The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of visionary writer and director Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, is an epic, emotional, action-filled feature that could very likely go down as the best Batman film of all time. This summer blockbuster truly raises the bar on sci-fi comic book super hero films and is a legendary conclusion to Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. Fans who have been deeply anticipating the release of Nolan’s newest Batman movie will be abundantly satisfied. It seems like a hard feat to overshadow the previous Batman flick, The Dark Knight, but The Dark Knight Rises soars to the challenge.
Given an 87% critic “likes” from Rotten Tomatoes, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This film succeeds The Dark Knight by eight years in which we saw the attempted destruction of Gotham City by the Joker (Heath Ledger) and Batman’s descent as guardian of Gotham City after taking the blame for the death of district attorney Harvey Dent. Now, when Bane (Hardy), a villainous, mad terrorist, sets his sites on Gotham, Bruce Wayne (Bale) is forced to resume the role of the caped crusader. Much has changed in Gotham City and Batman soon discovers he is not the man he used to be. Amidst the turmoil over the death of Dent, Batman’s return, and a major power struggle causing chaos in Gotham, Batman and company must find a way to stop Bane before he unleashes a nuclear bomb on the city. The Dark Knight Rises is an entertaining, powerful thrill ride.
The best way to describe The Dark Knight Rises is “complete”. The director uses every technique at his disposal. The action is average, and the film relies heavily on an in-depth story, extreme character development, and the collision of multiple smaller plots woven into a much larger story. This movie also has a light level of humor, which is refreshing. The film has the right amount of everything and the cast was absolutely outstanding. The only flaw was a technical one: it was often difficult to hear Bane’s voice through the mask he wears as a result of a botched prison surgery. The Dark Knight Rises has many twists and an impressive ending leaving you hungry for more Batman.
I rate The Dark Knight Rises a 4.5 out of 5 and recommend this film to anyone who loves “Batman” or who enjoys action packed sci-fi adventures. This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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