Film Review: The Dark Knight Rises

| 23 July , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3.5/5

In the third installment of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, wraps up Batman’s legacy in the city of Gotham. After the defeat of Joker and Harvey Dent, Batman took the wrap for Dent’s crimes and went into hiding. Having lost the love of his life, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has hung up the batcape and become a recluse.

It takes the chaos caused by villain Bane (Tom Hardy) to stir Batman back to action. Hardy bulked up for this role, and while Bane’s size is intimidating, his accent and face mask make him at times hard to understand, you’ll want Batman to stop mid-punch and ask Bane not to mumble.

One of our favorite new characters is Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt); a good-hearted cop who knows Batman’s true identity and is determined to use that information to reach his goals. Anne Hathaway plays the sly Selina, and though she dons an impressive figure in her Cat Woman costume, the squeaky leather can’t help but get a few unplanned laughs.

The cast work well together and some previous favorites are still there, Michael Caine as the loyal butler Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordan, and Morgan Freeman as Fox, to name a few.

Unfortunately there are a lot of unbelievable plot points. Okay, it’s Batman – there are a lot of unbelievable stunts, but – it’s Batman – we believe he can do it.

What got to us were the amount of logistical errors. How can a man who has a broken back get fixed, ripped, and at his physical peak in a short period of time, without even the help of a montage? Long kisses in crisis situations, squeaky costumes, and underestimated weapons, are just a couple of the details that pull the audience from the thrill of Gotham’s streets. The streets themselves were enough to get a viewer lost, as this Gotham was set in New York City instead of the previous locations in Chicago.

Irregularities aside, The Dark Knight Rises, contains enough action, muscles, plot twists, villains, and intrigue to satisfy any Batman fan.

Hop in your batmoblie and get to the theatre.

In cinemas now!

As a side note, we are horrified by what occurred last week in Aurora Colorado and we send all our thoughts and prayers to all the people involved in that senseless incident not only destroying the joy of movies for those involved but tarnishing the joy of the movies for everyone around the globe.


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