I feel I have to write about this film as it is such a bookmark for aspiring film makers that are learning the trade, with a very strong british cast including Tom Hardy and Michael Cane it shows off the talent that we are pumping out of the country. One thing that i hope doesn’t happen is that the horrific colorado shooting over shadows what an epic film The Dark Knight Rises truly is, there are spoilers in this review so if u haven’t seen the movie i would stop reading now.
Lets start from the simple plot of the movie TDKR starts 8 years after the dark knight, it picks up with a weak and frail Bruce Wayne confined to Wayne manor where Batman is on the run from the law and has been absent for years. But things change when the hard hitting mercenary Bane invades Gotham with his grim plans for the city, Bruce Wayne is forced to don the cape and the cowl once again to face a more physical foe than the past two films.
Lets start with the performance of the Characters in the movie and how they were portrayed by Christopher Nolan in his version of Batman, Batman is played by the gritty and deep spoken Christian Bale. Personally I feel his voice is still being forced to be deep and gritty to much i can’t help but laugh at lines such as “WHERE IS THE DETONATOR” in his aggressive voice, as it doesn’t suit the films forte. Christian Bale does play the role extremely well apart from the voice, he has the sophistication to play Bruce Wayne and the presence to play Batman.
There were many doubts about Christopher Nolan’s portrayal of Bane, in the comics and games Bane is a gargantuant beast who is uncontrollable. I was always confident he would make his take on Bane work as he has done in the past films with various other villain’s, Before the film was released some short viewings brought back reviews saying that Tom Hardy’s voice was hard to understand. I didn’t have a problem understanding Bane and caught pretty much every line and really enjoyed the Darth Vader styled voice they applied to the character. That first confrontation In the sewers really was a great scene and just showcased Banes physical dominance in the early stages of the movie and added that true grit to the film. One thing I thought could of made Banes character better would have been a long battle with Batman at the finale, Banes character came across as sadistic yet controlled.
Anne Hathaway played Catwoman and I personally thought she did a good job, she had everything that character needed, sexy, quick, agile and a slight hint of humour! i like her mask/headset which when raised formed the cat like ears. Catwomen seemed clever and cunning in the early parts of the film but needed saving later on by the Batman as she pursued the programme to clear her record. She ends up becoming a strong ally for Batman. One thing i did enjoy of her character was the……. ass. better than Scarlett johansenn in the avengers? il let you decide.
There were other big performances in the movie specifically Michael Canes emotional scenes where he showed a great amount of emotion and really seemed to be upset and involved deeply with the trilogy.
The film was truly enjoyable and flew by it really didn’t seem like the 164 mins running time, but thats what you get from a truly amazing movie that is well put together. The film defiantly didn’t need 3D and I’m glad they decided to stay away from that!
The twists towards the end were really unexpected and added to the big finale! the death tease towards the end was a big shock but really think they couldn’t kill off the legend completely and I’m glad they rounded off the trilogy well. Hats off to Christopher Nolan for another masterpiece.