Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

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WARNING! THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

I went opening day to an IMAX showing and my gosh was this an amazing film! I thought it would be hard to match The Dark Knight, but Christopher Nolan proved that it could be done.

Picking up 8 years after The Dark Knight, Batman has been labeled the bad guy as he took the fall for Harvey Dent’s death. Bruce Wayne has been a recluse and only steps out of the house when a thief, Selena Kyle, steals his mothers pearls and raises questions about her true intent.

Meanwhile, Bane- a dangerous ex-student of Ra’s al Ghul, is planning to reek havoc on the city of Gotham with a nuclear bomb and not even the Cape Crusader may be able to stop him.

I loved how much was packed into this film- Dr. Jonathan Crane (aka Scarecrow) appeared as a judge for the Bane-occupied city, Bane breaking Batman’s back- which I was delighted that this straight from the comic made it, and not one but two true characters identities revealed!

The action sequences weren’t as grand and didn’t show off a lot of gadgets as The Dark Knight as this installment had more to do with heart and spirit than just trying to stop the bad guy, though it was completely fitting for the story. The explosions around Gotham was well done and the hand to hand combat between Batman and Bane was at times flinch inducing, but carried with it a lot of emotion.

Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman was very tolerable. Yes I would admit that I was a bit skeptical about the casting choice, but she delivered as a vixen and provided some memorable moments. Just better than both Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were welcomed additions and though it seemed like having five cast members from Nolan’s previous film, Inception, may seem overwhelming at first but it definitely doesn’t take away from what a great cast it is for this film.

Overall a highly recommended film that shouldn’t be missed this summer!

Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5

My condolences goes out to the victims and their loved ones of the Colorado movie theater shooting. A senseless act that no one should ever have to endure.

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