Movie Review – The Dark Knight Rises

Well, here’s what I’m going to say at the outset: this isn’t a perfect film. It has a few flaws and a few plot elements that don’t make much sense. But while it isn’t a perfect film, it is, in fact, a perfect ending to the Chris Nolan Batman film series.

The movie also does an excellent job of avoiding the three film problem that many super-hero film series seem to have. I’m thinking of works of “art” like X-Men 3, Superman III, Spider-Man 3 and, of course, Batman Forever.

The movie shows us a version of Bruce Wayne who has holed up in his mansion, unseen by the public. Life in Gotham has moved on, and Harvey Dent is held up as a paragon of virtue to the people of Gotham (something that greatly troubles Commissioner Gordon). Aside from a cat burglar named Selina Kyle, all appears to be reasonably well.

And then Bane arrives.

What to say about Bane? His master plan is…well, something I can’t reveal here, as it would really spoil things. It makes sense for him, his past and his character, at least as established in the movie. What follows once his plan starts is a series of crushing defeats for Batman, the city of Gotham under siege and a great many twists and turns that I didn’t even remotely expect. I also didn’t expect that the movie is really more of a sequel to Batman Begins than to The Dark Knight.

Tom Hardy gives an excellent performance as the man with the plan. Also excellent are the returning cast of Christian Bale, Michael Cain and Morgan Freeman, as well as newcomers to the series Joseph Gordon-Leavitt and Marion Cotillard. Nolan does his usual excellent job as a director, and despite some minor plot holes, I really did enjoy this film. I wish that I had more to say about it, but it’s hard to do so without venturing into spoiler territory. So I will simply say that if you liked the previous movies, you’ll probably like this one, and if you didn’t, you’re not really in the target audience anyhow.


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