Christopher Nolan returns with the final Batman movie in his much loved trilogy and it doesn’t fail to deliver – despite the huge hype. It is both gripping and emotional, a movie that is sure to have your eyes glued to the screen for it’s 164 minute runtime, which flies by and leaves you ultimately satisfied.
Where to begin in complimenting this awesome cinematic experience? The soundtrack is incredible, as is it’s mammoth cast. Just beginning to name them would consume paragraphs but I particularly enjoyed newcomer Tom Hardy as new villain Bane, as well as Joseph Gordon Lovett. Bruce Wayne himself (Christian Bale) puts in another great acting performance, as does Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. In fact, all the performances just fit so well, it’s as if the cast were born to play them.
Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack, which I did not listen to before the movie, engrossed me the whole time. For those that have seen the trailer, the Bane chant occurs multiple times throughout and is definitely a stand out in my mind. It sets the mood for multiple scenes perfectly, with it’s catchy but chilling tone. Other songs used in the movie are also close to faultless and it’s not often that I notice the soundtrack in a movie so much like I did with this one. It’s up there with TRON, American Beauty and Drive as my favourite.
The movie starts off with a bang, an opening scene that clearly stays with you, even after the winding journey director Nolan puts us through. The shots are so crisp and the IMAX screen that I saw it on amplifies them ten-fold, to an extent that you almost forget you are in a cinema at times. It really does take you out of your seat and into Gotham City.
The story line is another win, with fans of the previous two movies sure to love the piecing together of the puzzle. The Dark Knight Rises intertwines very well with the earlier two movies, especially Batman Begins, with flashbacks at the perfect time to remind us of key memories. I loved how we felt the emotional pain of the characters in the movie rather than just observing. It really feels as if you have an emotional connection and understanding at times.
While the movie does have some very minor flaws, they are barely noticable and ultimately worth it at times. Yes, it is a bit long, but it only feels like a 130 minute movie instead of a 164 minute one. Yes, Bane is on rare occasions hard to hear or understand but his voice is one of my favourite attributes of the whole movie and if that means I occasionally don’t understand a word or two that doesn’t effect the movie’s plot then so be it.-
I recently talked about how Christopher Nolan is the master of ‘movie endings’ and it is the pinnacle of The Dark Knight Rises. The ending takes it from a great movie I enjoyed to an incredible movie I appreciated so much. It wraps up everything so well, it surprises, it evokes so much emotion. It really is a thrilling experience. It reminded me of The Prestige’s ending in some ways, the way everything just made sense and felt right.
The Dark Knight Rises is a movie I loved and I am dying to see again. It has left an almost overwhelming feeling in me, one of strong respect and appreciation. It is dark at times and ultimately entertains, grips and takes you through a whirlwind of emotions. Nolan is not afraid to do it his way, and his way is just fine. A