The Dark Knight Rises: Movie Review

The Legend will never end 

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast & Crew: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman

Review: It’s been 8 years since the masked vigilantly went into hiding. After taking the blame for a murder he did not commit, Batman disappeared. And with him, so did Bruce Wayne. Hiding in his mansion, like a rundown warrior. Weak, frail, ignored and that’s how he would like it. Until the appearance of another masked outlaw – BANE. A terrorist who threatens to destroy Gotham City. Another league of shadows outcast, Bane threatens to fulfill his master’s destiny. 

Will the Bat come back from hiding to save his city? It’s a superhero movie, of course he will. But this is no ordinary superhero movie. This is a Christopher Nolan film. Batman doesn’t simply fly out on his cool toys and save the day again. Batman is human. He bleeds, he hurts, he fails and he falls. Now, in here lies the brilliance of The Dark Knight Rises. It shows the more human aspect of Batman, the failures, the trials, the suffering. But what makes him a superhero, is the will to go beyond the suffering, to see past the darkness, to overcome the failure. And Nolan is a master at his art when it comes to taking human emotions to another level.   

The Dark Knight Rises in plain words is nothing but a testament to rising above failure. Yes folks, Batman fails. Under the menacing power of Bane, he fails. But the movie isn’t called The Dark Knight Rises for nothing now is it?    

The Dark Knight Rises also throws come interesting new characters in the mix, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, who slips into the role with feline efficiency. Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a mark as Officer John Blake even with the little that he had to do and notably so Tom Hadry emotes beautifully with his eyes and body as the terrifying Bane. Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are honorable in their parts.   

Now, the big question that everybody is asking. Is it better that The Dark Knight? (A disclaimer before I answer: my apologies to all Nolanites)The answer, in brutal honestly, is NO. But it is terrifyingly close. There are places where it slows down due to the length, but when it picks up, it picks up with such vigor; you won’t know when the climax hit you.   

However, this one has many upgrades you will thoroughly enjoy as far as the firepower is concerned. The batmobile/tumbler looks like nothing compared to the cool new toys that Mr. Fox (Morgan Freeman) keeps adding to Batman’s armory. Besides that, hand to hand combat sequences have been used generously. Gotham is a city at war in The Dark Knight Rises, so Nolan has left nothing to the imagination when it comes to firepower and action in this one.   

The Dark Knight Rises in totality is a film with a lot of spirit. Especially the human spirit of endurance. A trait that has become synonyms with Batman as a character. Just like one sees in the entire series. Nolan is a magician when it comes to lifting any story and adding human spirit to it that never fails to inspire. So go discover Nolan’s mastery as he delivers yet another stellar Batman Movie that bears all his classic trademarks. Trademarks that fans seem to absolutely enjoy.   

Verdict: This seals the deal. The best superhero series on the big screen.  


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  1. barath

    July 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    My only question how is that you were able to give review when the movie is globally releasing on 20th.just out of curiosity.THX

    • Simpson

      July 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Previews, Special Screenings before release for chosen few

  2. Parth Patel

    July 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Masked vigilante, you mean. And use ‘spoiler alert!’ with the league of shadows outcast.

    • Gagan Bansal

      July 20, 2012 at 12:26 am

      hey buddy, anybody familiar with the batman universe knows about bane being a league of shadows outcast. it’s not a spoiler, it’s bloody history…

  3. Bhaskar

    July 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

    madam i am a huge fan of batman and yes i am very grateful to sir nolan and mr. bale for making such an honourable and mindblowing movie of the era the nolan’s batman trilogy…. ma’am truly speakin i m emotionally attached to the batman character from the time wen i was 4 …. nd yes sometimes i m upset tht why did batman rig those murder charges on himself which he did not commit but i m terrified to read it in your reveiw tht he loses againt tht bane ….. madam ur this reveiw has increaced my eagerness to watch this movie as soon as it hits the theatre nearby in my ton lucknow….

    • akash

      July 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      if anybody will read ur comment then instantly they will be having water in their eyes.. ur very huge fan of batman keep it up

  4. Suresh

    July 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    is it ok for a 4 year old?!

    • Amit

      July 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      he is the bane of all the pain

  5. Manas kajarekar

    July 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Though I am a total illiterate person about this HOLLYWOOD stuffs….i like this movie a llot like anything…superb direction & cinematography & acting….HATS OFF to sir noaln & Christian Bale & TEAM……!!!

  6. ankush

    July 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    awesome movie must watch !!!

  7. vamsidhar

    July 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    the dark knight was far better.this sequel lacked the action potential

  8. Naresh

    July 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    What an awesome movie. Better watch it in the IMAX screen. The movie is a masterpiece and Nolan’s screenplay is gripping throughout the movie. Also, please do not compare BANE with JOKER as they are 2 completely different villians with totally different notions. People who have read the comics and watched the original series do not need reviews to watch. Its just SUPER AWESOME!

  9. Ann

    July 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Awesome movie.. must watch. Batman will make you rise from your seat.

  10. aadetya1

    July 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

    for all those christopher noolan and batman fans this movie is simply visula treat,with amazing dialogues, and brutal villain and rise of dark knight from his hideout.ANNE HATHWAY in role of catwoman, or tom hadry as bane they just deliver their roles perfectly ……..must watch

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