‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Review

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 The Dark Knight Rises Review

At the time of writing this  The Dark Knight Rises review, it is impossible to view the finale to the story of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego, Batman, as just a movie. The film arrives on a wave of massive hype, yet it is still trying to outrun the long shadow of its predecessor, The Dark Knight - a film that not only set a new bar for what a comic book movie could be, but also blew away critics, snagged two Oscars, and excited fans to the tune of a $1 billion worldwide box office. TDK also changed the course of the industry by launching the “full IMAX” trend in filmmaking, and even coerced the Oscars to expand its Best Picture category to include more nominees (after Nolan’s film was snubbed).

In that sense, it’s almost impossible for The Dark Knight Rises to meet the level of expectation facing it – but has Chris Nolan managed to end his Batman legend on a note that will at once please fans and critics, tie off the story in proper fashion, and still deliver the biggest and best blockbuster movie experience of the year?

The answer to those looming questions is…sort of. The Dark Knight Rises does bring Nolan’s trilogy full-circle to a well-earned conclusion, and features a number of big blockbuster moments and will likely please many fans (and critics) – but it also stumbles in its execution of said conclusion, never really captures the sheer spectacle of films like The Dark Knight or Inception, and will ultimately leave some fans (and critics) cold with its very unique take on the Batman mythos.

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Christian Bale and Michael Caine in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Combining elements of Batman comic book storylines like “Knightfall,” “Knight Quest,” “No Man’s Land,” and “The Dark Knight Returns,” we pick up eight years after the events of The Dark Knight and are re-introduced to a Gotham City where organized crime has been effectively curtailed – thanks to the strict mandates of the “Harvey Dent Act.” Of course, that progress has been made based on a lie about how Harvey Dent died – a lie that has nearly crushed the spirits of Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), the latter of whom has all but vanished into reclusion, as his “true” face, The Batman, is no longer needed (or wanted) on the streets.

However, the sudden appearance of a costumed thief (Anne Hathaway) heralds the rise of a great evil from deep within the bowels of Gotham: Bane (Tom Hardy), a ruthless and cunning terrorist who has come to the city to enact a plan that will take everything both Bruce Wayne and Batman have been fighting for, and twist it into a weapon used to destroy Gotham and the souls of its people. Bruce tries to don the cape and cowl again, but his time away has made both his spirit and body soft, while Bane is as hardened a villain as they come.

With foes at every turn, and his city under siege, Bruce Wayne must rediscover the strength within that made him Batman in the first place – and this time, he’ll need help from friends like Gordon, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), the unscrupulous Selina Kyle (Hathaway) and rookie cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), if he hopes to win the war against an army of criminals and mercenaries that Bane sets loose on the streets of Gotham.

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Director Chris Nolan has crafted his most visually sophisticated Batman movie yet, and from a directorial standpoint, The Dark Knight Rises is a pretty stunning achievement. From the set pieces, to the brilliant visual iconography, to the action sequences that seem to never stop and almost always thrill (at least somewhat), the film is just visually impressive. With a significant chunk of the footage having been shot using IMAX cameras, TDKR isn’t just visually impressive; it’s visually impressive on a massive scale. No question about it: pay for the IMAX upgrade, because without it, you’re only getting half of the experience this film offers.

Batman Begins was a standard superhero origin tale (as uniquely constructed by Chris Nolan); The Dark Knight was more of an intricate crime drama than a superhero flick. In terms of story, The Dark Knight Rises is very much a war drama – a fact that may be off-putting to some viewers looking for “the comic book movie experience.” Those who still (stubbornly) cling to the notion that the Nolan Bat-films should be more pulpy fun and less gritty drama will find that this finale delivers even more of what they disliked about TDK - the dark and gritty tone, the lengthy and convoluted story – this time without the balance of a villain (and performance) as stunningly charismatic and fun as Heath Ledger’s Joker.

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Bane (Tom Hardy) in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

As for the villain we do get: Tom Hardy’s Bane isn’t as lively as The Joker – and some fanboys will say not as complex or engaging as his comic book counterpart – but he does serve his purpose here, which is to function not as a unique character so much as an exaggerated vision of our worst fears about terrorism, embodied in a man. Hardy manages to bring the villain a bit of depth using just his eyes and body language as tools of expression – an impressive performance that may get largely overlooked due to the (sure to be pervasive) sentiment that Bane isn’t as “cool” a villain as someone like The Joker.

