The Dark Knight Rises
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality
Genre: Adaptation, crime, sequel
Running Time 2 hours 44 minutes
It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning – in that instant – from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.
But…everything has changed once again.
A cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda has arrived on the scene. However, far more dangerous than the cat burglar is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. As he dons his cape and mask once again, the question remains…
Will Batman be a match for Bane?
The Long Awaited Sequel Has Arrived
Running into the night years ago, the much awaited and anticipated Batman sequel has hit the big screen. Four years have passed since the blockbuster hit The Dark Knight made it’s appearance on the big screen. Now the much anticipated third and final movie in the Batman Trilogy directed, produced and co-written by Hollywood great Christopher Nolan grabbed the number one spot on the weekend Box Office for its debut weekend in a very big way.
The story line puts us eight years since Batman disappeared from Gotham City after taking the fall for killing D.A. Harvey Dent. The Dent Law has pretty much cleaned up the streets of Gotham and Batman has hung up his cape. In the meantime, billionaire Bruce Wayne has also all but pretty much disappeared from Gotham too. His mansion rebuilt and his butler Alfred Pennyworth still takes care of him. But Wayne has become a recluse living in a distant wing of the mansion taking no visitors.
First off lets be clear – The Dark Knight Rises is NOT family-friendly. This PG-13 movie contains far too much violence and proves once again the need for a Rated M for mature audiences category. For the life of me I do not understand how parents will drag their young kids to a movie like this and then wonder why their kids get scared, scream, want to leave the theater and then have nightmares at night.
The Dark Knight Rises is NOT suitable for children.
Now that we have that out of the way lets move onto the review. Christopher Nolan does a superb job of nicely wrapping up his trilogy when it comes to the Batman franchise. Through the years he’s maintained an incredible story line thread and in The Dark Knight Rises does a great job at tying up any lose ends he may have left along the way. Not only are lose ends tied up, but for the Dark Knight enthusiasts this third installment has nice flashbacks to the earlier two movies tossed in as well. Of course not only does this make for an enjoyable time for those who saw the previous two movies, but it also makes it nice for those who have only seen this one.
As for acting talent – one of the true secrets to this trilogy revolves around the fact that the core cast has remained in tact. While it may not have been planned from the outset, with the departure of Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, the writers were wise to kill her character off in the second movie. That cleared the way for the mainstay characters all brilliantly portrayed by the likes of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman. In my opinion Michael Caine is the best Alfred Pennyworth since the days of the Adam West TV Batman series when Alfred was played by Alan Napier.
In The Dark Knight Rises we of course have the addition of new bad guys but also tossed in for good measure is the Batman fav character of Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway. While I wasn’t sure if Hathaway was up to the challenge, in the end, I have to say she plays the feline cat burglar quite well. Another new character also shows up as somewhat of a sidekick for Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon. 3rd Rock from the Sun’s Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a very admirable Detective John Blake. I do believe we may see him in future Batman type flicks if the franchise continues.
While The Dark Knight Rises is an action-packed two hour 44 minute wild ride, there are also a few emotional moments in the movie too. I saw an interview where Michael Caine said he cried during the movie. I wondered how in the world you could cry while watching Batman but I must admit there were a couple moments in the movie where I found a tear in my eye too.
Overall we really enjoyed this movie and that is obvious from our 4 Lloyd rating. Even though it clocks in at close to three hours, the movie does move along well keeping your attention throughout. If I wanted to be nit-picky I would say the prison theme we find Bruce Wayne in is a little long, but even that is needed to help tie the finer details of the script together. Probably making this movie a real gem is the fact there are at least three “I didn’t see that coming” moments! The Dark Knight Rises not only keeps you on the edge of your seat, but the surprise moments sprinkled in along the way keep you guessing too.
Enjoy the show!