The Dark Knight Rises Reviews
"Rises" may not be a great movie on its own. As a standalone story it feels incomplete and without the existence of the prior two chapters it would be vacant emotionally. "Rises" manages to also improve the stature of first entry "Batman Begins" and cements "The Dark Knight"'s status of one of the best superhero films in history.
Set eight years since the conclusion of "The Dark Knight", "Rises" finds Bruce Wayne in depressed hiding, still recovering from losing his true love and sacrificing his alter ego's reputation for the sake of Gotham City. But his sacrifice is only a temporary solution as there's terror threatening to rise and destroy Gotham City. Wayne/Batman is inspired to come out of hiding as a cat burglar awakens his libido and arouses his curiosity.
The story is not as strong as "The Dark Knight" was but the themes are connected and Nolan is able to complete his trilogy puzzle quite ably. Tom Hardy puts some affected touches on Bane, but it works.
"The Dark Knight Rises" ends one of the best superhero trilogies in dark but appropriate fashion.
It's a somewhat entertaining one. Tom Hardy looks great as Bane, despite the fact he's inaudible for a good portion of the movie. Anne Hathaway is the ideal Catwoman. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt pretty much steals the show. But apart from that, the plot is just pointless. The set up is intriguing, as Bane's attack on the 1% raises a very interesting plot to create mass chaos by ridding the rich of all their wealth. But then you find out he just wants to blow up the city, and the last two thirds of The Dark Knight Rises is just a cliche ridden action movie about saving Gotham. We saw this already; it was called Batman Begins. The action scenes are completely uninspired. Plot holes are aplenty - how did he get back into Gotham? And the amount of contrived plot devices feel lifted from a film student's screenplay - of course Alfred's dream would come true. The film is fun in a mindless sort of way, but it's by far the weakest installment in the trilogy and a disappointing conclusion to what could have been the best movie trilogy ever made.
(-) Batman/Bruce Wayne becoming a weak character.
Still great movie to watch