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.
Although 2005's Batman's Begin's was a relative box office hit, it's follow up the 2008's The Dark Knight 's became that years most anticipated film , in 2012 some 4 years later understandably the wait for the final part of Nolan's Batman trilogy is palpable. After TDK grossing over a billion dollars worldwide and receiving reviews rarely given to big budget blockbusters Nolan had set himself a monumental task to follow this phenomenon up. I guess it depends where you sit if the origin first film was more to your liking than the hugely ambitious sequel then maybe you'll feel Nolan has topped The Dark Knight although this viewer feels that he has fallen slightly short of that film.
What Nolan must be commended for his is his ability to weave all three films together to create a cohesive and compelling saga, Rises without doubt the most epic of the trilogy and rightly brings to a epic close which may or may not satisfy viewers.
"A Fitting End to The Dark Knight Trilogy"