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The Dark Knight Rises

Year : 2012 Director : Christopher Nolan Running Time : 165 Genre : ,
Movie review score
4/5

What’s it about?
It’s been eight years since Batman was last sighted but will he return when his beloved city is once again threatened? This time on an unprecedented scale? Well duh.

What did we think?
A triumphant – though somewhat bleak – return of the caped crusader, Dark Knight Rises is a gripping roller coaster ride full of action, explosions and metaphors. And it’s simply stunning in its scope.

That’s not to say there aren’t problems – a few sideplots are painfully predictable, the pacing is awkward to say the least , the last act is bloated and the sound editing guy should be shot – but the passion and the characterisations simply mean you don’t care. Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle is pretty true to the comics and adds an interesting dimension to a wonderfully convoluted plot.

Nolanverse fans will love the end of the trilogy. Believe the hype – it’s everything you want from a gritty superhero film.

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8 Responses so far.

  1. scott says:

    I truly thought this was like a superhero equivalent of The Wire. While I did find some of the sideplots predictable, I’m wondering if that is mainy because of my familarity with the source material..

  2. Gary Druisdale says:

    I’m a little confused, the review seems negative but gets 4/5??

    • Gary I hope the fact I highlighted the negatives and STILL gave it a 4/5 demonstrates I truly enjoyed it (despite the failings). It’s a fun ride without being a technically perfect film.

  3. Stewart Cook says:

    I’m giving it a 2.5.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you replace the DC characters with any old Jack and Jill and outfit them in generic super costumes or body armor then you’d have no reason to think it may once have been a Batman film.

    It’s crafted well enough in editing and theres some great camera work. However the sound mixer should be discharged from the Academy immediately.

    As an ‘end’ DKR chooses to offer viewers the last thing you could ever want from any superhero, a quitter and a sook.

    If you think the first two are landmarks of the superhero genre, then this will be unlikely to change your opinion.

    ’89 Batman continues to rule the roost as far as I’m concerned though.

  4. Peter and Katie says:

    Great movie 🙂

  5. Stefani says:

    Loved this movie. Disappointed that its the final one. I actually enjoyed Anne Hathaways performance despite the fact that i usually can’t stand her. 5/5 for me!

  6. Alex Bubke says:

    Nolan’s trilogy is the only legitimate ‘superhero’ franchise (for want of a better term) out there at current. The line between artistic licence and believability is balanced perfectly and if no one had ever heard of ‘Batman’ before ‘Batman Begins’, the series could have been classified as a legitimate drama. I felt that Nolan tried to make everyone happy in the end and whilst i enjoyed TDKR more than TDK, I think if the ending had been slightly more unexpected and cheesy, (i got shhhhhhed for doing the 20 miles in 60 seconds math out loud in the cinema) it would have left people with a smaller grin on their face but more satisfied and fulfilled.

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