And here we go.
Here it is, the biggest movie of the year. The movie I've been excited about for four years now. The one everybody is talking about, "The Dark Knight Rises". Short version: better than "Batman Begins", not as good as "The Dark Knight", great ending to the trilogy, really awesome. Long version...
So yeah, I've been pumped for this forever. "The Dark Knight" is one of my favorite movies ever and I actually re-watched the first two entries in the series before going to see this one. This one felt huge. Everything is on such a massive scale, from the drama, to the plot, to the action, to the stakes, to the villain. I guess I should break this all down.
The plot and story were very good. It drags a little in the beginning, but it picks up and raises the stakes by the end. Lots of serious issues being discussed, especially the whole idea of "class warfare", which is very topical in the world we live in today.
The action was off the charts. This is by far the most action-focused movie of the three with lots of fighting, chases, explosions and destruction. It's fitting that such a huge series like this gets a giant climactic finale.
As for the new characters, they were hit-or-miss. John Blake is a very cool character that adds a lot to the story, but I felt a bit underwhelmed by how Miranda Tate was handled. Selina Kyle turned out alright. She's interesting and cool and all, but I felt a bit disappointed. I don't really know why, it's just a feeling I get.
The stand-out, besides the always incredible Christian Bale as Batman, is Tom Hardy as Bane. While not as iconic or electric as the Joker, I still found Bane to be a great villain. I actually found him just as scary as the Joker, because the plans Bane is carrying out look and feel like events taking place right now. To top it off, he sounds awesome and his hand-to-hand fight scenes with Batman are the highlight of the movie for me, besides the incredible ending.
When I got done watching "Batman Begins", I thought it was a good superhero movie and wanted to see more. After "The Dark Knight", I was completely speechless and felt something I've only felt in a handful of my favorite movies. "The Dark Knight Rises" left me somewhere in-between the two. It isn't as revolutionary or defining as "The Dark Knight", but it offers a lot more than most other action or superhero movies. This film gets an extremely strong recommendation from me and I implore you to watch this whole series if you haven't already. I'm glad that this is the way it ended.