Haven’t made it into the theatres to see the final installment of the Batman Dark Knight trilogy? Understandable. But don’t let the terrible tragedy in Colorado scare you away from one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters.
Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises” is a spectacular noir gem, which brings the franchise full-circle to a monumental, well-earned conclusion. Not only is it a very good standalone film, as the bookend to a trilogy it’s even better.
That’s not to say that “The Dark Knight Rises” is without flaws or beyond criticism. Clocking in at an incredible two hours and forty-five minutes, there were times I felt the film too self-serious.
Set in an all-too-real world that touches on the darker side of human nature, the film begins eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight”, where billionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse, assuming the blame for the death of the late D.A., Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). As he limps around his estate, due to injuries sustained as Batman, Wayne hopes he has sacrificed for the greater good, leaving Gotham around him to speculate.
However, Wayne’s plan to stay in the shadows change with the emergence of Bane (Tom Hardy), a masked terrorist whose coldblooded plans for Gotham include detonating an atomic bomb in order to destroy the city.
With his city under siege, Bruce Wayne rediscovers the strength within in order to fill the role of “the Batman” and save his beloved city once again.
The verdict: While many Batman fanatics will claim the film didn’t rise to the occasion, if you sit back and allow yourself to enjoy the cinematography and brilliant performances, this is easily the year’s best comic blockbuster.
Side note: For those who want to compare “The Dark Knight Rises” to “The Avengers”. There’s absolutely no comparison. They’re not even close to being in the same league. TDKR is by far the superior film.