In 2005, director/writer Christopher Nolan brought us Batman Begins, which was excellent in every single way to me. In 2008 Nolan returns with The Dark Knight, which was a masterpiece, everything about that was just perfect and when it ends you're just left there wanting the next Batman film. Just like many other people I've been waiting and waiting for the next Batman film, and then they announced The Dark Knight Rises. When they announced The Dark Knight Rises I was just more than excited, this was quite possibly the most excited I've ever been for a movie. When tickets came out I immediately bought them, the ticket was to see the whole Dark Knight Trilogy. Opening day I got to the theater as earlier as could and waited, after the first two films were played (still excellent) I just got numb from all the excitement I had and when it started I was just pulled in, which really wasn't a shocker. This movie does not disappoint at all and is the perfect conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises has it all, story, character you care about, great writing, fantastic directing, awesome action sequences, its all here in this movie. The problem with a series of movies is if there all fantastic it's hard to choose one over the other, to be honest I cannot pick one Nolan Batman movie the other because there all spectacular, which creates one of the best trilogies ever made and in my mind the best trilogy since the original Star War trilogy.
It has been eight years since the Batman has taken the fall for Harvey Dent's murders, since then things in Gotham have been peaceful with most of the criminals in Blackgate prison. As things are going well for the city it is not going well Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) and Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman). After he took the fall for Dent's murders, Bruce Wayne gave up being Batman and hung up his cape and cowl. From there on out he becomes a mess, never leaves his house, is losing a lot of his money, and even has to walk with a cane because of a bad leg. As for Gordon he's been debating to himself weather he should tell Gotham the truth about Dent or just keep the peace in Gotham. Gotham is a peaceful place now and the worst thing that's going on is a cat burglar running around stealing, this cat burglar is Selina Kyle (played by Anne Hathaway). But, this will all change very soon as a new force comes to Gotham; this force is Bane (played by Tom Hardy) and his army. Bane is just turning Gotham City into a war zone and the worst villain Gotham's ever had to face. With Bane destroying the city this causes Bruce Wayne to become the Batman again, but is Bane too much for him? This is the first villain Batman's faced that's stronger than him and one that is possibly smarter than him as well. Will Batman be able to stop Bane from destroying Gotham or will Bane destroy him and Gotham? If Batman wants to win this war he'll need the help from Selina Kyle, Jim Gordon, Lucius Fox (played by Morgan Freeman), the new rookie cop John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and have his butler right at his side, Alfred (played by Michael Caine).
Every trilogy has to have a great ending or it just makes the series looks silly. I had hoped The Dark Knight Rises would be a fantastic ending, but it wasn't a fantastic ending, it was a spectacular ending that ended the trilogy perfectly. From the start of the movie (which is a spectacular action scene) to the end of the movie I was so in to the movie. Now this movie is two hours and forty-five minutes so that's plenty of time to tell a great story and it does. This movie's story is just so amazing because at this point you care for characters and it tells such an interesting story. The first two movies told great stories and what worked about them is that they made it realistic by using the mob and all that but this time it's all about terrorism. Bane is destroying Gotham City by blowing everything up and attacking Gotham's stock exchange so it really feels as if were like 9/11. Anyways the story to this movie was just amazing and couldn't have done any better. This movie is filled with many emotional scenes because there have been two movies already so you care for these characters, there were scenes in this movie were I got teary eyed when something tragic happened and many scenes were I was just pumped up and excited because something incredible happened. Without spoiling anything I just want to say that the second half of the movie is very interesting and cool because it doesn't feel like a superhero movie at all. The first half may start out very slow for a few people but I didn't mind it because the story is so interesting, I always wanted to see what Bane had in store and see Bruce Wayne's story. The whole story of Bruce Wayne is great in this movie because so many things happen to him and it all works so well. Another thing that makes this movie so amazing is that there are some twist and turns in the end which were excellent and worked perfect for the story. The last thing I need to mention about the story it's self is the final five minutes to this movie. The final five minutes to this movie is just so spectacular and ends this trilogy in a perfect way, I'll admit I got tears in my eye cause I was sad it all ended. The reason for the story being great is because of Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan's screenplay, without that we wouldn't have any of this. As good as the story is the dialogue is also what makes this movie, some of the dialogue is very emotional, terrifying, and at times clever and funny. Also the characters were all written so well. The way Bruce Wayne's character was written in this movie was just terrific because it's a Bruce Wayne we've never seen on screen before. I also really liked the character of Selina Kyle, I always liked her character in comics, games, TV shows, and all that but I didn't really know what it would be like in a Nolan movie. It turns out her character was written so well that I was just truly amazed. Bane's character is also very well written and as the movie goes on you learn more about him. Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan just do a fantastic job in this movie and ended the trilogy in a perfect way.
