So I might be a bit late to the party, but I finally managed to find some time to head to the cinema and see The Dark Knight Rises. The last couple of months the marketing campaign for the movie was in full force and it seemed that there wasn’t a place you wouldn’t read about it. You might not believe me, but I managed to steer clear of most set photos, previews and trailers. So I went in not knowing much about this final part of the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Gotham City has been fighting crime without its caped crusader. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is depressed after losing the love of his life and lives a life as a Howard Hughes recluse, with hardly anyone able to talk to him. When the city becomes under a very big threat though it’s time to get back into the bat suit. That threat is Bane (Tom Hardy), a masked villain who is very menacing.
Visually the movie is stunning and worth the admission price alone. Nolan stretches his muscles and delivers an action piece at the start of the movie which you won’t see in any other movie. Knowing this wasn’t done with CGI makes it even more impressive. Batman also has cool new toys to play with and it was a lot of fun to see.
Besides Bane other new characters are introduced in the form of Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and police officer Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Marion Cotillard as Miranda (who is interested in providing clean energy to the world), but there are even more. I don’t mind all these new characters, but unfortunately not enough time is spent on introducing all of them. This results in specific scenes that are needed for the story, but they miss emotional impact. An example is a love interest, as no time is spent on the development of the feelings Bruce Wayne has and because of that I didn’t believe he cared so much about her. It happens to a lot of pieces of the story and that’s a shame. The movie should either have been longer or some stuff would need to be cut to make it tighter.
If you think I didn’t like the movie you would be mistaken as there is a lot to like. One of the things I loved the most was Michael Caine’s performance, who gives the movie the needed emotion and heart. Is this movie the best one in the trilogy? I still think the previous one is, but if you are looking for a lot of spectacle then the Dark Knight Rises delivers.