Be Kind, Review: The Dark Knight Rises
When Christopher Nolan took over the Batman movie franchise he set out to do one thing, tell the story of Bruce Wayne his way. This story telling excursion would last over three films which includes the one we’re reviewing today. We’ve seen Batman Begin, we’ve witnessed The Dark Knight and we are now seeing The Dark Knight Rise. It’s time to hand down final judgement on the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and tell you if you should spend your money on a ticket to see it. Also, if you don’t like spoilers….you probably shouldn’t read pass this point, there might be some.
As I mentioned in the paragraph above, Nolan set out to tell Bruce Wayne’s story in a completely different way than in previous Batman films. We’ve been lead on a wild ride from his training up to Batman becoming the hunted. In The Dark Knight Rises, we see a more…human side to Bruce Wayne where it seems like his world is crashing down upon him. However, the one thing he was trying to stay away from, he can’t. He’s pulled back in once again to wear the bat suit and fight the unnecessary evil that is Bane. Christopher Nolan has been known to tell a darker story, that’s what he continued the achieve in this movie. Seeing Bruce Wayne (Played by Christian Bale) suffer for once was refreshing. It was better than seeing him throw around money and live in the lap of luxury.
While Christian Bale did a good job as Bruce Wayne/Batman (as always), you might be surprised to hear that I thought Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy fulfilled their roles as well. I know there were some fears surrounding Nolan’s casting of Hathaway as Catwoman, but to be honest…it was a good choice. She fit the role very well and even had some quick wit with some of her lines. Tom Hardy as Bane was also a good choice. However, I have to bring up how similar Bane and John Laurinaitis are. During the film, Bane always talks about THE PEOPLE. Giving Gotham back to THE PEOPLE, for some reason I kept hearing “PEOPLE POWER” in the back of my head. Minus that awkward thought, Tom Hardy as Bane was enjoyable to watch. Also, why did Bane sound like he was in an infinite state of drowning, gargling, etc. While there were moments you could clearly understand him, but there were also times where you couldn’t understand the slightest word he said.
The Dark Knight Rises was a good film and Christopher Nolan made sure that the final installment of his trilogy was perfect. Watching this and seeing everything from Bruce Wayne getting his back broken, to the rise of a young detective (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), to Bruce’s own butler Alfred giving him an ultimatum. The story captures you, takes you on a ride and then wipes your forehead off of the sweat that gathered from an intense ride. If you are a Batman fan, go see this movie. If you like Christopher Nolan’s work, go see this movie. If you like action films, go…well you get the idea by now. It’s a must see for everyone and it would be a crime if you didn’t see this movie before all of the Oscar buzz started.