The Dark Knight Rises – Film Review

Duration: 2hrs 44mins 28secs

Rating: 12A

Release Date: 20 July 2012 (UK)

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Drama

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine,

Description: Set eight years in the future from when Batman fought to save Gotham City from the Joker, Bruce Wayne has been in hiding ever since, and hardly anyone’s seen or spoken to him. It’s not long before Bruce has to get himself together and be Batman again because there’s a new villain in town, Bane, and Gotham is once again in world ending danger.

My Thoughts: I don’t know what I was expecting from the final film in The Dark Knight Trilogy if I had an expectations at all. It started off a bit slow pasted, making sense of everything that was going on and introducing the characters of the film. Once it got going it was good, I struggled to hear it in a few places but that was just due to my annoyance of not wanting to continuously turn it up and down like you always do when watching an action film.

This film was funny, action-packed, sad, and just plain enjoyable so it got up to the same standard of the last two films. I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed the second one I think, but not as much as I enjoyed the first one.

I wished you had seen more of Batman though, as I feel like, given that it was a Batman film Batman’s actually role in it was a bit low, although this did make you lose hope a bit and that was a good thing. I feel like in action films – especially one’s about superheroes – you never feel like everything won’t turn out okay, you always know it will be saved by the hero, but with this film you didn’t, there were a couple of times when I lost hope and thought maybe things wouldn’t turn out okay, then I gained hope again and then I lost it. It was good to have that feeling of the unknown.

Bane’s voice was so funny it was hard to take him seriously, I feel in most Batman films Batman seems to have a more evil voice than the villains and it’s just a bit weird… Unlike The Dark Knight though when the Joker had a good higher voice to make it a bit different Bane’s voice was just, strange. I also found his mask really disturbing, I thought it looked like two hands trying to crawl their way into his mouth and it was just horrible, which I guess was the goal.

It was nice to see a capable female superhero portrayed although unfortunately she was wearing a really tight costume and massive high heels to run around in, not something practical or necessary to make the film better quality. Although I have to say I did love the heels.

You would think that someone would put two and two together and realise that Bruce was Batman; Bruce Wayne comes out of hiding then shortly afterwards so does Batman, coincidence? I think not.

There was a very good bit when you knew something bad was about to happen (because it was explained and made obvious on purpose) and they had someone in the film sing beautifully and it made the atmosphere of the film and the scene really good, it was really suspenseful and then when the bad thing happened it seemed worse than it actually was because of the singer, it seemed like more of a tragedy (it was pretty tragic, but still) and I thought it was a really clever thing to do, I was really impressed with how well they did that scene.

The ending was the best bit – and I don’t mean because it was over – I mean because it was done so well, it was just amazing and the music in the background made it even better, it’s amazing how just the right song can make a scene in a film or TV programme so much more connecting and engrossing, it was a really good ending and left a lot of things that could happen next and it was just really satisfying.

I would really recommend watching this film, I’d recommend watching all of the films. If someone asks you if you want to watch Batman don’t say no, say yes! You might be pleasantly surprised, just like I was.

Quotes: These are some of my favourite quotes (or just quotes that made me laugh).

“I call it the Bat, and yes, it does come in black.” – Fox (Morgan Freeman)

“I would like to point out that there’s a non-board member here, even is his name’s above the door.”

“You’re evil” – “I’m necessary evil.” Bane

“Mr. Wayne, I’m sorry they talk all your money.” – Cat Woman “No you’re not.” Bruce Wayne

“Tell me where the trigger is! Then you have my permission to die.” – Batman. I wouldn’t say this was a favourite quote of mine but it did make me laugh in that ‘this is really depressing but I don’t know how to react’ way.

Warnings: There are some sex references throughout the film and sex is implied in one scene, there is alcohol consumed within the film, lots of violence throughout the duration of the film with several hostage situations, terrorism and anarchy. For full details on all of this please click the link


Other Films In The Trilogy: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008). 

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