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BY JR grader
I walked in with hand's done with the biggest anticipation of any film in the summer. Was I pleased? Defiantly. Everything about was excellent.
The performance's of the leads was quite spectacular. With Christian... More Bale's and Anne Hathaway's performance of the two leads where amazing. Christian Bale's batman was excellent with his performance of "Batman on the edge" was defiantly quite compelling. Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle or Catwoman dispelled all issues one would have when hearing about her casting. Also dispelling all misgivings of Halle Berry's Catwoman which was truly truly awful. Also the supporting cast of Michael Cain, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levit and Marion Cotillard where all spectacular to watch.
Tom Hardy's villain of Bane could have been the hole in Christopher Nolan's film. After following Heath Ledgers Joker who was hands down the best superhero villain portrayal of all time. He could have cracked under pressure. Luckily although not as compelling as Ledger's Joker as (he was not meant to be) the plan of his had complete relevance to America today which was nice to see. Although I had some issues hearing him with his mask under him with it reminding me of Darth Vader in some places.
A perfect ending to a great film franchise. Which has just gotten better and better throughout the saga.Hide
BY Mark-Roulston superstar
It's a rare occurrence that a film is this anticipated and discussed, even months before its release. Rewind one year ago, to the time when the first details of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES began to emerge, through Nolan's carefully calculated drip-feed of information. After Bane (Tom Hardy) was announced as the film's villain, many familiar with the comic book origins of the character began to ask a key question about Nolan's plans for Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). Would the filmmaker, blessed with complete creative control, physically break Batman, as happened in the "Knightfall" comic book arc where Bane was introduced? After seeing trailers with brief shots of Bruce Wayne walking with the assistance of a cane, the evidence seemed to mount.
However, Nolan is a master of playing with audience expectations. Nobody seemed to consider that perhaps he would begin the film with Wayne already a broken man, both physically and spiritually. A near total recluse, crippled by his crime fighting days eight years earlier and emotionally eviscerated by the death of Rachel Dawes at the hands of the Joker. Wayne's life is fuelled by rage, yet the Gotham of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is a relatively peaceful place, with no real need for a vigilante. It's smart storytelling, allowing Nolan to raise Wayne from his fall, a theme of the entire saga, but unfortunately, this is where the story takes a few mis-steps. The first half of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES under-utilises Wayne/Batman in favour of building the massive story and developing each supporting character and plot thread, understandable given the complexity of the narrative, but the closing chapter perhaps needed to be more Wayne's story. There's an overabundance of characters, and as good as Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and John Blake, they do take valuable screen time away from Wayne, and his self-destructive determination is never quite established fully.
Thankfully, the second half brings the goods in terms of epic scale and excitement. Once Bane's plan is fully in motion, the film becomes a tense and brutal thrill-ride which pays off on the majority of the first act's seemingly unconnected plot meandering. There are several moments which could have come across as cheesy and ham-fisted (and indeed, on repeat viewings will probably begin to grate before long), but the dark and serious tone of the film keeps some of the sillier beats in check. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is definitely the most comic book-like of the trilogy, and as such some of Nolan's insistence on realism suffers. It's also not as consistent as the previous two films, particularly THE DARK KNIGHT, and is unlikely to have the same rewatchability factor. But, even if it is the weakest of Nolan's saga, it's still a cut above the vast majority of comic book films that Hollywood produces. Hollywood history is littered with disappointing conclusions to trilogies, yet THE DARK KNIGHT RISES breaks the mould by bringing intelligent blockbuster filmmaking (which is becoming a Nolan speciality), and an unflinching, if not especially unpredictable, final chapter in one of the better film series' ever created.
