The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises review
Batman is nowhere to be found since Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) hides in his mansion. Bane (Tom Hardy) terrorizes Gotham City and disables Batman. Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) aka. Cat Woman, becomes close to Batman and wants him to escape the city together. John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is promoted by Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) for special duty. The observations this critic had were the very slow beginning, lack of back stories for the new characters, iffy romantic angle, length for such a simple story and lack of humor to the very serious story. Bane was a worthy opponent but mostly the muffled voice was kind of irritating (compared to Batman's grumbles in past Batman flicks). Not enough gadgets were utilized here and the plane used was not stylish, yet effective in creating the final conclusion.
On a positive note, the fight scenes, performances (Hathaway did a good job, nice to see Oldman do more, Gordon-Levitt solid but with an uninteresting character and how easily he discovered the true identity of the protagonist), explosions and direction were spectacular. Screenplay was good with lines: Batman/Wayne - "A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know the world hasn't ended." and Gordon's eulogy "I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence." A film of sacrificing for the greater good, peace of mind, determination and finally love (for Wayne), The Dark Knight Rises concludes with a hopeful note. Better than Batman Begins, not as flawless as The Dark Knight.