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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic conclusion to Nolan's Batman trilogy, December 7, 2012
This review is from: The Dark Knight Rises [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Having been a huge fan of Chris Nolan's previous two Batman films, couldn't wait to watch this when it was released. And The Dark Knight Rises didn't disappoint. The conclusion to the trilogy is fitting for the franchise, for Batman, and for Bruce Wayne (though I have read rumors that Nolan might come back for another film in the series or maybe a Batman/Superman film - hope some of this is true!).

The film starts with a frail Bruce Wayne having pretty much retired and living a private life eight years after he eliminated the Joker. The peaceful Gotham City where police officers feel they will soon be "chasing overdue library books" is rocked by a series of events orchestrated by the ferocious and calculating villain, Bane.

The pace of this film is slightly slower (and heavier) compared to the previous two films, partly because there are a lot more characters in this film, and Nolan being the master storyteller that he is, gives each character enough time in the film. It could seem a bit lengthy at 3 hours of thereabout because of this. Lucius Fox and Alfred return in their usual roles of being Batman's brains and soul respectively. Michael Caine's performance as Alfred is simply remarkable even though his screen time is somewhat limited in the film. Christian Bale, as usual, has done a great job portraying the battles within Bruce Wayne - overcoming his hears and rising from being as good as dead to come back to save his beloved city. His character comes a full circle from the first film as Thomas Wayne's words "why do we fall down Bruce" echo through this film and Bruce seemingly understands their meaning here as he prepares to pick himself up and "rise".

New characters added a refreshing touch to the series. Anne Hathaway is brilliant in her role as Selina Kyle. She lightens up the serious macho overdose of the film with her flair and flamboyant ways. Bane, with links to the League of Shadows, brings a dark element unlike any Gotham has witnessed before. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays John (Robin) Blake perhaps a younger version of Jim Gordon. He seems to be set to take over the reins from Commissioner Gordon, but eventually chooses to stay free of the shackles imposed by structure and protocols by the GCPD. Marion Cotillard (I thought she was brilliant in Inception) plays a convincing partner and love interest of Bruce Wayne.

The conclusion is definitely a lot heavier in terms of content and pace compared to the previous two films. This film requires focused attention to the dialogue and sequence of events, previous 2 films seem somewhat lighter compared to this one. The fact that Bane's voice was muffled with his mask doesn't help in this regard, it only increases the level of focus one needs to have which watching the film. In addition, the film has more characters with their place in the film. Chris Nolan has spent a fair amount of time with each character to fully bring out their roles and let the audiences savor the nuances of their personalities, inner conflicts, and goals. I personally think the editing room could have shaved off a good 15 to 20 minutes from the film, but this is Nolan's signature style of storytelling. Also some scenes make Batman seem too human, like the street fight scene with Bane towards the end. Batman is a superhero and it feels somewhat strange to see him battle his enemy bare hands in the middle of a street-fight. That being said, there are plenty of new toys in his arsenal and the Bat, in particular, is awesome!

Yes, the performance of Heath Ledger and the compelling storytelling of The Dark Knight are hard to match, but TDKR is an appropriate and epic conclusion to what I think is one of the best series of super-hero films made to date.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2012, 6:35:33 PM PST
cd-heaven says:
Great review to a Great Movie!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 6:19:53 AM PST
chawg says:
Totally agree. I was a little on the fence at first because like you said it is hard to match Ledger in TDK but overall I loved the conclusion. The thing about these films is it's an overall development of a bigger picture not just a single movie in itself (although Nolan does a good job of separating and telling complete stories within the films). It's like rating each Star Wars movie. Yes, some are worse than others but it's an overall story to grasp and just like Return Of The Jedi, TDKR delivers!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 8:53:45 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 17, 2012, 1:15:21 PM PST
Yu Narukami says:
I couldn't disagree with you more. A poorly made film with lack of originality made by a terrible director gets praised. Lets face it, the last 2 films sucked, I tried to give this film a chance but it was awful.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012, 1:16:29 PM PST
Yu Narukami says:
Cheap acting, cheap effects and poor story writing is not what makes a good film.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 2:15:15 PM PST
chawg says:
obvious troll is obvious

Posted on Dec 27, 2012, 7:31:08 AM PST
Tyler Jones says:
Probably should have left out the fact that John Blake's real name is Robin. That was a great surprise in the film, at least for me anyway.

Well written review, but please try and steer clear of spoilers.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013, 9:19:48 AM PST
Melo says:
He has every right to include spoilers, this is a review, perhaps you should have saw the film before reading a review. common sense

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013, 7:50:43 AM PST
chawg says:
Kind of hard to do a movie review without having spoilers don't you think????

Posted on May 13, 2013, 5:55:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2013, 10:46:48 AM PDT
Avg Joe says:
Skips over the absurd plot holes in a most generous fashion.
** SPOILERS **
Bruce comes across as alternately pathetic and suicidal as he looks for love in all the wrong places (the good girl robs and betrays him, the bad girl tries to kill him.... though, truthfully, she tries to kill Everyone). He blunders face first into every challenge (including the one where the world's greatest detective has to imagine why someone would steal a billionaire's fingerprints..... did anyone Fail to guess that outcome?). He does, however, have the ability to spontaneously regenerate (per Batman canon)..... which is nice as he keeps using his face to hit Bane's fists. He regenerates cartilage when he puts on his magical knee brace, and regenerates his spinal column (bones shown protruding through the skin) when his back is set and he does some pushups. He also gains the ability to escape from an inescapable prison by "no longer fearing death" - and is thus magically granted the ability to match the physical prowess of a 12 year old girl, who escaped years earlier.

Nor is the plot rescued by a marvelous villain like Heath Ledger. Bane is (almost) equally absurd. His issue (aside from a massive Shakespearean speech impediment) is the inability to tie his shoes without a three ring circus and a retinue of clowns. To insert bogus trades into the stock market he invades it with gun toting mercenaries on motorcycles..... so that someone can plug in a laptop and hit the <enter> key. He choreographs a flying circus involving a C130 cargo aircraft cabled to a government plane to simulate the death of a scientist when a few snipers in the landing field and a crash over deep water would have done rather better. He also has this incredible bullet allergy that can result in his death when shot..... something (almost) NOONE imagines possible.... (and who can blame them?) Fusion reactors that become fusion bombs with a few tweaks, helicopters that fly with the top of the rotors covered over, a scene where the keystone cops do the clown car routine with the sewer system......dogs and cats living together....... Really...... 5 stars? Alfred set an example when he walked out of the movie in disgust.... I think Nolan was dropping a hint here in Andy Warhol fashion.
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