Watched Jul 20, 2012
Adam Moody’s review:
Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman trilogy wanders deep into the fantastical elements within the mythos which provides a mass spectacle of sheer power and epic, although progressively shaky, storytelling. The combined weight of the entire saga proves to be a profound load to bear, but Nolan's fresh vision overcomes all falters. Massive action sequences and the strongest use of visual effects yet refuse to let up for even a short moment. There are a few surprises in store, always dramatic and perhaps unnecessary, but well thought out enough to satisfy true fans. I have some personal issues with some of the turn of events that I won't get into - they are more nit-picky than distracting. Also, unsurprisingly, Nolan passes on complete closure and leaves some unanswered questions.
Christian Bale solidifies his spot as the best actor to take up the cape and cowl, fully encompassing the impassioned strengths and tortured weaknesses of the titular character. Anne Hathaway utilizes her seducing allure and hidden fragility to bring complexity to the always challenging role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Newcomers Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also contribute understated performance that are much more than they seem. But it is Tom Hardy as Bane that brings the film to its peak. His portrayal of the menacing villain is near perfection with his intimidating physique and provoking intelligence, heightened by anarchically-powered speeches and ruthless cunning.
Breathtaking action and visual effects do not reign supreme, story is prominent as well. At times it is fitting to just sit back and take in the magnitude of what you are experiencing. From the massive sets to the meticulous organization, it makes you admire the talent that goes into making films at this level. In a completely different league than any other comic book adaptations, this is a great farewell to a truly important journey.