Bobby Reviews The Dark Knight Rises
Taking place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises takes us into a Batmanless (look it up) Gotham. Gotham doesn’t see a hero in Batman anymore. They see a murderer who killed Harvey Dent. No one sees or hears from Batman for eight years, until a terrorist villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), threatens to destroy Gothman. Now, Batman resurfaces and must stop Bane from going through with his plan. Along the way, he is helped by Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
If you’re part of the 1% of the population who has not yet seen this movie, I hate to disappoint you by saying that this is not better than The Dark Knight. It is amazing, spectacular, brilliant, and beautiful, but not better than its predecessor.
One aspect of The Dark Knight that was better, was the villain. Heath Ledger gave undoubtedly one of the best performances ever seen in a movie. Every time he was on screen, I got the chills. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same way with Bane. Maybe if I understood what he was saying, I would’ve felt differently. I thought the muffled speech was only the audio in my theater, but everyone else I know who has seen it has said the same thing.
Another thing that only some people will not like is the dark tone of this movie. It is so intense and doesn’t ever give you a chance to breathe. The only levity we get is from Catwoman. I personally didn’t mind the darkness of the film, but it’s not for everyone.
Even though it has it’s flaws, the pros outnumber the cons. The acting is Oscar worthy. Christian Bale is unbelievable, even when he is doing his corny Batman voice. IDEA! Read the rest of this review out loud in the Batman voice. Joseph Gordon-Levitt who I loved in 500 Days of Summer, was wonderful as Blake. Morgan Freeman’s did a wonderful job talking about the penguins. His narration was moving! All the others were great as well and there wasn’t any weak acting.
Of all the amazing actors, the one who completely stood out was Anne Hathaway. Even though the entire time, I was yelling, “You’re not Catwoman! You’re a princess!” I expected her to be okay in this role, but I never expected her performance to completely steal the show. She was easily the best actress in the trilogy.
One thing that fascinates me is how Christopher Nolan can make the craziest and most unrealistic ideas and make them so realistic. If you told someone who had never heard of Batman what the movie was about, they would expect to see a silly kids movie. However, it seemed like Batman was a real person and this is a movie telling his story. I was almost expecting it to say “Based on true events” at the end. Well no I wasn’t, but it still felt so real. Nolan definitely did this with Inception. I don’t think I’m the only one who was afraid to dream after watching that movie.
Try not to go into the movie with the mindset that it will be better than The Dark Knight. The lower you set your expectations, the more impressed you will be. Unfortunately, I expected the best movie of the trilogy which is why I was disappointed. TDKR is still one of the greatest action films ever and most likely the best of the year. Hopefully this will be the last Batman movie for awhile though. Any Batman movie made too soon will be in the shadow of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and that almost isn’t fair for the filmmakers. For now we have The Amazing Spider-Man sequels and Man of Steel and it’s sequels to look forward too.
The Dark Knight Rises
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Jonathan and Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, and Marion Cotillard
Run Time: 2 Hours and 44 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality, and language
IMDb Rating: 9.2/10
My Rating: 8/10
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