Dave's Review of The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises(2012)
With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan provides a brilliant conclusion to his Batman trilogy. As well as a fitting ending for Nolan's Batman, DKR also gives audiences something that's never been done in superhero movie history, a real ending and conclusion for a titular character. This is Nolan's swansong to his incarnation of Batman and the finale is an emotionally charged powerhouse of a movie.
Bale makes his Bruce Wayne a complex and broken man while Sir Michael Caine really pulls on the heartstrings in every one of his scenes. Thomas Hardy's Bane is terrifying and the actor's performance is arguably on a par with that of the late Heath Ledger's Joker. Hardy's Bane is a different kind of villain to Ledger's Joker. Both are cerebral terrorists, villains who manipulate their victims to gain control and incite chaos. But Bane's real power and threat to our caped crusader is in his strength. This is character Batman cannot beat. And when it comes to the showdown between these two, it gets nasty.
Anne Hathaway puts in a performance that is equally sexy and funny and her Selina Kyle is a fantastic character. So too is Joseph Gordon Levitt's honest rookie cop. The action is top notch, the drama sizzles and the laughs come in when you need them.
Batman fans get a real treat with this movie. It is the most zany and comic book like of Nolan's trilogy, but it never goes too far. Nolan stays true to his own more realistic and serious incarnation of the character, a style very much at odds with DC creator Bob Kane's original campy Batman. But Nolan also treats his extensive source material with respect, playing tribute to fans' desires and really bringing out an excellent ode to the Batman mythology.
The film has its flaws. It's very long, it drags a little in the middle and its not as fluid a film as the Dark Knight. But then again, it's Nolan's goodbye to Batman and it's nice that the final outing is one that does last a long time and will stay with you long after it's finished.