Anne Hathaway offers the biggest surprise performance, shedding her own doe-eyed persona to fully inhabit the character of Selina Kyle, a master thief who plays by her own set of often ambiguous morals. Selina (better known, but never referred to in the film as “Catwoman”) steals virtually every scene she’s in, thanks to a mix of sultry allure, sharp wit, and impressive physicality. Hathaway definitely leaves her own stamp on the character, delivering in both the action and dramatic moments required of her.

To his credit, Nolan’s “Catwoman” is easily his best-written and casted female character to date – an area where the acclaimed director has been continuously criticized. By comparison, Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate is pretty much a standard Nolan one-note  female character (despite some effort to develop her), and doesn’t prove to be as interesting as she could’ve been.

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Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt steps up to offer a compelling performance as John Blake, an obscure Batman comic book character refashioned here as a young cop who struggles with the idea of working within the system of law and order, leading him to ally with Batman and Commissioner Gordon. Levitt has the tendency to seem boyish in a lot of his roles - Inception(500) Days of Summer - but in this film he  broadens his range as a mature tough-as-nails cop with a big heart and sharp mind. In the middle act of the film – where screenwriters Chris Nolan, Johnathan Nolan and David S. Goyer threaten to let things meander too far – Gordon-Levitt (with a helping hand from Hathaway) manages to carry the film, despite the fact that he’s wearing a simple police uniform, rather than some elaborate superhero costume.

The returning cast members are split down the middle in terms of what they’re given to do in this final chapter. Christian Bale gets to exercise much more acting muscle outside of the mask this time – and in many ways, Dark Knight Rises is a Bruce Wayne story, rather than a Batman story. Bale brings his character to a close with a nuanced and carefully-layered performance, and if there are any who still doubt that he is the best Bruce Wayne/Batman we’ve seen, it’ll be hard for them to prove that point once they’ve had a look at Dark Knight Rises.

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John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Michael Caine trades his usual comic relief schtick for a surprisingly earnest and emotional turn as Bruce Wayne’s butler/confidant/surrogate father, Alfred Pennyworth. Here we find an Alfred worn down by his own failure to spare Bruce the life of darkness and pain he’s fashioned for himself – and in that sense, Nolan and Caine delve deeper into the character than any other depiction – on the comic book page or screen – ever has. It’s a rewarding venture.

Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) are given far less to do in this film, as their functions in the narrative – moral support and guidance for Bruce Wayne/Batman – are largely delegated to some of the new players (Levitt). Other character actors make appearances in some minor roles, but by and large, the ensemble works very well. Hans Zimmer’s music for this film only captures a fraction (albeit, a large one) of the greatness found in his Dark Knight score, while conversely, the photography and cinematography of longtime Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister are better than ever.

The Nolan Brothers and David S. Goyer’s script for Dark Knight Rises will probably be the biggest point of contention amongst fans. As stated, this is a war drama (with obvious shades of A Tale of Two Cities influence) but the story is able to incorporate real-world socio-political subtext into its narrative, without leaning on it too heavily. This is both a good and bad thing, since that timely subtext provides substance to go along with this pulpy world of superhero fantasy – but ultimately, the filmmakers decide to elevate the pulp over other food for thought, negating much of what that rich subtext tries to introduce.

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Batman and Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Of the three lengthy acts in the film, Act 1 is something of a rushed affair (handled with the usual Nolan break-neck-speed editing techniques), while Act 2 is a montage of events that push the new characters center stage, while the established primary characters are relegated to the background (a transition that, again, will leave some fans cold). Act 3 of The Dark Knight Rises brings things to an end in spectacular fashion, with big blockbuster set pieces and a poignant, rousing, conclusion that will leave fans celebrating the character so many of them have loved or been inspired by.

While Nolan’s Batman finale isn’t perfect, and may not be the greatest installment of the trilogy, it does manage to solidify this three-part tale of the Batman legend as one of the best ever told – in any medium – while also delivering (one of) the best blockbuster movie experiences of the summer.

The Dark Knight Rises is now playing in theaters everywhere. It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.

For an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant team check out our Dark Knight Rises episode of the SR Underground podcast.

