Warning: Let the spoilers begin!
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is the final installment of the famous Dark Knight Trilogy. Depicting the end of Batman’s career as hero of Gotham, it takes both Batman and the viewer through unknown territory.
The Dark Knight Rises had the misfortune of coming directly after The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight was a classic in the making with it’s amazing visuals and fantastic portrayal of the Joker from Heath Ledger. It goes without saying that many people were wondering if the third installment could possibly top off the popular film series after having peaked at success mid way through the trilogy. It also didn’t help matters that the trailer itself was depicting a larger-than-life ending to the film series. The last movie didn’t promise a few flares, it promised fireworks, and what, in the end, was the final film in comparison to the rest?
But not great.
The Dark Knight Rises shows Bruce Wayne succumbing to his fragile human body as well as grief. After years of fighting and being Batman he has given up; sad because of the death of his childhood love Rachel Dawes. Once crime starts up again in the form of Bane, Bruce Wayne once again dones the cape and cowl and defeats Bane while once and for all relinquishing his hero ways. The reason why this film is only good and not great is strictly because of the divide between Bruce Wayne and Batman. The story of Bruce Wayne is a fascinating one and every scene where Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne is good, understandable, and relevant to the plot. However, Christian Bale as Batman is less smooth in this film. As a story about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman, rising as a hero and getting ride of his duties to live a normal life, this film does the franchise justice. However as a film that discusses Batman as the character fans know from comics, its difficult to justify Nolan’s take completely. The actors in this film were phenomenal, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was great, Tom Hardy as Bane was fantastic, and Marion Cotillard was also good. The plot was not very concise, though, having two villains that didn’t necessarily need to share the same screen. This film could have been great if the only villain had been Bane or could have had Talia al Ghul in a more prominent role, but as it stands, both villains are not given justice once they and their motives are revealed.
So what is the score? Overall, this film was big, specifically in regards to the cinematography. Christopher Nolan took new heights with the visuals in this film and it certainly paid off in the movie theater. The actors, once again, did a fantastic job in their respective roles. All in all, we’ll give it a 3.5/5- Muy Bueno