The Dark Knight Rises Reviews
November 30, 2014
Ella Enchanted kicks ass! Tom Hardy may or may not be playing an alternative, S&M-inspired version of Darth Vader! And Christian Bale once again interprets Batman as voiced by McGruff the Crime Dog.
November 14, 2013
tom hardy did a great Performance, so as everyone in the cast. it was something that i wasn't Expecting at all, Spoiler alert John blake as Robin?, that was Great
November 30, 2014
Probably the worst Batman film of all time. This film ignores previous films setting up the use of Batman's cape to glide, his ability to hide in shadows, his tools, like Batarangs, etc. It's like Nolan created three films with three different aspects of Batman. The majority of the film revolves around other characters and Bruce outside of the suit, and Batman forgets every bit of his training. With Ra's Al Ghul's body disappearing in the first film, he should have reappeared in the finale, and been the main villain. That would have fixed everything. It's as if they set it up for that, but Liam Neeson's busy schedule required them to rewrite the film at the last minute. Poor story telling, "Selena, don't use guns to kill. Here, take this bike armed with guns, those things that I don't use, and try not to kill anyone with them." "Bruce, I know I've been like a father to you all your life, and I'll never leave your side, but I have a career here, so I'm leaving this film so I don't taint myself by having been a part of it." I mean, Gordon was a cop for how long? How can Bruce have been the ONLY kid he comforted by putting a coat around his shoulders? And Blake. His real name's Robin? What a lame copout to not putting Robin in the films. And Bruce hands him the keys to the kingdom, minus the funding for the tools and replacement suits, the years of training... He basically just begs for Blake to kill himself. What a disgrace to the franchise. Good thing DC decided to go with Affleck. Now we might get Daredevil. A clear improvement from The Dark Knight Rises.
September 16, 2014
This movie is masterfully directed, acted, and written. Truly magnificent.
January 5, 2012
Many are calling the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy the darkest and grimmest of the lot. I could not disagree more. If anything this is the "lightest" of the trilogy. I mean this both literally and figuratively, as most of Batman's limited screen-time is in broad daylight. I find this fascinating; Batman hardly ever appears during the day in the comics, and this is most likely the first time he has done so in film since Adam West last wore the cowl over 40 years ago.
In the figurative sense, "The Dark Knight Rises" is rather different from its predecessors as well. In both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" it felt as if there was no hope; as a viewer I knew that the films wouldn't have happy endings. I never got that feeling while watching "The Dark Knight Rises", and it did take away some of the tension and suspense. However, the film makes up for it with a grander scale and more epic story than the two previous films. I will end my review here, as I don't want to say anything that could potentially spoil the film for the unfortunate people who have yet to view it.
July 21, 2012
"Rises" has the energy, emotion, enthusiasm, action. Added to that are masterclass performances by the whole cast and undoubtedly brilliant direction by Nolan, who not only lives up to hype and speculation but blasts his way past his own achievements. Definitely the best superhero movie with true realism and undoubtedly for me, stands way above Spiderman and also The Avengers
April 7, 2013
A long movie to be sure but very satisfying. This end to the Batman trilogy has great action sequences and hardcore drama. Strong performances across the board. A few flaws in the flow of the story and mistakes in writing as all films do. This final chapter puts the dark in Dark Knight.
November 29, 2014
it dragged a bit but for the most part it was a excellent movie. i didn't like the choice for cat women. next time can they get someone with a little more body on her. cat women in costume is suppose to stand out this one not so much
November 27, 2014
favorite movie of all time
January 24, 2011
As the final piece of the trilogy, it is a good movie. However, as a stand alone movie it is just ok. This movie succeeds in its ability to tie into its predecessors creating a bigger story but it fails in its convenience. Somewhere along the lines, perhaps on Nolan's part (I certainly hope not) or perhaps on part of the studio forcing its accessability to all audiences (likely) this movie just takes the easy way far too often. It has the pieces in place to separate itself from other superhero movies as the first two did, however it veers to simplicity which makes things cheezy. Overall, Bane was a good villain, though a bit underwhelming in terms of the potential he had as a villain based on the source material. A little more brilliance and deception would have made him a much stronger villain as opposed to the simple pawn that the ending makes him out to be. In the end, all things considered this is a good movie that provides an acceptable amount of entertainment.
November 21, 2014
The worst film of the dark knight trilogy
November 25, 2014
As a huge Bat fan, this offended me on so many levels. Loved the other two in the series!
November 24, 2014
While the film is ambitious to follow the steps of the masterpiece that was the dark knight it just doesn't ignite the way it should of been. It's rare for plot holes to be so bad it's hard to enjoy the films premise but this is a clear example. Everything from travelling halfway across the world without explanation to mending a broken back without medical assistance becomes ridiculous and absurd.
November 23, 2014
slideshow with action slideshow, this is not how movies are made
November 21, 2014
Dark, gripping and always compelling. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is a great finisher to a great trilogy. Hathaway is riveting as Catwoman, Hardy is terrific as Bane and Bale is of course, brilliant as Batman. Among the very good supporting performances are Joseph Gordon Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and a cameo by Liam Neeson. Overall The Dark Knight Rises is one of the best films of 2012.
March 16, 2013
Christopher Nolan's final Batman film comes full circle and completes a fascinating (but thoroughly messy) thematic cycle. The story suffers a great deal from overreach in scope as well as some seriously creaky editing, and the final act specifically feels like it needed at least an extra hour to fully land dramatically (It's one example where the new Hollywood trend of breaking a film into "part one" and "part two" could have been an incredible benefit).
