The Legend Ends
Running Time: 164 minutes
UK Certificate: 12A
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Christopher Nolans The Dark Knight undoubtedly set the benchmark for the modern serious comic book caper so the final instalment in the series was always going to struggle to live up to the hype. It doesnt quite make it but The Dark Knight Rises still manages to be a flawed cinematic event.
Batmans nemesis this time round is the masked man-mountain Bane (Hardy) think the Hulk but not green and with a little more chat who holds Gotham City to ransom with a futuristic bomb. This time Batman (Bale) not only has to battle a man who is infinitely stronger than him but also public opinion as the climax of TDK left Batman as a fugitive and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne as a recluse. The man in black works alongside Chief Commissioner Jim Gordon (Oldman) as usual but also enlists the help of Catwoman (Hathaway) and Blake, a young idealistic police officer (Gordon-Levitt).
With his massive strength, charismatic (although sometimes difficult to understand) voice and stylish range of clothing from Topman Bane is pretty cool but hes no Heath Ledgers The Joker although to be fair not many screen villains have come close. Inadvisably, Nolan has tried to throw in every single Batman-related character possible here, with even Scarecrow (Murphy) making a baffling, fleeting appearance, and the introduction of a messed up, out-of-place Catwoman doesnt really work. The Dark Knight Rises is also a little too gimmicky with cheesy lines spouted everywhere and far too much technology involved you would hope that a superhero that can fly around in a helicopter-plane whenever he wants could save the day with his eyes closed.
But once again in the vein of The Dark Knight and Inception the scale, bombastic confidence and brains of Nolans film are the saving points. Tales of redemption, fiendishly criminal masterplans, dystopian futures, and some serviceable plot twists keep the rather long running time ticking over and entertaining throughout, even if it doesnt get started until a little too late. For best results, see it for what it is not Nolans best but an enjoyable adult comic book thriller nevertheless.
It's Got: Brains and balls, a very emotional Alfred, exciting action and plot, a cop-out ending
It Needs: To be tidier and more compact, less peripheral characters
Certainly a great action spectacle but this time it’s a slightly flawed cinematic event from Christopher Nolan.