BY BrionyJae superstar
The storyline absorbed me right from the start, and I was delighted that I didn't see the plot twist coming - I love being surprised by films ;) I also have to mention Hans Zimmer's epic score, the music was undeniably *there* at the right places. In fact, the only negative thing I can say about this film is that while it is conclusive, it feels like it could be the beginning of so much *more*! Even though I know that he's said a definite no, I would LOVE to see Nolan create more films for his Gotham universe. There is so much territory that could be explored! AAHHHH. But I suppose that's the sign of a great filmmaker - always leaving the audience wanting more ;)Hide
BY simon-crawford nobody
Main positive was Joseph Gordon Levitt. Been a massive fan of his ever since I saw Brick and it is good that he is getting some good roles. Wasn't a huge fan of the final Anne Hathaway also looked good in the catsuit and seemed to be having fun but she was one of a few fairly underdeveloped characters.
The biggest letdown was definitely Bane. I really like Tom Hardy and he was certainly physically impressive but the voice was so off... More putting. A weird blend of Sean Connery and Darth Vader with the accent changing constantly through the film. Also the final few minutes that he was in the film were really anticlimatic and made a little bit of mockery of the pre film claims that he was going to be a physical and mental challenge to Batman. Totally lacked the presence of the Joker as a true arch villain.
All that said, Nolan is like Tarantino in the sense that he is incapable of making a film that is not interesting and I did enjoy it as a solid action film. Just wasn't in the class of his other recent effortsHide
BY Josh_Haigh-Ward wannabe
The Dark Night was amazing, it would take something special from Mr Nolan to top that movie. Thankfully he once again outdid himself. The Dark Night Rises was fantastic, i was completely blown away with the whole movie. I was so amazed with Tom Hardys portrayal of Bane, who gives Heath Ledgers Joker performance a run for his money. Im not an Anne Hathaway fan and thought she was the wrong choice for catwoman. However i... More was pleseantly suprised with her performance, not completely convinced but she wasnt bad. The whole movie was executed perfectly, back up from strong emotional performances from the entire cast.
Mr Nolan once again you have outdone yourself, and have ended your fantastic trilogy with a powerful and thoughtful ending.Hide
BY KatieF superstar
I am still coming to terms with how I really felt about this movie. The story was great and the cinematography was excellent, it never ceases to amaze me. I had my reservations beforehand about the casting of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle but I thought she was phenomenal. My personal opinion was that it was not quite as epic as 'The Dark Knight' as without Heath Ledger it just can't be as good. Overall 'The Dark Knight Rises' is a great watch. Christopher Nolan's trilogy will be hard to beat.
BY TheRocketRobot nobody
I'll be brief and try to keep things as spoiler-free as possible, but nothing really made a whole lot of sense to me with Rises. Not Batman's leave of absence, not the villains or their ridiculous plan, and certainly not the end.
With his previous Bat-films Nolan has at least seemed... More like he's been engaging with larger themes but with Rises there's just no clear sense of any larger idea behind it all. The story is also, once again, a bit of a mess and really overly-complicated.
I'm still sorting through my own thoughts on the film but the best I can say at the moment? It wasn't bad.Hide
BY Aidan1 superstar
Christopher Nolan has made a fantastic triolgy and this 3rd movie was no exception, This just amazed me and had a great ending just tied it up nicley and it was nice to see the cast back again and some new cast members from Inception Nolans other movie. 5 stars
BY Craig-Sutcliffe wannabe
many issues and not to compare it to its predecessor.
BY Philip-Moore superstar
Batman has been retired and he must come back to battle the evil Bane played by Tom Hardy. He gets some help along the way by Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway. There are some great action sequences in here. Also a lot of great scenes of dialogue between characters this is a worthy end to a great trilogy. Great performances all around and there is a great plot twist ending. I highly recommend this film.
BY Luke5 grader
And the only reason I don't want to give it 5 stars is the few times you have to strain to hear what Bane is saying.
As is the style with Christopher Nolan movies, it is intense, there are lots of loud sounds contrasted with deafening silence and you spend a good part of your time genuinely tense as you are caught up in the magnitude of the situation the characters are in.
Looking forward to re-watching asap.
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BY DarcyClay lister
I would give this film a 4.5 mostly due to it just not being quite as good as The Dark Night, but Flicks doesn't let you award half stars so based on the strength of the trilogy overall I'll happily round up to a 5.Hide