No spoilers here. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
The Dark Knight rises is the third Batman movie in the Nolan trilogy. It has been so anticipated because of the reputation it earned itself. Batman Begins shocked everyone, because every previous Batman incarnation was mediocre at best. People, for the first time, took Batman seriously. Then came the Dark Knight. Its gritty tone and Heath Ledger’s amazing performance gained it praise beyond Batman Begins. Then here comes the Dark Knight Rises, which has extremely high expectations to live up to. Was this movie able to close the trilogy properly?
The three key points to this movie are the characters, the pace, and the visuals. The actors are all at their finest. Christian Bale truly embodies Batman and Bruce Wayne in this film, more than he did in the others. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was spectacular. She owned her role, pulling off Catwoman with ease. Tom Hardy delivers a powerful performance as Bane, crafting the character into being aggressive, intimidating, and violently unpredictable. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is solid while playing the role of John Blake. Honestly, I could go at this all day, praising every actor to grace this movie. Everybody nailed their character. Who really stood out to me, however, was Michael Caine as Alfred. He did a fantastic job in this movie, delivering an emotional performance that was truly touching.
So the characters worked. But how about the plot? The plot takes a long time to set itself up. Characters are slowly being formed, explained, and given purpose. The build up to the beginning of the large conflict is slow. This movie as a whole moves at a slow pace. But there is a moment between Alfred and Bruce that sets the movie into motion. Once the main conflict is presented, things still take time to happen. There is no rushing or easy fixes. This movie has a slow pace that worked for its tone. At times, things seemed hopeless. This movie moves slowly, but for the sake of giving itself some time to breath. There is so much going on, and Nolan does a great job at controlling the pace and fitting everything in. The grand scale of everything that was happening was unlike anything we have seen in a movie yet. The fact that a clear, purposeful story was told, on this massive of a scale, is an achievement in itself. I don’t bounce this word around very often, but I think that it is fair to say that this movie is epic.
The visuals, of course, are above excellence. Everything looked great. That’s all I need to say. Along with Hans Zimmer’s score, moments in this film were strikingly powerful. Dramatic scenes paired with Zimmer’s score created a combination as fit as peanut butter to jelly. Nolan truly has outdone himself. Everybody brought their A game to this film. The acting, the music, the visuals, the storytelling, the characters, everything was the best of the best. There are some truly powerful scenes in this film that stick out, and those scenes alone are like giant pieces of Filet. The rest of the movie between those scenes is a nice mushroom sauce, just as good as the Filet, making it even better, with more flavor.
Over all, if you haven’t guessed it already, the Dark Knight Rises is a Filet. Hats off to Nolan, who has successfully completed the Batman trilogy. May he take a long deserved rest.