Monday, July 23, 2012

REVIEW: The Dark Knight Rises

“If you make yourself more than just a man,  if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely... Legend, Mr. Wayne."
Christopher Nolan has made himself more than just a man. He has become one of the premiere directors in Hollywood. He has made many films that have become favorites of millions of people. Once again, he does not disappoint. In his latest and last installment The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale reprises his iconic role of Batman. As Ra’s Al Ghul and Scarecrow were the villains in Batman Begins, Joker and Two-Face were the villains of The Dark Knight, Bane and Catwoman take center stage this time around.

In this finale of Nolan’s epic trilogy, eight years have passed since Harvey Dent’s death, Batman has disappeared and Bruce Wayne has gone into seclusion. Christian Bale is, once again, phenomenal as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Michael Caine's casting as Alfred was absolutely inspired in Batman Begins, and this time it is taken to a whole new level. Michael Caine once again exudes humor and emotion as  as only he can do. 

This time Bruce Wayne is tasked with stopping Bane in whatever plot he has concocted in order to take down Batman and Gotham City. However, this time Bane is not some simple mercenary, he is a legend or myth in the eyes of many. His strength and speed is something that one should not underestimate. Both Bane and Catwoman bring their own curveballs to the table. 

Many people were skeptical about Anne Hathaway being Selina Kyle. Skeptical, just like they were when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker, way back when. And, as with Ledgers performance, people are going to be pleasantly surprised that Hathaways performance is spot on. 

She convincingly walks the line between confident and sexy cat burglar, ass kicking vigilante, and scared woman on the run. In both performance and appearance Hathaway's Catwoman pays homage to the great woman who have worn the cat suit before, like Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfifer. At the same time, this Catwoman is sexier, deadlier, and far more fascinating.

Tom Hardy as Bane could not have been better cast. Bane is tough, methodical and sinister. Not the silly drug-addicted, mindless brute displayed in Joel Schumacher's over-the-top, Batman & Robin(1997). I can go into the whole cast list and explain how amazing each one is, but the fact is, the whole cast does what they should and they do it very well. The newest additions, besides Anne and Tom, are Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. They were a welcome addition and lived up to the rest of the Star-studded cast. 

Gratefully, this finale did not fall into infamy as some trilogies have in the past. Spider-Man, The Matrix, and The Godfather all come to mind. Christopher Nolan knocks it up a notch by adding so many deep characters and putting twists on the classic Batman story arch. There are so many inserts from many of the different Batman comics out there. Christopher Nolan pulls the best aspect of each and compiles them into this film. He does it in such a way that adds realism and depth to the world of batman that has not been seen before in any comic-adapted film. 

There is almost too much story stuffed into this two-and-a-half hour finale, and yet you will be left wanting for more. From a perspective of someone who does not know the background of the Dark Knight, this film throws in a few twists and turns that put you on the edge of your seat till the very end. The action is very precise and fluid enough to not make you dizzy as some action heavy films tend to do. If you are a comic aware movie-goer, then you will not be disappointed in anyway what-so-ever. Unless, of course, you expect Robin to come in and say, “Holy rusted metal Batman!”

-Preston Standiferd

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