The Dark Knight Rises Reviews
Featuring spectacular action sequences concentrated by a brilliant cast and a strong script, The Dark Knight Rises succeeds in bringing fitting closure to Nolan's trilogy.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is a violent, aggressive, doom-ridden, thrill-ride of a movie... and yes, it's good, very good. Even a bit better than The Dark Knight. It's definitely a much more action packed, faster paced film than it's predecessor, that's for sure, and it really works in setting up the many other characters we now have to follow (along with giving some more valuable time with familiar characters along the way). The first-third of this film is phenomenal, and if the movie kept up the pace throughout, it would have become the best Batman film to-date easily.
Seriously, the first hour or so of The Dark Knight Rises feels like the perfect Batman film, the essential Batman film in the way it depicts all of the character's inner torment. Christian Bale perfects his performance as Bruce Wayne in these early scenes especially, having a terrific scene with his father-figure Alfred, once again played brilliantly by Sir Michael Caine, in which their long-term relationship is seen crumbling to pieces before them. Wayne sees no end to his journey as Batman, it's haunted him for 8 years, and it's kept him living inside his own home for that long too. His life is a mess and it seems like there's no hope in sight for a man who's suffered through one-too-many tragedies in his life-time.
What works so well about the first-hour is the story of Bruce's return as Batman, and the inspiration he finds in other people along the way. One of those people who inspires him to return is John Blake, in a wonderful performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he is a cop who one day comes to visit Bruce Wayne in his mansion. He says he is investigating the death of Harvey Dent. It's obvious at this point that he's not just a regular old beat cop working the streets, he knows his stuff, he knows his city, and he cares for it's later survival along the way.
Speaking of survival, survival! That's what both Gotham and Bruce Wayne have to endure in the second act of the journey. Act two is all over the place, however, and it's because too many primary characters don't have much to do besides watch the mindless destruction of their city. Bane's master plan is a stupid one: keep Batman alive, supposedly torture him throughout the movie (plus give him a seemingly endless number of opportunities to escape), and blow Gotham to pieces (while still being present in the city itself to watch the fireworks)? Sounds pretty stupid, and it is. Bane makes nothing but a good henchman character in the last act of the movie, this is, unfortunately, where the film could have really benefitted from having a surprise villain reappear (maybe Two-Face or Scarecrow, as Cillian Murphy even returned as a man with only two choices to give as the new voice of law).
Having bought into the hype again for another Batman film, I expected this one to surprise me even more than The Dark Knight did. With that film, they surprised me by having Two-Face make an appearance in the final act and it was actually a very effective sequence (despite the fact that I didn't really buy into Harvey's new, sudden motivation to punish his colleague and friend Jim Gordon, a man who at least tried his best to save both him and Rachel). This film didn't seem to take anybody by surprise like the last film did, despite a thing or two, never was there any real edge of your seat moment that make you want to jump in fright; much like the last round at the movies with this franchise. The Dark Knight was very much like a horror movie at certain points, this film is more straight-forward and to the point, which makes it work more in it's favor.
The Dark Knight Rises may have a handful of plot holes, a far less memorable villain than The Joker, and an ending that leaves much to be desired (which we may/will unfortunately never see built upon in the future), but it's still a great Batman movie. Dialogue is especially powerful, the best scene in the film, by far, is the first fight sequence between Bane and Batman, which lasts a good solid 10 or so minutes; quite possibly the best fight scene in any comic-book movie period. In the scene, Bane explains to Batman at one point that he was born in the darkness, while Batman had only been adopted to it, even though Bane is a far less memorable villain than The Joker, at least he has some interesting things to say and do. The scene ends with a good old iconic Batman moment that is sure to please any long-time Batfan. All-in-all, while there are many problems to be had, it's still better than The Dark Knight, just not quite as good as Batman Begins, and it makes for a fun journey to the movies.
Moviegoers today live in the Age of the Franchise. For better or worse, these serialized films are the heartbeat of modern cinema. The smart money says dust off an 80s classic or frantically push the latest tween book series into production. And Hollywood has committed this sin time after time, affirming its right to strangle every last ounce of life from its defenseless properties.