Please Do Not discuss Dark Knight Rises SPOILERS here! For discussion of the film, head over to our Dark Knight Rises SPOILER DISCUSSION page. For the “True IMAX” Experience, check out this list of 70mm IMAX Theaters.

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4 out of 5
(Excellent)

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  1. Irish Batmin approves.

  2. Yeah, totally agree. Good words.

  3. Suck a bag of lollipops. I like lollipops.

  4. Mr. Nolan’s Batman films have officially become the first and only trilogy whose third film doesn’t suck.

    • Toy Story 3; Back to the Future;

      • Oops I meant SUPERHERO trilogy.

        SORRY ABOUT THAT FOLKS! :D

      • Toy Story 3 did suck for me, and back to the future wasnt that great

    • ever hear of lord of the rings?

      • Lord Of The Rings?…That complete trilogy sucks.

        • you are definitely in the minority with that opinion, but to each their own

      • Lord of the Rings (according to Kevin Smith)

        1st Movie = Them walking up the mountain.
        2nd Movie = Them continuing to walk up the mountain and avoiding any potential danger.
        3rd Movie = Dropping the ring in the lava.

        Yeah, the LotR trilogy is a masterpiece, but those movies aren’t really that enjoyable to watch over and over again.

        • LMFAO

        • kevin smith is his own biggest fan, and he hasnt made a descent movie since clerks 2

        • Speak for yourself. The LOTR trilogy are some of my favorite films. I plan on rewatching them (the extended versions) before The Hobbit is released just to re-immerse myself into Middle Earth.

  5. 9.2 for me

  6. I will admit the first hour was a choppy and there was to much going on. But after that, the next 1 hour and 45 minutes is some of the most spectacular moments ever put on screen

    • yes, a perfect analogy would be the first 8 episodes of a Game of Thrones season and cramming ‘em all in just one hour lol

      That is why I think there’s going to be a better DVD/blu ray version and it will be amazing

      • I have to say the film is extremely well written. I thought Hathaway as Selena Kyle was well done. She surprised me as to how well she played the character. I agree with people that the time was too long in the beginning but I do see why they did it. It serves a purpose and Hardy as Bane was awesome although not as good as Ledger as the Joker but it’s a different villian with different purposes. I was fearful in that Nolan would fall into the “final chapter sucked” list but he really pulled it off and the great thing is that he left room for the next person to build upton it. 4.5 out of 5 for me. Is it better than the Avengers? The action portion, I would say no. Is it better written than the Avengers? I think so, IMO

  7. Fantastic review, Kofi. This is one of the few reviews that (to me) sort of captures the film just right. I think it has a lot of shortcomings but benefits from going big and ending the story – whether it was deserved or not I couldn’t help being moved by the ending.

    Actually, in this case I think splitting it into two movies might actually have benefited it. It definitely had a solid story going for it, just not nearly enough time to develop and flesh out all the characters and arcs.

  8. Ok Guys on a rated scale which movie was better The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises?

    • The Avengers.

      Obviously. :D

      • personal preference but avengers, while good, was sorely lacking. The characters are great, but not given anything emotional to work with. Would have expected something more from Thor/Loki story. Captain America was made to be a wimp, especially in his fight with Loki which ended with Stark saving him. It was very tv like in how it presented itself and resolved everything. So that’s my little squabble with that movie.

    • That’s like comparing apples to oranges. I happen to like apples more, so the Dark Knight Rises was the better movie.

    • Who cares it’s personal opinion anyway. Blah these comparisons are LAME. And I saw Avengers three times. However I think the spongebob squarepants movie can’t be topped. See what I did there.

    • Avengers still wins as better movie. Batman was good but avengers was better and has kicked off an entire new branch of film making. This is coming from a person who loves DC and loves batman mind you.

    • Definately TDKR. Better made and told. Avengers was basically a Transformers movie but actually good. TDKR is less conventional than Avengers

      I prefer good filmmaking over popcorn stuff and I especially love a combo of both so I prefer TDKR.
      But don’t go in expecting a better movie than TDK, expect a great movie with fantastic directing and story telling (especially the first with its amazing cinematography)

    • The Dark Knight Rises was better. The Avengers was very good, no doubt about that, but it was just about Superheroes, who (mostly) took their “SuperHero” title for granted. But with all the sacrifices that BATMAN makes, he is not just being a hero, he is being something more, which makes the movie more realistic.

