be without the extra dimension. To future superhero filmmakers choose IMAX over 3D, it may not make you the extra $3, but will have the viewers much more satisfied. Unlike many other superhero films which take place and are shot in a real city, Christopher Nolan makes Gotham his city, even though this was filmed in Pittsburgh, New York, and Los Angeles, Gotham feels like a new world, with these characters, with these villains, and with there stories. Anne Hathaway said "(Christopher Nolan) He builds these worlds, that you can really get lost in.""Time flies when your having fun," and The Dark Knight Rises is no exception. This film was so much fun, and so enjoyable, that the 165 minutes just flew bye.
Thank You Christopher Nolan for constructing the best trilogy ever put on film, and making it more than just a comic book movie.