I won't deny, I'm a self-professed Marvel fangirl. But GOSH. This. Film!! So much love. It really didn't feel like the staggering length of 2hrs 44mins, I was enjoying it far too much. Tom Hardy was magnificent as Bane - he managed to be imposing, playful and awe-inspiring while (impossibly!!) drawing my sympathies to him. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was another highlight for me - he was such a refreshing character, and that end revelation... HEAD SPINNING! :D The acting brilliance from Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman was again top-notch, a real joy to watch. The best of the best, right there. And, even though I feel like I'm talking about all the characters being my favourite, I can't *not* mention Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway! Bale was, as always, fantastic at bringing Batman's emotions and struggles to life, and Hathaway was a really fun Catwoman - great mix of cunning and barely -vulnerable beneath the surface.
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 ;)
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