WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
DIRECTED BY: Christopher Nolan
STARRING: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard
RATING: 4 stars
It's hard not to like Christopher Nolan as a film-maker. The word “genius” gets thrown around far too often, but the way Nolan is continuously able to create entertaining films of substance with interesting and complex characters must be admired and respected. It is, quite frankly, genius film-making. He's given us films including Inception, Memento and, of course, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Now, The Dark Knight Rises completes his Batman trilogy and I have to admit, I'm sad to see the franchise end.
The conclusion to the epic story begins eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is now a recluse and has retired his Batman alter-ego since he was named the murderer of Harvey Dent. The city has been experiencing “peace time” since then with guilt-ridden Police Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) still in charge. But Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, (Anne Hathaway) warns Wayne/Batman that Gotham will soon be embroiled in a new war because a terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) has a nasty plan for the city.
Nolan co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonathan and their villain is vastly different from The Joker. Bane is smart, strong and skilled – the perfect opponent for Batman. He wears a mask to help ease the pain he feels from his disfigured face and he's a menacing presence on-screen. Hardy may seem like an unusual choice for the character but he gained a lot of weight for the role and gives a terrifying performance. He acts with his eyes very effectively. Another surprisingly good casting choice was Hathaway. When it was announced she would play Catwoman, there were mixed reactions from fans on social media. But doubters will be silenced when they see her performance. She's sexy, witty and fun. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also very good as young detective, John Blake. The returning cast headed by Bale are also in good form. There isn't a bad performance in this film.
At almost three hours, The Dark Knight Rises is a very long film, but you will not be bored. There's enough fast-paced action to keep things very interesting, as well as a suspenseful plot that will keep you guessing. It's what a blockbuster film should be. If you loved Nolan's previous two Batman films, you will love The Dark Knight Rises. See it in IMAX.