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The Dark Knight Rises
The Legend Ends
Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Before I start this review, I’d like to say the following: If you liked or even loved the film, that is fine. I frankly envy you. This is a film I wanted to love. But I didn’t, for reasons I will go into during this review.
Previous to this rewatch, I had last seen The Dark Knight Rises at the midnight premiere. The idea of a filmmaker finishing off a comic book trilogy and summing up their run of a character was great. But alas, I was disappointed with The Dark Knight Rises, because what we’re left with is a film that’s pretty dramatically unsatisfying. The reason I could enjoy Batman Begins was because aside from logic fails, that film…
After seven years and three films, Nolan’s Batman journey is over. The question is, is The Dark Knight Rises the send off the trilogy deserves? Sadly the answer to that question is a crushing no. Having re-watched both previous films this week I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the weakest film of the trilogy, and to make things worse, it isn’t even a good film, period.
In many ways the film’s problems existed throughout the series - needlessly long, inconsistent pacing and incoherent and bitty plotting - yet here they are magnified, partly because they are at their very worst and partly because it also lacks the compelling characters and exciting set pieces that…
I'm Gotham's reckoning.
Superhero films finally have a good trilogy. I'm not proclaiming this on the same level as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or the original Star Wars Trilogy, but I'm saying this is by far the best superhero trilogy we've ever had. With that said, it's competition for that title wasn't exactly stiff. I'm also a huge Marvel Comics fanboy so it hurts a little admitting that.
The story is epic in scope and takes full advantage of it's staggering 164 min run time. It's not only a sequel, but it truly ties into both previous films and brings all three movies together as a true trilogy. If you're thinking about re-watching Batman Begins and The…
I demand being able to press a button when posting a review that says ‘Involuntary Rewatch’ I won’t go into details, but let’s just say it involved a ‘friend’, a ‘movie night’ and the sentence ‘As long as we watch something fun!’ (uttered by yours truly). No, I did not pick the film.
After seeing the Dark Knight Rises the first time in the cinema, I rated it one and a half stars and felt it to be a deeply flawed film. Well, not to my surprise, I still feel the same after this rewatch. I won’t rehash my old review as all I have to say on the film is said there and many others have already worded their…
Magnificent conclusion to the Nolan trilogy.
If Batman was the star of Batman Begins and The Joker ruled The Dark Knight, then this film is the story of Bruce Wayne .
Awesome and audacious filmmaking at the highest level.
This 2012 superhero film is co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan and is the final instalment in his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. Familiar faces returning include Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman, while new cast members include Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Eight years after the death of DA Harvey Dent and the introduction of the Dent Act that allowed Gotham City Police powers to nearly wipe out all crime from the city, Bruce Wayne (Bale) lives a recluse at Wayne Manor while Batman hasn’t been seen since fleeing the GCPD and is a wanted criminal. Alfred Pennyworth (Caine) constantly tries to shake Bruce into getting control of his life and letting the past…
This is the only Nolan Batman movie I like without many reservations though it is also the most ridiculous of the three. Maybe there's something to that. Dark Knight Rises is full-stop no-apology Nolan Batman, like he walked straight out of Philosophy 101 with a notebook full of doodles of new Batman gadgets and got to work. You have to respect a movie that does exactly what it intends to do, I guess.
Goes down every time I re-watch it (fourth viewing). Though Hardy only improves.
The last entry to Nolan's terrific superhero trilogy sadly collapses upon its own weight of ambitions and never rises from its own ruins.
I almost turned this off halfway through due to its offensive stupidity, but I stuck with it, so I should be commended.
I'm sure essays have already been written regarding Nolan's utter failure to grasp the Occupy movement, and the fascist ideology underpinning his films in general, but who needs to dwell on that kind of negativity? Seeing that the emperor has no clothes should admit one into some kind of exclusive club. Oh well.
I did enjoy Anne Hathaway as a very cool and very sexy Catwoman. I could have watched a few more scenes of her tearing it up on the motorbike.
Disappointing. When you try to do to much, you accomplish very little.
Nolan tried to make Batman into Die Hard.
There are flaws in this film. For sure there are. But the thing Nolan does brilliantly is build movies that have this incredible surging, pounding, unstoppable momentum that pins you to your seat while his sorta-kinda-almost coherent narratives trample all over you (a lot of the credit has to go to Hans Zimmer for his killer scores). You might come out of this movie and think of some unanswered questions, or find details you can nitpick over, but while you're in there watching it, you're utterly beguiled. Or at least, I was.
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I'm sure that The…