I’ll first start off by saying that this movie was superb arguably the best of the three. Nolan does a fantastic job of turning something that was initially not planned as a trilogy into one, by coming full circle in this final movie. Fans of the Batman trilogy will find much to like in this final movie, the trials and lessons that Bruce has learned over the last two movies must all be called upon in this one to overcome this final test. Christian Bale (Batman) gives one of his best performance yet as the masked vigilante, because the movie is really centered on Bruce, Bale is asked to do a lot and he pulls it off; Bale does a fantastic job of displaying a sense of loss, a fear of mortality and the innate ability of self-sacrifice.
The villains of the movie really stand out even though it feels like they try to fill a hole the Joker left behind. Alone, none of the villains really put forth the kind of memorable performance Heath ledger was able to display in the dark Knight, however each villain does an excellent job of testing Batman/Bruce Wayne and pushing him to the limits. Tom Hardy as (Bane) is an absolute force of nature, towering, intimidating, and intelligent, he plays the complete package and without a doubt the most physical challenge that Batman has faced yet. Anne Hathaway in the role of Selena Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman presents a completely different take on the character, she is more of a modern-day grifter then the cat like super villain we all grow up watching. Gary Oldman returns as Commissioner Gordon, he really nails his performance when on screen, you can really feel the inner turmoil that lying to the people of Gotham has caused him, and how hard it is to praise the man that almost killed his son. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake) comes through once again with a great performance, you really feel him as the moral compass of the movie, one character without a mask really trying to do some good.
The movie is about two hours and 45 min. long, but it speeds along at a clipping pace, you never feel the time go by, before you realize it time has flown by and the last 30 min. of the movie is such a big set piece it will absolutely blow your mind. As in the previous two movies the dialogue is spot on, gripping interactions between characters are sometimes more intense than the actions scenes. Nolan is really able to depict the human emotion that the characters are facing on screen, one example of that would be the character of Bane who wears a mask the entire movie covering his face, the only part you’re able to see are his eyes but the filmmakers are able to display so much emotion through them you actually feel that fear and sadness he puts forth.
The Dark night Rises however is not the perfect movie, for one I believe there were too many characters, I didn’t see the point of adding the character of Holly Robinson played by Juno Temple; this character was Selena Kyle’s assistant in the comics but didn’t play a really big or important role in the movie and really didn’t need to be there. With so many characters on screen and so little screen time to share someone had to suffer and unfortunately the character of Alfred played by (Michael Caine) drew the short straw, as I really don’t think the filmmakers got his character right.
Those few minor problems aside The Dark night Rises is a fantastic movie and a fitting end to the trilogy. Christopher Nolan may have just accomplished something way more than he set out to do, he may have just created the best complete Batman story from beginning to end. In the first two movies you really see how Bruce Wayne has progressed from a vengeful young man with focus, bringer of justice, and this movie really puts a stamp on the character and comes full circle and shows how far he has come. The Dark night Rises really does rise above the rest and for that reason I’m giving it a 4.6 out of 5, go watch this movie.
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