The sad news is that we will pay them to do it. We won't leave well enough alone. We won't trust our imaginations to fill in where the story leaves off. And the franchises that recognize the insanity of our insatiable lust are the ones destined to succeed. When they FINISH their story they obtain the highest accolade, glorious acclaim worth far more than the earnings of a dozen sequels: that of legacy.
Because all the best stories...end.
Legacy has eluded or enveloped contenders for decades: "Star Wars" left its mark on cinema and our hearts, no matter the quality of its successors. But "Jurassic Park" tends to blend into its less-deserving installments; the original blockbuster is remembered, but difficult to consider without wandering down the clumsy road taken by the sequels. "Pirates of the Caribbean" continues to limp along into obsolescence, burying the charisma and energy of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" as the mediocre follow-ups pile up. But "Back to the Future", no matter the demand, has remained resolute in its willingness to give its characters and plot a definitive end.
Legacy eludes most franchises these days, which is what makes "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012) especially noteworthy. Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman story is either well-loved or well-hated, depending on who has the floor. Yet what matters most, especially to Nolan, is that it is well-rounded. This film brings The Dark Knight Trilogy to its logical and fully fleshed-out end, closing the loop that opened with "Batman Begins" (2005). It cements the legacy of a franchise that set a new standard for reboots and the bar so high for sequels that no one has toppled "The Dark Knight" (2008), even seven years and a couple dozen superhero movies later.
The beauty of "The Dark Knight Rises" is how it returns to the themes that made the original entry so fascinating - and then turns them on their head, namely with the concept of fear. While "Batman Begins" detailed a hero born of fear, conquering and channelling its strength, "Rises" points out that in becoming fear, Bruce Wayne lost himself, lost the terror that drove him to become the caped crusader. Fear, we learn, needs to be stewarded and valued - fear governs and protects. And yet Bruce has become so powerful and confident as a warrior that he has neglected his boundaries, ignoring Alfred's warning and charging back into battle with misplaced arrogance. Bruce thinks he has nothing to lose and sees that as strength, but Alfred realizes that without the fear of death Batman - and ultimately Gotham - is doomed to fall.
Batman's eventual defeat is brutal and heartbreaking. This scene deserves a spot next to the Joker interrogation sequence in "The Dark Knight": Bane snatches the Batman from the shadows and calmly pulls the hero's psyche apart. Every blow is delivered devoid of Hans Zimmer's score, to great effect. It's the first time in the series that we see the hero truly fail, finally bested by this physical terror. Bane compensates for his lack of Joker-like charisma with the startling knowledge that he knows Bruce Wayne in every facet of his existence. He sees to the heart of Batman and destroys the legend by not only breaking his body but also ripping away his hope.
Hope, the flip-side of fear, is the precious commodity that Gotham clings to under the tyranny of Bane. Without its protector, Gotham is forced to mature and stand up for itself. Throughout the trilogy the city has been inspired to reject its underworld, to overcome their own shortcomings, to follow the example that the symbol of Batman has modeled. "The Dark Knight Rises" satisfies by allowing Batman to accomplish his ultimate mission: provoke his people to the point where they don't need him anymore.
As Bruce heals in his imprisonment, he learns that he will never escape without reclaiming the fear which molded him in "Batman Begins". A bearded and imprisoned Bruce Wayne, along with the surge of bats accompanying his triumphant scaling of the prison's walls, also hearkens back to the first film with comforting familiarity. The circle is finally completed when he ascends a pit in a shot intent on mirroring young Bruce's view from the bottom of the well in "Begins".
Batman's return gives Gotham the final push it needs to stage a thundering revolution against Bane and his mercenaries. The police, no longer under the thumb of monsters like Carmine Falcone and the Joker, finally look their foe in the eye and charge into battle with Zimmer's intense, pounding score at their backs. In doing so, they free themselves both of the terrors that plagued their city and their reliance on a vigilante to do their fighting for them.