    • They’re so different but I enjoyed The Avengers more.

      • @ Rob Keyes

        Agreed.

    • Avengers is the more entertaining movie, easy to follow plot, solid action sequences and great cgi.

      TDKR is the better film, great screenplay, excellent cinematography and stunt work (minimal cgi), top notch acting, mature themes.

      TDKR attempts to do more therefore is criticized more. It all boils down to taste, I enjoy excellent storytelling and great performances, TDKR is a better film for me and its only competition is TDK. =)

    • I personally preferred “The Avengers” they got the characters right, and it had less plot holes. It didn’t pretend to be anything less than a superhero extravaganza. I felt Dark Knight Rises had some interesting themes and ideas, but they got so much wrong on Bruce Wayne, and it could have been way better if they tightened it up. I thought Catwoman and John the cop stole the movie. Id give Dark Knight Rises 7 out of 10 for the fact it was well made and well acted, and Avengers 8.5 out 10 for being a great popcorn flick and bringing to life the things we love about Marvel.

      Read Harry’s review on AICN , its pretty dead on what I feel. Hes definately harder on the film than I am.

      I still like Batman Begins the best.

    • Avengers was a great movie and right up there in probably the top 5 superhero movies of all time but I honestly think DKR is much better. It’s hard to compare the two movies but dollar for dollar DKR hits it out of the park capturing every emotion possible in a realistic setting that actually makes you believe a superhero walk among us. To me, Avengers while great in its own right could be considered a bit ‘cartoony’ while DKR does not have that feel. In addition, Dark Knight Rises did not have to crack over 100 comedy lines either.

      Again, since these superhero movies are so different especially when you’re comparing one hero against a group of heroes. However, if you must compare and ask which is better – Dark Knight Rises without question. Another way I look at it, I think I’d get tired of watching Avengers multiple times on DVD after a while. Dark Knight Rises is one of those rare movies (of any genre) that will never get old no matter how many times you watch it.

      Rating on a 1 – 10 scale (10 being the best)
      Dark Knight Rises – 9.5
      Avengers – 8.5

    • you really can’t compare the two. The Avengers is summer block buster goodness aimed at fanboys who will kill a b***h if you screw with continuity and is generally marketed to all age groups. TDKR isn’t marketed for all age groups as it is much darker in nature and tone, not to mention batman is a bit of a masochist in the level of things he’ll sacrifice to defend order against the various villians who want to bring chaos to Gotham. One is a movie where you know it’ll be a happy ending because of space magic or what not, the other is one where anything could happen and that Batman is only a deeply flawed human.

  9. you didn’t go into detail about action and fight choreography, is it the same as BB where we dont get to see anything or is it like TDK where everyone looks like they’re having a dance off ?

    i want to watch this but the lengthy duration, nolan’s unrealistic dialogue/characters and pacing issues turn me off, might check it out on cheap night, but that’s a big might since i found most of TDK to be boring (only good parts where with the joker) and found BB to be one big fast cut/shaky camfest of an origin movie (though it was half decent in terms of narrative).

    • I do agree with you on his dialogues in the Batman films, they’re not terrible but they’re way too… shakespearean? in the sense that the characters are talking in a strange prose and evaluating some situations . . . There’s still some of that but it’s more emotional than TDK and BB. So basically, those unrealistic evaluations are pretty much replaced with emotional dialogues.

      And the fight scenes are either just awesome or a negative. Depends, it’s more… traditional and straightforward. Like the past two where no one is being the Neo, it’s like a Bruce Lee fight . . . so I dunno how it sounds right now lol ([pretty ridiculous i’m guessing) but I do not think you’ll enjoy it as much as others did.
      The Choreography is well done and pretty messy, i said “and” not “but” so it’s a good thing.
      So I guess you’ll enjoy the story and filmmaking but probs not the dialogue.

  10. Thanks for the great review – and for saving me some money. You’ve effectively confirmed that this movie is going to be too lacking in the “pulpy fun” that I’m “stubbornly” looking for. I wouldn’t have thought Batman would ever lose his allure for me, but I have to say that the Marvel movies have pretty much ruined Batman for me, at least for now. Maybe the next version will return to something closer to Tim Burton’s take. As for “Rises”, I guess I’ll wait for HBO to get it.

