The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – 7/10 superhero movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Writer (Story): Christopher Nolan
Writer (Story): David S. Goyer
Christian Bale: Bruce Wayne / Batman
Gary Oldman: Commissioner Gordon
Anne Hathaway: Selina Kyle
Michael Caine: Alfred Pennyworth
Tom Hardy: Bane
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Officer Blake

Dark Knight Rises, The (2012)

Eight years after the murder of Harvey Dent by Batman spurred Gotham into giving their law enforcement agencies and courts some teeth, the streets have been cleaned of organised crime and Batman has not been needed. With Rachel dead, though, Bruce Wayne has been an unfocused recluse, physically and mentally rusty. An encounter with a beautiful thief and a boardroom threat to Wayne Enterprises drag him back to reality and he realises that Gotham may not be as healthy as he presumed and that the Batman may be needed once more.


Nolan’s less intense, more fun, threequel has a lot of really cool stuff, tidy, if anachronistic, one-liners, a genuine sense of scale and gives Bale’s Batman an impressive-feeling end story. The decision to make Batman weaker through lack of practice to enable his defeat and brilliantly linking the plot to Batman Begins is surprising, clever, satisfying and convincing. But, there are too many questions and unconvincing hops through the agreeably ambitious plot. How does Gordon’s resignation speech help anything other than the plot? Why does Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s otherwise cool copper know Bruce Wayne is Batman? How does Bane’s plan reset the status quo in Gotham and why does it not involve his own safety? Rises is certainly captivating and interesting and cements Nolan’s Batman films as one of the great trilogies, but it never nails the hero moments the way Begins did and the finalĂ© was done far better in The Iron Giant.

This movie contains bad language and strong melee violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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