The Dark Knight Rises ★★★★½

It took until about halfway through the movie before I finally started thinking that this was actually as good or better than the previous film. Things I didn't like? Oh there are always things to nitpick about, some of which I can't mention without ruining plotpoints. But I will say that I can't believe there was no effort made to lower the ridiculousness of Bale's cookie monster Batman voice since that has been everyone's main complaint throughout the series. But oh well. Bane wasn't as hard to understand as he was in the trailers, so at least they fixed that. And Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was everything I wanted. She was amazing and perfect. And I could have used about 30 minutes more footage of her tooling around Gotham on the Bat Pod.