The Dark Knight Rises Review
There’s just something special that always surrounded the new incarnation of the Batman series ever since Nolan put his hands on it. His grasp on the classic yet updated comic book hero is immaculate, organic and ground-breaking. The Dark Knight Rises is the Nolan’s swan song to the series that finally drew to an anticipated end, leaving no stones unturned and many fans as myself more than satisfied.
As the story continues eight years after the events of the The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has abandoned his post as the caped crusader since peace has been restored to Gotham, after he took the blame, as Batman, for Havey Dent’s death. But as they say, after the calm, there’s a storm. And so, a new villain is in town, known as Bane (Tom Hardy) and plots to terrorize the city by overwhelming the police department and “restoring” Gotham with a new revolution.
Without giving too much away, I will say that Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) does get involved with our favorite vigilante in their know games of cat and mouse. Bruce also reunites his business/friendship tie with Fox (Morgan Freeman) and a new acquaintance with his stronger stockholder is formed (Marion Cotillard).
Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the “hot head” cop who always out-smarts his colleagues, is also introduced as a new character that was surprisingly well-tied to this last tome.
As a story-heavy picture, The Dark Knight Rises not only captures the essence of so many characters at once but keeps them all in the same tone within the story’s essential points. Without diminishing their natural aspect, everyone had their place and made the story flow and the scenario very believable (as much as it could be, of course
It takes a lot of workmanship to truly understand a world and try to transpose it in something we all want to relate to and fantasize about (you know what I mean). Many pivotal points took from the original comics, especially from Knightfall, and fans will be more than pleased to recognize its components. Nolan was able to take from what was already done and making neither redundant nor unsurprising. In contrast of Snyder’s take on Watchmen, we can truly see where genuine imagination and brilliance differentiate from just plain “hard” work.
This third and final chapter from the Nolan’s series has raised the bar higher than expected with astonishing cinematography and storytelling. Contrast between main themes and Hans Zimmer’s score was chilling and satisfying at once. The scope of the movie was captured in a way that a Batman movie has never been achieved before, showing a flawed system and showing what a hero faces before committing to being an outlawed vigilante and helping people without needing a badge.
There was not one unforgettable character; each of them had their own shining moments. Actors who portrayed them were more than perfect but surprisingly perfect. Bale shines once more as the eccentric billionaire once put into question and shows once more the many faces of the Batman we awe at. Levitt amazes in his role and just keeps showing how much potential he’s been keeping at playing small roles over the years.
Hathaway was a potential risk when she was first announced as Catwoman but shows that she is totally made for her role without being just a “babe”. Hardy was good, of course we don’t get to “see” him act often due to his mask and the fact that his over-dubbed voice is a dandy-bit too artificially added to my taste. Made Bane sound as if he was God speaking amongst men; his voice appearing to be on a different soundtrack than the rest.
The rest of the cast was also very strong and had a high contribution to what the package-deal offers in the end result. And what I mean is that I don’t need to say that Caine, Freeman and Oldman were awesome, because they always are, no matter who they play (but too late, you made me say it).
I think it’s clear by now that The Dark Knight Rises, and the rest of the franchise, not only made Batman a more accessible character, but listened to geeks and nerds out there and finally delivered an overdue and proper tribute to comics.
Without really wanting to continue rambling a few more paragraphs, I can only say that, as a fan of the franchise and long-time comic book enthusiast (you don’t have to be to enjoy it though), The Dark Knight Rises reunites a stellar cast brought by a stellar director with a superb story making three hours pass by as if nothing, always keeping the audience wanting for more. Keeping a captivating scenario and a masterful cinematography it ties more than well the bow on the franchise with much eloquence and finesse, leaving us with overwhelming awe, fulfillment and respect.
Theatrical release date: July 20, 2012
Director: Christopher Nolan
Run time: 164 minutes