The Dark Knight Rises
Release year: 2012
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane (characters)
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman
Ratings: 1 Saturn Award: Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway).
Both physical and emotionel destroyed from the death of the woman he loves, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has not worn the cape in eight years, living a seclusive life in his mansion. But when the masked Bane (Tom Hardy) arrives and threatens to destory Gotham City Bruce once again feel the urge to protect his city. But after eight years away, is he up to facing the perhaps most dangerous enemy yet, or will this Bane be the one to break the bat?
With this, the final chapter in his magnificent and highly acclaimed Batman-trilogy, Christopher Nolan (Inception, 2010) continues to gather some of the finest acting talents to tell his intense action-filled tale of the dark knight. This time he is up against his strongest foe, both in sheer muscle strenght as well as in intellegence and a dangerous ability to manipulate. The masked monster is played by a magnificent Hardy (Locke, 2013) who completely disappears into his character. Like Heath Ledger did with The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008), Hardy is completely unregonizable, behind the mask and his shaved head he is tremendously intimidating and a perfect oposite to the black clad hero of Gotham. With his tall and broad stature and the inhuman look caused by the mask, Bane is a villain you truly fear to see Batman fight, making their confrontations that more tense. Another known character who was introduced to Nolan’s Batman universe is one who created a roar through fans when announced, the lovely Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. With the always excellent Hathaway (Interstellar, 2014) in the cat suit, Nolan has assured that noone will be spending time comparing her to Michelle Pfeiffer (whose potrying of Catwoman in Batman Returns from 1992 has been a fan favourite for some time) as the skilled actress makes the cat her own and does so looking smoking hot! Also on board are brilliant Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone, 2012) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, 2013) as the good police officer Blake who sees Wayne for what he is. The stellar newcomer cast doesn’t mean the old timers are overween. Bale delivers his most varied acting in the trilogy with his character fighting to rise from the dark pitt he has fallen into and both Oldman, Hardy and Caine also sees their characters go through deeper emotions and stronger performances as they each in their own way struggle with the consequences following the havoc caused by Bane. The action is once again impressive and the film is shot beautifully with Nolan having a knack for awestriking hero-moments and with the Bat gear expended with The Bat (designed for close-quarters urban military operations, comes in black) as well as welcome returns of the Batpod, Nolan has ended his dark knight-trilogy with bravour, leaving behind a legacy to be enjoyed again and again.
Christopher Nolan has said that this film’s theme deals with “Pain”. For Batman Begins, it was on “Fear”, while The Dark Knight deals on “Chaos”.
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