"The Dark Knight Rises"
, Crime, Sequel. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 44 minutes.
by Warner Bros. Pictures
Morgan Freeman and Marion Cotillard in Warner Bros. Pictures'
"The Dark Knight Rises" - 2012
After being a recluse
for eight years, the Batman decides to come out of retirement
to save Gotham City in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The third installment of Christopher Nolan’s excellent Dark
Knight trilogy is one of the most anticipated movies in recent
memory, so this is a movie that will be highly scrutinized over
the next few months. “The Dark Knight” was about as
close to perfection as a filmmaker could get, in large part due
to Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as The Joker. So
TDKR will undoubtedly be compared to its predecessor for years
Personally, I think the two movies are pretty close to equal,
the only exception being that no one can match Ledger’s
Joker. That is not to say that Tom Hardy’s Bane is not intense
and terrifying. Or that Anne Hathoway’s Selina Kyle is not
conflicted and sexy. Both are great in their roles and add a lot
to the universe Nolan has created.
All of the old favorites are back as well. Christian Bale continues
to show that he is one of the best actors in Hollywood with his
third portrayal of Bruce Wayne. Michael Caine brings you to tears
multiple times as Wayne’s surrogate father, Alfred the butler.
Gary Oldman shines once again as Commissioner Gordon, and this
time he is given a brash, up and coming cop by the name of John
Blake to play off of. Blake is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Gordon-Levitt is actually the best addition to the cast. He’s
on the verge of becoming a mega huge movie star and has the talent
to back it up. After this and “Inception,” I am extremely
excited to see what we’ll see Nolan and Gordon-Levitt work
on together in the future.
Speaking of Nolan, he continues to see how grand and epic he can
make these movies. Four years ago I though “The Dark Knight”
literally felt like the biggest movie I had ever seen. Then “Inception”
came around and rivaled its grandness. No doubt here, TDKR is
on an even bigger scale. But when your movie takes place in the
world’s biggest city, it has to match that scale. The film
is also two hours and 45 minutes, but it never drags on. In fact,
sitting in the theater, knowing that this is the conclusion to
Nolan’s trilogy, I really didn’t want the movie to
end and it could not have gone on for too long.
I have a couple complaints about the film though. I won’t
get into one of them because it involves giving away the entire
ending. The other has to do with Bane’s voice. It’s
not that I had a hard time understanding what Hardy was saying.
But it sounds too over the top and cartoony. It didn’t seem
to match up with this menacing and imposing figure Hardy is portraying.
Bane’s voice is a minor complaint, although I do have quite
a problem with the ending, because I don’t feel it is something
one of the main characters would do.
Despite my issues with the ending, this is still a fantastic movie,
and I would recommend seeing it more than once.
P.S. Watch out for
a reference to Detroit while Bruce Wayne is researching Selina
Kyle’s criminal record!
OVERALL RATING: A
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Dark Knight Rises movie poster