With the war won and Gotham redeemed, the city - and Bruce - no longer needs Batman. Nolan is so skilled in his craft that he delivers a death scene which somehow manages to keep its hero intact while still establishing a sense of loss. Batman dies, and Bruce Wayne, for the first time in decades, lives. He is free to lead a life unburdened, the symbol that he immortalized now safely in the hands of Robin Blake. As the movie ends, the new Dark Knight rises into the Batcave, ensuring the embodiment of Batman and perpetually propelling Gotham to stand up for itself.
The Dark Knight Trilogy is the first true, each-chapter-a-success trilogy since the original Star Wars saga. Its story follows a logical arc that takes its protagonist on a powerful journey of self-discovery and achievement. Few movie series provide such insightful commentary into the human condition, and few achieve what Nolan has with this legendary franchise: the impact of legacy.
It has been eight years since Batman has been seen in the city of Gotham. This is due to Harvey Dents murder, while Gotham has found a time of peace. The peace does not exist for too long before Gotham has found a new enemy-Bane. He is a former member of the league of shadows and plans to fulfill the destiny he has always been meant to do, destroy Gotham. The home of Bruce Wayne has been rebuilt so he rarely ever leaves the house. After hearing about Bane, Batman is forced to come out of retirement and try to save the city that he calls home. Bruce is now going to face his fears, yet again, to defend the city he loves.
Throughout this movie Bruce Wayne struggles with fear in himself. He first struggles with making an appearance as Batman again because he does not want to fail or get hurt. Putting on his suit would mean having to go out into the real world again and possibly face defeat. Batman endured many struggles and obstacles throughout the variation of dealing with Harvey Dent and the Joker. Those struggles are preventing him from wanting to go out in the world again and do his job of protecting the city. He was defeated and hurt, which put him at risk of never being able to help his city ever again; this made the fear of loosing his city even stronger. While this fear originally prevents Bruce from getting back out there it eventually motivates him to fight back. He could not deal with the enemy destroying Gotham while he stays back because of his fear of hurting. Bruce has to gain back the strength he had before, which was not an easy task. All of the gadgets he had before are non-existing now, so he is starting fresh. The first time he met Bane was in his layer. Batman was beaten and ended up awakening in a brutal prison that is known to have no escapers. During this fight Bane finds out that Bruce Wayne is Batman, which is a huge secret to the city of Gotham.
This prison is the breaking point for Batman. While he is in the prison, he faces the fear of failure again. He seems to always see bats whenever he is thinking about his home and that he is letting the fear control his ability to escape the prison. Bane decides to put Batman in a cell with a television that shows all of the terrible things that he is doing to Gotham throughout the time Bruce is in prison. Having his city being destroyed little by little, day by day, is what brings back the flashbacks of Bruce?s childhood fear of bats. Bane strategically did that to make Batman feel weak and to have that fear overwhelm him to the point where he thinks there is nothing he can ever do to help. That prison Bruce is put into after being defeated by Bane is all about the fear you have from within yourself. The point in this prison is to overcome that fear, hence why Bruce was never able to escape until he jumped to the top with no rock, facing the a possible death by missing the handle to that rock. While in this prison Bruce has a mentor that takes care of his wounds and hurt soul. He helps get Bruce back into shape and tells him the stories of the ancient prison he is trapped in. This mentor has an important role in getting Bruce back into good condition. He motivates him to regain his physical strength by fixing his injuries and motivates him mentally by showing him the many people who have failed to escape this prison. The stories of these people are much worse than Bruce?s. He realized from hearing these stories that he is going to have to overcome this fear of defeat and get out, or he will never be able to forgive himself. We later find out in the movie that Miranda, the new owner of Wayne Enterprises, grew up in that prison with Bane and has been telling a lie this whole time. She had grown up in tragic times and had no other choice but to get out of the prison by letting go of her fear of dying and making the scary jump. She was the only one besides Bruce to ever make it out of the prison alive.