Christopher Nolan has done a fantastic job directing this whole trilogy; he has really made a name for himself directing this trilogy. Nolan is one of the best directors out there now and for him to direct this whole trilogy was just amazing. I'm glad he never left because his directing in these movies was just fantastic. Nolan's directing in this movie shines once again; everything in this movie looks so amazing. A couple times in the movie the characters were in the sewers, including a fight sequence between Batman and Bane, and it just looked amazing down there because it was so dark and gritty down there. I also really liked how Gotham City looked when Bane was taking over Gotham because it looked so stranded and helpless which worked perfectly. The action sequences in this movie were also directed very well and looked very realistic. The action in this movie is on a much bigger scale so this packs a lot of action and it's just stunning. The chorography was amazing in this movie was great and made the fight sequences look amazing and very brutal, especially for the fight between Batman and Bane which were awesome scenes. Also have to say that the special effects for this movie were very good. Overall Nolan's directing for these movies was just truly stunning.
The thing that makes these movies is the acting because the actors just become their characters. I had some worries about the acting going into this movie but when the movie ended I was completely satisfied. Christian Bale returns for the third time and to me this has got to be his greatest performance out of all three films. What makes his performances so great is that he becomes his character and in the previous movies he played the playboy version of Bruce Wayne but this time his this depressed Bruce Wayne. Just by looking at Bale in the beginning movie you can feel that this man has seen many things in his life and the way he talks can also make you tell that this man is upset with life. Bruce is changing through the whole movie from being a depressed man to being a man who will do anything to save his city; Bale just does a tremendous job. After all three of these movies Bale truly is Bruce Wayne/Batman to me. Before this movie, everyone was wondering if Tom Hardy would be a better villain than Heath Ledger, well let's just say we shouldn't be comparing them. These are two completely different characters so don't worry about that when you see this movie. Tom Hardy does do a fantastic performance though because it's one of those performances were you have a hard time knowing it's him. Tom Hardy just looked so menacing in this movie because of his strength and his voice is just terrifying. Now when I saw the prologue to this movie when Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol came out I was one of the many people who complained about Bane's voice and how it was hard to hear him, since then they have fixed his voice but at times is still may be a bit hard to hear. The performance that surprised me the most was Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. I was a bit skeptical about her going into the movie but after the first scene she was in I was sold. Her character is really smart, can kick-ass, and really sexy and Anne Hathaway had all that. I just loved seeing her on the screen because she was Selina Kyle, she exactly like the character from the Batman universe. Another newcomer to this series is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays John Blake and is just great like everyone else here. He's a great actor and I was excited when I heard he was casted and overall he gave a great performance. His character had a great story and he just became everything he was supposed to be. Another great actor put to good use in this movie is Marion Cotillard who plays Miranda Tate and gives a very good performance as well. Of course you still have the veterans in this movie, which is Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as Alfred, they all give magnificent performances, which really isn't a surprise. All this actors are phenomenal and is one of the many things that made this trilogy.
The score for the first two movies are two of the greatest scores in cinema history and the score to this movie isn't much different. Each movie the score changes and this score truly is electrifying. Hans Zimmer has done it again!
It's been seven years since Batman Begins first released and brought us hope after Batman and Robin. Since then Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy has become the greatest superhero trilogy and in my mind I think it'll be that way forever. Not only is this movie the best superhero trilogy but one of the greatest trilogies ever made. I loved all these movies and it's going to be hard for me to see the trilogy come to an end but boy was it a damn good conclusion. This movie wraps it up perfectly and after seeing it I know I'll be seeing it many more times in the future. After this Batman trilogy I honestly don't think there will be another Batman series that will be as good as these movies. The Dark Knight Rises is truly a magnificent film with a fantastic story, great writing, awesome action, stunning directing, and an all-star cast who all give phenomenal performances. I don't know if it'll get that much recognition at the Oscars but I do hope it does because it deserves it. If you love Batman you'll love this movie and if you're just a fan of Nolan you will not be disappointed. I think it's safe to say that Batman and Robin is in ashes now.
After what happened in Aurora, Colorado I would like to add that my heart goes out to all those victims, their families, and their loved ones. I wish those who are injuries a good recovery and may those who were killed Rest In Peace.