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The Dark Knight Rises Review

The Dark Knight Rises (12a)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson

Score: 5/5

Wow . . . what an amazing film. It’s hard to summarise 2 hours and 44 minutes of pure cinematography genius and excitement, but I’m going to give it a try and I hope you agree with my thoughts.

We all knew it was going to be hard for director Christopher Nolan to top The Dark Knight, when it came round to the third and final of his Batman films. And I have to say The Dark Knight Rises was every bit the finale that I was hoping for.

Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Gotham City is a much safer city without the danger from organised crimes. Batman hasn’t been seen since the death of Harvey Dent, whose death was blamed on the masked figure, and with the city being much harmless, they didn’t really rely on Batman; which caused Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to drift into the shadows of his former self. That’s until Bane (Tom Hardy), a cold and calculating terrorist shows up in Gotham with plans to create chaos and cause mayhem; making Bruce realise that maybe it’s time for him to put his cape back on. With Bruce having lost so many loved ones, does he have anything left to lose?

The casting for the film is exceptional in my eyes. It’s remarkable to think that the bulky brilliant villain, Bane is played by the charmingly cute British actor, Tom Hardy. Hardy did very well portraying the bad guy, although sometimes it was hard to understand what he was saying through his artificial voice box. On the other hand, this did make Hardy have a detached presence with his immense mask hiding his facial expressions causing him to appear slightly inhuman.  Hardy’s character Bane; completely embodies terror and uses that as his strongest asset, being menacing and posing as an even greater threat to the Dark Knight then the Joker ever did.

Christian Bale has continued to once again play an outstanding character and in this Batman film, it is all about Batman. In The Dark Knight, the spotlight was on Heath Ledger as he portrayed the Joker, and for me was the best part of the last film. However in this movie the spotlight shifts back onto Bruce as he faces tough challenges, one of them being retirement.

With great supporting roles from Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, an idealist cop who still has faith in the Batman, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, an investor and member of the Wayne Enterprises executive board who seems more than willing to help the company get back on its feet (not to mention the always great performances by Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman), The Dark Knight Rises hits all the right notes. Additional applause must be given to Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, who took a role that usually ends up becoming oversexed and too campy, and making it completely believable in this Batman film. And of course we see Michael Caine who was absolutely astounding in his portrayal of the worn-down butler as he gave a heartbreaking performance that nearly moved me to tears.

I just want to take a moment to send out my sympathies to all the victims and their families of the recent events of the Aurora Colorado shooting.  My heart goes out to them.

The Dark Knight Rises is a very intense movie. It’s emotionally engaging; it grabs the audience’s attention and is full of drama and action. There are a number of shocks, revelations and twists in the film that keep you enticed in the movie.

Every minute of the movie is gripping and as soon as it finishes, your definitely be wanting more.

So why don’t you head to the cinema and check this fantastic film out, you’d be crazy as a bat if you missed it.

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