This was a great movie about overcoming obstacles and facing what you never want to face. The Batman costume itself symbolizes facing your biggest fear. During the first Batman movie Bruce chooses the Bat to represent himself. He chooses this animal because of his tragic childhood memory of falling into a well and loosing both of his parents. The bat symbolizes fear for Bruce and how he over came it. He lost touch with himself for a little during this movie, but with the help of certain characters he was able to regain his confidence and he eventually defeated Bane and Miranda. This movie will forever be one of my favorites. With all of the special affects and having a great storyline to back up the effects makes for a great movie. The only problem I could say I have with this film is that they didn?t make a follow up movie about Robin and Batman. There is a character named Blake that helps Batman throughout the entire movie. He believes in Batman when no one else does and helps him overcome the threat of Bane and Miranda. At the end of the movie we find out that his real name is Robin and it seems like Marvel is going to make a movie about this opening to a great story they just created and they never do. Batman and Robin would make for another great tale about overcoming fear just as ?The Dark Knight Rises? has done.
Bruce Wayne, who has been living in the shadows for years, lacking the passion that drove him to be the Batman, is finally forced back into action when Gotham is once again threatened. Unlike Batman who adapted to darkness, his new enemy, Bane is one that was born into it. Bane is surrounded by black and plans to bring all that murkiness to the Batman and his Gotham city. As Bane says when he and Batman are fighting, "You think darkness is your ally. You merely adopted the dark, I was born in it, molded by it." Bane is a man that never saw light. He was born in a prison. Bane brings Bruce to his home as a kid, a place where it is nearly impossible to escape, a bottomless pit, where every man looks up into the light and imagines climbing to freedom, looking so simple, but many have men died trying to do so. Bane plans to spread his destruction to the city of Gotham and have Bruce watch, as the city he always protected falls to darkness. At the end of the film when you see Batman fighting Bane in the day time indicates that, Batman has overcome his darkness and has found himself once again.
You see the darkness in this film as almost every scene is taken at the darkest times of night or in the deepest shadows of the day. Every move the people of the city make to try and fight back happens in the shadows or at night when they can almost go unseen. Whether it be, the police in the dark tunnels hunting for the criminals, or Bruce Wayne in the dark abyss will little hope for survival. Every scene and all the lighting always has a purpose, in every film. The darkness in the film represents fear and pain. In the beginning Bruce Wayne is hiding away for eight years in his mansion in agony, from all the fighting and both the physical and mental injuries suffered over the years. When he brings back the Batman he fears he may not be able to stop Bane. He fears that Gotham will fall. He says, "I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there's no one there to save it." This pushing him to fight and find himself onces again. When the new, reborn batman comes back to Gotham, you see that the darkness that once clouded Batman is no longer there and he fighting, not because of fear and pain but for the city of Gotham and all the people in it.
Almost every scene in this film has a little hint of darkness to it. Even if the scene is during the day it looks darker than it normally should. During the scene when Bane and Batman are fighting for the first time, when the two are introduced, it is almost completely dark but when the camera goes onto Bane there is a bright light behind Bane almost as if it's saying he is embracing his darkness and thinks that he is the all powerful ruler. Batman appears in a really dark shadow as if he is scared and he is still trying to hide his identity. Batman is stuck in this darkness until he finds his true self, and once he does that he then will see the light and will do what must be done. As the movie gets to the ending and the new batman, with a new way of thinking, is back, you see a change in the scene lighting. You see the scenes start to get lighter and not just because the battle is fought during the day. But because batman has found himself and the light he needed to rid himself of all of his darkness.
Watch the film again and after reading this you will notice how every scene if though it may be during the day is gloomy or gray as if it is night and you can just feel the darkness all over. I really think Christopher Nolan really outdid himself with The Dark Knight Rises. He left the door wide open for another movie. Although he left some plot holes in the film, he managed to challenge every other director to make their movies just as exciting and to make the viewers beg for another action packed movie. A movie with hidden meanings, and a lot of things that can be analyzed in many ways. Christopher Nolan will be a name always remembered for the creation of these films.
Brilliant film. Upper heading Director from Christopher Nolan makes really dark films. Like for The Headline of it seems original and have a lot of great Voice talents from Bane: Tom Hardy. He is the best on this one.
and the dialog is superb and won a lot of money,
This movie can make you Pay attention to nearly all of it.
Christian bale is good playing batman.