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The Dark Knight Rises



Released: 20th July 2012

Certificate: 12a

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Micahel Caine

Reviewer:Ross Goddard

After the long, massive build up, we are here to possibly one of the biggest movies of all time. The 3rd and final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The sheer monumental scale of this occasion is incredible. When the first of the series hit ‘Batman Begins’, it was like ‘wow, this is different’, and faded away memories of Arnie spewing poor one liners as Mr. Freeze. Then it was time for the ‘The Dark Knight’, which with all the circumstances around it with the untimely death of Heath Ledger, turned out to be an absolute classic, and I don’t use those words lightly. What Ledger did leave us with was, his finest performance, as the Joker, and possibly the best ‘baddie’ ever. Nolan proved himself a master film maker, and the film world was humbled to him.

As for this review I have decided not to talk plot or what happens, except, we find a broken man in Bruce Wanye (Christian Bale), 8 years later down the line of ‘The Dark Knight’. But with a new threat in Gothem City in the sinister Bane (Tom Hardy). Will the Batman come out of retirement? Even though we have all seen the adverts, with him in, So we kind of guess he will….That’s all I am saying.

Big question, does this live up to the hype? Yes. Nolan, once again has created something chocked full of anarchy and emotion to the fullest. Chris and David S. Goyer has created a very complexed story, that hits you with twists and turns at all corners. With a bit of a slow build up, this is totally justified for what you will experience. Visually, it looks as good as the other two films.

Hurrah, finally Christian Bale seems to be one of the standouts, with someone who, I can be a bit of a harsh critic on, he does a fine job, where the main focus point is his struggles of being Batman and Bruce Wayne. Tom Hardy as Bane, is one massive beast of a man, and was casted right for the role, this time Bane says just more then two words. Anne Hathaway is fantastic as Cat burglar Selina Kyle. Ladies you can keep your ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’, we can have our Catwomen. She Brings the sex appeal. Of course the backing cast of acting royalty, Caine, Freeman and Oldman, never disappoint. With added new addition of Joseph Gordon Levitt, just strengthens it.

I will admit ‘The Dark Knight’ just pips this, for one single reason, Heath Ledger as the Joker. But other then that, it’s stands right up next to it. Some people will probably get put off the length of the film, but as I said, it’s worth it.

Nolan has worked his magic again, and pulled an ace out of the bag. With great performances and a story with bite. It would make a lot of directors scared to even attempt to do a superhero movie.

Fan of ‘Anne Hathaway’? MM reviews for ‘Love and Other Drugs’ and ‘One Day’

Fan of ‘Joseph Gordon Levitt’? MM reviews for ‘Inception’ and ‘500 Days Of Summer’


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