Watched Jul 20, 2012
Martyn Perry’s review:
I saw this on the opening day, in IMAX, all thanks to a mate who is far more organised than me who managed to bag tickets as soon as they were available, and boy am I glad he did.
This is the type of summer blockbuster that will be the main topic of conversation for the next few months, 4 years ago, a lot of the success and hype around the Dark Knight was unfortunately attributed to the tragic death of Heath Ledger. Here, Nolan et al finally get the chance to prove that The Dark Knight franchise is more than just a result of hype. This film finally gives us another great trilogy (I rate Toy Story, Back to the Future and Evil Dead as others) and the first successful superhero themed trilogy ending ever.
The movie rattles along at a frantic pace, with great characters (Bane and Catwoman do the job) and fantastic action set-pieces. The central plot point constructed by Bane with Gotham's siege provides a thrilling, seemingly helpless situation which Batman has to overcome. This edge of your seat scenario, along with the un-relenting, pulsating, phenomenal score; doesn't leave you with any chances to catch your breath.
Unfortunately it isn't perfect, I don't like how a substantial adversary in the first movie has been reduced to a non-consequential drug runner in the first sequel and now just a judge figure in this movie. (Although some would argue that this is of direct consequence of Batman's actions in the first film.) I'm also not overly keen on the un-original "ticking time bomb" ending, but these are minor quibbles in an otherwise fantastic film.
Great entertainment and a groundbreaking achievement.