Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer(s): Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Studio: Legendary Pictures, DC Comics
Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Superhero, Drama
Running Time: 165 Minutes
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Rated: PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements
Eight years after defeating the Joker and taking the blame for the murder of Harvey Dent, a new villain emerges that pulls Bruce Wayne back into his old life as Batman. After being in hiding for almost a decade, Bruce is a broken man, still mourning the death of his childhood love. When a dangerous militant named Bane escapes his captors, he brings a war to Gotham, destroying the city, and trapping the citizens of Gotham on their island with a nuclear bomb. Bane’s goal is to finish the job that The League of Shadows failed to do over a decade ago, and to destroy Batman and his legacy forever. Batman must trust in a young, fearless detective, and the less than ethical Selina Kyle (AKA Catwoman) to help destroy Bane and save Gotham.
This movie is the second best of the trilogy, and if I can be more accurate, I would rate it at a 3.75 out of 4. The only thing that pulls it back from being on level of The Dark Knight is that there are just too many things going on at once in this movie. The Dark Knight had three story lines, Batman, the Joker, and Harvey Dent. The Dark Knight Rises has Batman, Catwoman, Bane, and Detective John Blake. Combine this with many more substantial characters than the Dark Knight, the viewer is having to follow along with a lot. This is my only real complaint, as Tom Hardy is terrific as Bane (No, I am not going to complain about his voice, as short of a line or two I couldn’t understand, I loved it). Christian Bale is great as usual, and Joseph-Gorden Levitt does a wonderful job portraying his character, and (SPOILER ALERT) establishing his character to take over the reigns of Bruce Wayne. The first fight scene between Bane and Batman is powerful, Nolan did a wonderful job letting the audience almost feel every blow, and Anne Hathaway is well-suited to portray Catwoman in more ways than one (wink).
Overall this was on par with the Dark Knight, but just fell slightly short, and let’s face it, as great as Tom Hardy is as Bane, there was no chance of him topping the Joker. Nolan once again hit a home run, and I am honestly sad we won’t be seeing another chapter in his version of Batman.