Regardless, while many of the narrative elements fall apart from a logical standpoint, and it-- like all of Nolan's films-- is largely hampered by the director's continuing obsession with characters delivering torrents of clunky exposition, there's much that resonates on a symbolic level. The cast is uniformly strong too (Christian Bale's Bat-voice notwithstanding) with Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Leavitt delivering two solid performances in a film that is interestingly and enjoyably more ensemble-based than I would have ever expected.
Tom Hardy steals the show, though; his singularly oddball performance as Bane is utterly strange, full of presence and menace with just a hint of offbeat humor, and while it would be impossible (and unwise) for anyone to try and show up or "out do" Ledger's masterful turn in "The Dark Knight", Hardy absolutely succeeds in being equally memorable and enjoyable for entirely different reasons (even if the character never comes close to matching the resonating elemental personification of chaotic evil of the Joker).
When the movie fails, it fails big, with heavy-handed Dickens-referencing speeches and eye-rolling metaphorical imagery. Still, there are enough successful sequences (particularly the brutal brawl between Batman and Bane within the sewer compound with only the sound of bone-crunching punches to serve as soundtrack) that make the whole thing work, and ultimately I sort of admire the broad tenacity of the films messages of revolution, rebirth, and the endurance of hope.
January 29, 2012
Every now and then, a sequel that surpasses the original in every single way appears, like "The Godfather Part II", "Aliens" and "The Empire Strikes Back" but sadly each of their follow-up were a disappointment as the quality of each franchise decreased from that point on. "The Dark Knight" managed to be part of this list phenomenal sequels, so Christopher Nolan had the extremely difficult task of making a worthy follow-up to the greatest superhero film of all and to provide a worthy villain who could be at Heat Ledger´s "Joker" level of quality. Did Nolan accomplish this almost impossible task?
Eight years after the events of "The Dark Knight", Batman has disappeared and Bruce Wayne has become a recluse because organized crime has been eradicated thanks to the "Dent Act". Eventually this peaceful time will be disrupted by a new criminal who calls himself "Bane", who promises to save Gotham City.
With expectations extremely high, Nolan decided that the "Knightfall" storyline would be the perfect way to end this more than memorable trilogy, this seemed to be the right idea but sadly, its execution wasn't as great as it was expected. "The Dark Knight Rises" counts with a lot of great elements: The cast delivers amazing performances, the visuals are memorable, a good story, Hans Zimmer´s score is easily the best of the trilogy, it merges "The Dark Knight" modern style with "Batman Begins" haunting atmosphere in greatly executed way, Anne Hathaway´s "Catwoman" surprises the audience by giving a pretty solid performance, Tom Hardy´s "Bane" may not be as great as Ledger´s "Joker" (mainly because of the fact that characters have opposite personalities) but still is one of the most memorable villains in any superhero film thanks to his charisma, action moments and dialog, it has a tremendous and exciting climax, it has an exciting and even inspiring feel to it, impressive scenes and Pfister´s cinematography continues to be impeccable. However, despite all that, "The Dark Knight Rises" is far from being the epic conclusion we were hoping it was thanks to more than a handful of problems. The pacing at the beginning hurts the experience, the addition of comicbooky elements to the film's "modern" style comes out of nowhere and creates a hard to believe second act, while the story is good it is unnecessary complex, Nolan´s trademark themes are more than heavy-handed, Nolan´s direction feels like autopilot, there are way too many new characters that doesn't really do anything, some of the "old" characters are almost useless and the overall film is very predictable. But even with these big problems, "The Dark Knight Rises" manages to fulfill its main objective: Be an epic, memorable, exciting and worthy finale to one of the best trilogies in the history of cinema.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is undeniably the weakest film of the Nolan Batman Trilogy, and it even is one of Nolan´s worst films, but it still is an epic finale to an epic trilogy. It is a big disappointment but still is a great film.
November 12, 2014
The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's masterful Dark Knight Trilogy is a majestic, breathtaking and affecting cinematic triumph.
November 15, 2014
Ok, I would like to suggest to re-watch Batman Begins and The Dark Knight before watching this. Just to remove all doubts on the confusion of the film. Now to the 3rd part of the trilogy. I might say that this has that same Nolan type of execution in terms of his film making. I watch all of his films and yet you knew that this one should be a nail biter from the part that Nolan is a "Suspense master". Now people argue, how come this is the most boring of all in The Dark Knight franchise. I would probably say not boring at all, I mean, if you follow the whole story and listen carefully to the dialogues. The story is pretty much well written, but then this is weaker than I thought. From the epic and very suspenseful prequel. Then it came back from the story where The League of Shadows wants to have its revenge. Yeah, it has like the saddest parts where Bruce Wayne is broke, Alfred just leaves him because of his stubbornness and Bane imprisoned him and wants to use the Wayne Enterprises for his so called plans ( though I'm not going to spoil the latter part ). Yeah, it is very well made, but it is not interesting IMO. Bane as a villain is a much more aggressive compared to Joker where Joker is much more clever and use different tactics. Thus Bane wants to finish and like turn everything to pieces as he wants Batman to suffer and see through all of these as the city of Gotham is on its knees. It's like the end of Gotham compared to Joker's genius approach on how to convince everyone on his intentions. And that's why I think The Dark Knight has more depth, more dramatic and the dark elements of that film is just pure masterpiece. This Dark Knight Rises is pretty watchable the fact it is obviously a well made Nolan film. Watching it on Blu-ray is amazing. Switching from the normal aspect ratio to the superb quality of the IMAX aspect ratio. Batman will be the most beloved superhero we had for a very long time. As much as I want another Nolan's Batman in the future. I'm pretty sure nobody does it better than Nolan. Tremendous actors, but at some point, I see some familiar faces wanting to fit in for a Nolan film just to be recognized I guess. Superbly recommended and a must watch. 4 out of 5 stars.