Matt's Review of The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises(2012)
There are few things I enjoy more than a well told story. That's why I shed a few tears- not tears from a sad scene or a character's death, necessarily, but tears of joy- by the time the credits rolled on this conclusion to the "Dark Knight" trilogy. With the "The Dark Knight Rises," the most accomplished director of our generation weaves a tale so ambitious, so brilliant, and so ripe with emotional depth, that I couldn't help but a shed a tear from shear satisfaction at a masterfully well-told story that concludes one of the greatest film trilogies of all time.
The main villain of "Rises" may not be as compelling or horrific as Heath Ledger's Joker (really, who could match that?), but the story here is richer, deeper. "Avenger's" fanboys should take note: This is how a superhero movie is made. Cinematically breathtaking, complex narratively, and full of heartfelt character studies. It easily mixes fresh new faces into the story with the old familiar ones, and is not a movie that aims to play it safe- it goes for broke; and pulls it off. Moments of poignant dialogue bursting with emotional resonance are paired right next to explosion-filled action pieces.
Sure, some cynics may find things to pick at in TDKR. But those are the same people that complain that "Star Wars" isn't a perfect film because lightsabers aren't realistic technology, or that "The Godfather" isn't the masterpiece that it is because Marlon Brando's cheeks were too big. Simply, "The Dark Knight Rises" is a thrilling and profound modern masterpiece on par with its predecessor, a satisfying and bittersweet farewell to the most heroic superhero of them all; the Batman.