  11. It just could have been shorter and the first half could have been done well, This could have been one of the best. Don’t get me wrong, It’s still pretty awesome.

  12. This is an excellent, in-depth review of TDKR. In tone, it reminds me of my own reaction to seeing TDK the first time – I was slightly off-kilter, intellectually stimulated but blown away by Ledger’s performance, and hooked (as in I *had* to go back and watch it a few times). It took a while and several viewings to really appreciate TDK properly.

    TDK is one of those things that is too big to really appreciate in one sitting.

    I wonder if TDKR will prove to be the same?

    • (Oops, sent too soon – sorry!)

      This is why I am going to wait a few months before reviewing TDKR.

  13. AS I thought, Nolan couldn’t outdo TDK ;)

  14. I had an issue with all the plot holes. Most of the were used to set up the awesome second half, but still could’ve been done better

  15. good review.I can see your points..however it was still friggin awesome

  16. [Comment removed for trollish spoilers] – Moderator

    • If I could spam you, I would. People, this guy is just being a jerk. . .

    • dude go into the discussion section before you reveal things. why would you post that???!!!

      • He’s just being an ass. Can someone quickly nuke this before more people get screwed?

        • I have nuked the comment and the commenter. If this keeps up, we’ll be closing down this comment thread and directing everybody to the spoilers thread.

          That guy was just being an ass to be an ass.

          • hey i wasnt being an ass, i clearly stated there was spoilers… smh… can none of you read?? i was just wanted to share my veiw on that particular part of the film…. if it clearly says spoilers read at your own risk then why would you continue to read it if you didnt want to know… smh…

            you should be clearer with your rules and regulations if anything…

            “Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.”
            if i am not correct this is the only rule you state above the comments section.

            • The spoiler tag was at the bottom of the statement. Now go back to under your rock.

      • The tag was before the spoiler but whatever

    • Yeah you bet those are spoilers. Apparently you don’t read very well.

    • Jerk

  17. I see so many comparisons to The Avengers but these movies are so different from each other it’s ridiculous to compare the two besides being comic book hero movies. Let’s just enjoy both!

  18. I’d give this one a 4.5 again, just like TDK cus it’s a brilliantly made movie.
    I saw a very rushed first act and a loopy second act, probs of the time restriction from Warners but it was nonetheless a great movie with a great story and filmmaking. My favorite Batman movie by far, brings a whole new level to the Batverse and reminded me why I love this character. I can’t wait for the Blu-ray extended cut where the plot holes are fixed and the story can take a breath :D

    For me it’s like this

    BB – a very high * * * *

    TDK – * * * * 1/2 – easily the best movie

    TDKR – * * * * 1/2 – so close to being a perfect film! I could have been waaay better than TDK but it was rushed even if it was almost 3 hours long lol. Dammit, why can’t films be as long as Lawrence of Arabia now days?

    And TDKR is best film I have seen this year yet. It’s better than Southern Wild as well (Which the scores of both movies are f8ked in RT and metacritic cus of some frustrating critics who should’ve given a 4/5 – 5/5 and some who just nitpicked the hell out of the movie and lowered the movie to a 2/5 . . . I srsly hate nitpicking as an excuse, degrades critics for me, well at least Avengers is a 70 . . .)

  19. Not reading the review yet (unless there were no spoilers? – in that case, someone please let me know because I’d love to read the review ASAP!), but I checked out the score and I’m a little surprised. I thought it would get a higher rating… then again, it would have been a massive task to improve on TDK.

    Still incredibly pumped to see it this Sunday though. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so for all I know, it’ll end up being the best of the trilogy.

    • No worries, it’s one of the most spoiler-free reviews I’ve read (unlike that evil Time review). I’d say read it, it lets you see why it’s ‘just’ four stars – I think you’ll find it awesome regardless.

      • Thanks man, I’ve read the review and it is, as expected from Kofi’s reviews, extremely well written.
        Unfortunately now I’ll have to wait another 2 days before I’ll get to see whether I agree with it or not…

  20. Check out this Dark Knight Parody that some Discovery Channel fans and employees put together for Shark Week. It’s pretty silly but there are some great scenes in there.

    • Went to go see the Dark Knight last night and loved it. Such a fan of these movies that I had to help in the making of the Shark Knight as well. Love it.

