The Dark Knight Rises Review: The Epic Finale of the Batman Trilogy

Posted by    |    July 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am

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.

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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.

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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.

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By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas

Have you seen The Dark Knight Rises? Are you a fan of the Batman franchise?  Did you enjoy the review? Is this a film you will see?  Please leave your comments below.  Thanks for reading!

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  1. Michelle Craft says:

    I’m going to the midnight premiere and I am so excited for this last Batman!!!! I love your description of this film, but I sure hope you are right! The first two were wonderful so I’m really expecting this one to reach my expectations! Thanks for writing a review; I had been itching to hear all about this!!!! I’ll let you know what I think!

  2. Joe Goldstein says:

    I look forward to seeing this movie. It seems like it will be the blockbuster of the summer. If your review is correct I will love the movie. Thanks for such an in depth look into the movie.

  3. Jim Melton says:

    It wasn’t hard to guess that you would be a Batman fan. From your last few reviews you seem to be a Sci-fi lover. Takes one to know one! I am anxiously awaiting the film. I’m not sure if I will venture out this weekend and fight the crowds. Your review does ignite me to see it sooner rather than later. Get back with you afterwards. Enjoyed it. Thanks Hayden.

  4. Ann Parker says:

    Well I just had to put my two cents in. I’ve been watching the news all morning about the shooting in Aurora. Such a tragedy. It’s so sad. Those poor people went there to see the new Batman movie. I pray for their families. What also upsets me is to see the media like NBC Today Show profile this killer as commenting that his past did not include military time. What a slap at our military. Everyone that goes in and does senseless shootings is not an ex-military guy! Also the media was trying to tie this Batman movie to causing this lunatic to kill. This guy had it all planned out before he got there. He chose this movie because of its popularity and the fact that there would be a full movie theater at midnight. All these innocent people were just sitting there awaiting this summer blockbuster to entertain them for 2 hours. Don’t let him succeed! I loved your review and I for one will be seeing it this weekend in honor of those that lost their lives. We all should!

  5. Drury Williams says:

    Oh my gosh. I can’t believe there are not more people chiming in on this. What a horrific tragedy.What an evil person. He has taken more than just lives in his rampage. He has taken innocence. He has devastated families. He has ruined something that is so American. I went to see the movie last night and I was totally freaked. I had a hard time focussing on this incredible movie because I was thinking about the shooter. I’m sure he was on the mind of many Batman movie goers and will be. It’s hard to complain about what this man has robbed us all of in light of the lost lives, but I am outraged and angry. Hopefully time will pass and I can go again and really enjoy the movie again without images of that shooter in my mind. Honestly it was hard not watching the movement of others in the theater last night. Like the earlier Batman movie, tragedy seems to follow this director. How sad for him that so much of the buzz about The Dark Knight was Heath Ledger’s death and now there is James Holmes. Violence, evil, and death seems to be penetrating our safe world here in America that once was filled with Andy Griffith and Mayberry.