This movie is so visually striking. It begins slowly (after the introduction, which is beautiful), but then it sucks you into the story and the moment you start noticing parallels between the reality and the fantasy you become fully invested.
The relationship between Roy and Alexandria is sweetly macabre. It's rare you see a young man and girl-child interaction on screen, and this is one of the most interesting portrayals of that relationship I've ever seen. I also love the whole homage to 1920s slapstick films (the word "fall" takes on many meanings in this film, physically and metaphorically).
This film is on the same wavelength as The Dark Knight but I think it had more 'holy shit!' moments. I loved the scene between Bane and Batman in the sewers (I am told it's a famous scene in the comics) . The dialogue was superb.
What made this movie was the villain. Tom Hardy as Bane really impressed me. I think the Joker is a more interesting villain but Bane doesn't fall too far behind.
Hans Zimmer also deserves…
I adore films that stay in one location and can imagine it's difficult to pull off (but when pulled off well, like 12 Angry Men, it can be magnificent). One location means there is more focus on the characters and you really get to see who is a good actor and who isn't. I thought everyone in this movie was great (especially John C. Reilly) and conveyed their characters believably. The storyline is simple, but it's a joy to watch the two couples' differing views on parenting and marriage.