  21. This is the best Batman movie, its so good and Bane is brilliant and his voice is just awesome.
    If someone said their favorite Batman movie was Batman begins, The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises in this trilogy then you really cant argue with them because each of these films are brilliant.
    This isnt a spoiler but the ending is perfect and it felt great seeing Alfred there.

    • also i just want to add that the music in this film was perfect, i may actually do something ive never done before and get the soundtrack to this film if it exists later.

    • Absolutely. It’s nice when an old man’s fondest wish comes true.

  22. Took the kid and her best friend to the Dark Trilogy showing at the AMC theaters. It was a sold out show, with those in attendance having pre-ordered their tickets. I must admit that seeing “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”, “The Dark Knight Rises” back to back from 6pm Thursday to 3am Friday added to the experience of the final film.

    I’ve never been into comic books, and only watched a some of the episodes of the TV show. My childhood friend Rex was the Batman fan and it was in his company I’d watch these. However, I’ve never missed a Batman movie.

    Out of all the Batman films, this trilogy has brought the comic book character into the real world. Batman is much more believable and sympathetic compared to the ones portrayed by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and others who have given life to the character. Not to diminish their efforts, but Christian Bale’s interpretation is leagues ahead. Previous films often have been hijacked by the villain’s performance. Jim Carey as the The Riddler and Jack Nicholson as The Joker come to mind.

    But even the late Heath Ledger’s brilliant performance as The Joker in the “Dark Knight” didn’t manage to steal the movie away from its namesake.

    I’ve never cared for Anne Hathaway as an actress. BUT WOW! Absolutely blew Halle Berry’s Catwoman away. New found respect for Ms. Hathaway as an actress. Emotions for the character were all over the map. I hated Catwoman. I sympathized with Catwoman. I felt sorry for Catwoman, and at the end of the film I was cheering for Catwoman and loved her!

    If you ever watched the TV series, and always wondered about Batman and Catwoman, you’ll want to see this film.

    I agree with most of the technical aspects of the review presented here, but don’t think they detract from the film. Nothing is ever perfect, and I think that if they had attempted to rectify them, the film would have run even longer and might have become bogged down in minutiae.

    Absolutely a must see.

    We’re talking about going and seeing it again.

  23. I’m glad I missed whatever comment that jerk posted. Great review Kofi, very well written. Thank you for not spoiling anything.

  24. 9/10 for me. At first blush I don’t know if it was better than TDK. I need to see it again but I really enjoyed it and am sad to see bale done as the dark knight.

    For the few flaws and few “surprises” that were pretty apparent, I loved the movie.

    I also thought, strangely, it wasn’t as bleak as TDK. Granted it was pretty dark and grim, but feels like i could watch again without going into depression. Lol

  25. I will have to see this movie at least a couple more times before I decided which Nolan Batman is my “favorite.” The three are so wildly different– an pulpy origin film, a grisly crime drama and an apocalyptic disaster film– that they almost defy comparison. But all three have been spectacular.

  26. @JTHAll of course she blew Halle Berry away… The movie can barely be considered a Catwoman movie…

    This movie was spectacular, saw it at an advanced screening at 3 Pm then on IMAX at Midnight. Now going again today at 5!

    I advise everyone to spend the money for IMAX.

    • Hey Scotty, thanks for your thoughts. I’ll check out the movie on IMAX since everyone has decided they do want to go see it again.

    • Maybe because the IMAX theater I saw it in was one of those IMAX “lite” theaters, I feel that the only thing IMAX brought was a higher ticket price. If all you have is one of those smaller IMAX screens, I would suggest to not waste your money and see it on a regular screen. However, if you have a REAL IMAX screen, I would imagine it would be worth the extra money.

  27. You can’t really compare the avengers and the dark knight rises, The Avengers was more comedic, but the dark knight rises was more of an emotional feeling. they were both great films.

  28. Bale’s Batman – the best? me thinks not. Happy Batman: Adam West OWNS this character. Sad Batman: Michael Keaton owns this character. These two representations are so iconic that they set the bar and have been copied since their inceptions (lol)… Regardless of how good these new bat films are. Now it’s all done – give me burton and keaton and BATMAN BEYOND. Don’t reboot AGAIN – MOVE ON…

  29. Christopher Nolan is a genius!!! He ended with a bang!

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