As this was my most anticipated movie of 2012, I will give a longer review.
When the film entered production, some of the things popping up online made me fear that it would be a giant "swing and a miss" (Catwoman's costume, Bane's voice, to name a few). And after reading rumors and spoilers (though I kept telling myself to not), I couldn't tell between which ones were bologna and which ones were spot-on. Until finally watching it, I realized some were true, but most were fake or not quite correct. I was happy about that.
-The Batwing: it fit so perfectly in this universe and moved so swiftly.
-The casting and performances: Putting together such a cast of talent in a superhero film? Only Chris Nolan would do that.
-Bane breaking Batman's back: I didn't think it would happen, because Tom Hardy is shorter than Christian Bale, but it looked GOOD on screen.
-The music: Hans Zimmer did AWESOME. The chant was great, but my favorite part was when Alfred sees Bruce at the cafe and the music just thunders and the audience claps.
-Happy Ending: I didn't want to see Batman die. He did, but Bruce made it out alive and is happy.
-The Plot: It was well thought out and fitting, though I hoped to see Bane acting alone and making it his terror and not connect with Talia al Ghul and the LOS. Sort of how Joker and Two-Face had nothing really to do with that.
-Gordon, Alfred, and Lucius made it out alive. I seriously thought at least one of them wouldn't make it, but they all did.
-Catwoman's outfit: Anne Hathaway was a stand-out and did terrific, but I still would have liked to see a cowl, whip, and claws too.
-Bane's voice: It was definitely cleared up, but I think their were times when the music was playing in the background as he talked and all I heard was "Blahblahblahblahblah."
-Robin: This was is the thing that kept me from awarding a 100%...I just thought it was put in to please the mainstream, non-die-hard comic book fans. My Robin is Dick Grayson, and having Robin John Blake in here just made it...cheesy.
That being said...I am happy it ended the trilogy on a high note and didn't follow the third movie curse.