The dark knight rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final batman movie. An ageing bruce wayne, retired as batman, has been a recluse for eight years, bit when the villainous bane threatens the lives of everyone in Gotham, bruce is forced to don he cape and cowl once again.
It has been a long four years for some. We have had x-men films, iron man 2, Thor, captain america and green lantern, but there is one superhero which everyone has been waiting to see; batman. Coming of the huge success of the dark knight, writer-director christopher nolan has generated the biggest hype for a film in years. Only one question remains; was it worth the wait?
Yes. It was. Batman begins set the bar, the dark knight raised it and the dark knight rises raises the bar further. The film is epic in almost every sense of the word. The film begins with the footage that was show before Imax venues before mission impossible iv, with the stunning mid air highjacking of a government plane. I had the pleasure of seeing the film in Imax, and it goes without saying that it is the ultimate way of viewing a film. The opening, as well as other sequences filmed with the Imax cameras, look spectacular.
We also get our first glimpse of tom hardy as bane. I don’t know about other people, but i had no trouble with his voice, but it is acting that will gain the most plaudits. All but eliminating memories of Joel Schumacher’s interpretation of the character, hardy plays the character with real menace and with a slight touch of vulnerability.
The story then advances a few months to a police and political get-together at wayne manor, prospering in the Harvey Dent Act, and living in a city where criminals are few and far between. The first few images of Bruce are either shown in the shadows or in the reflection of silverware which only emphasises how lonesome the man has come. He stays in his mansion hoping to stay hidden from the outside world. He walks with a stick which symbolises how fragile, mentally and physically, he has become. All credit to Christian bale, who saves his best batman performance for last, displaying a range of emotion worthy of an Oscar winning actor.
But by the time Batman gets back into action, Gotham is in need of saving again. The opening 45 minutes or so moves at a blistering pace, the dark knight does rise but you get a sense that this going to be a long film due to the sheer amount of story and characters that are introduced in the ‘opening’. The movie is Nolan’s longest and it feels like it. Even though the film moves at a fast enough pace, there are some scenes and subplots that i felt weren’t needed, such as the love story between miranda Tate and Bruce.
The film also has the best supporting cast of the series. Gary Oldman’s commissioner gordon and morgan freeman as Lucius Fox giving solid performances. But it is Joseph-Gordon Levitt and anne hathaway as john blake and Selina Kyle respectively who steal the show. Each giving performances worthy of the series’ already very high standards. The one cast member who i thought was lacklustre was marion Cottilard’s miranda Tate. A character that I felt was underdeveloped and uninspiring.
The first confrontation between Bane and Batman gives us a fight scene we haven’t seen Batman in before. Being either Banes superior fighting skills, Batman’s eight year absence or a combination of both, Bats is doomed.
When Batman returns to Gotham in the third act, it paves way for the most emotional and action packed final half hour of the trilogy. With each film of the trilogy, Nolan becomes more adapt at filming fight and action scenes, especially the confrontations with Bane. Nolan keeps the camera movements to a minimum and allows the audience to see and feel what is going on.
By the time the ending arrives, one can’t help but feel satisfied, as all loose ends are tied up. There will be talk of sequels among the fan community, but this is no doubt the end of Bruce Wayne’s story as well as the end of one of the best trilogies in contemporary cinema.