Director Christopher Nolan is back with another groundbreaking film, the third and final installment of the Batman franchise, "The Dark Knight Rises". The film stars Christian Bale as the dark caped crusader Batman and wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne. Michael Caine is back as the caring butler of Bruce Wayne, Alfred. Gary Oldman reprises his role as the fearless Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox creator of all the tech savvy products Batman owns. The film welcomes newcomers, Anne Hathaway as the slinky, mischievous Selina Kyle and the butt-kicking Catwoman, Tom Hardy as the evil villain Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, trusted CEO of Wayne Enterprises and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as police officer John Blake. "The Dark Knight Rises" takes place eight years after "The Dark Knight", and focuses on Batman being blamed for the death of Harvey Dent, and how Gotham declares him the enemy. Distraught and depressed, Batman disappears. Bruce Wayne has not been seen for eight years, and it’s not until the evil, ruthless villain Bane attempts to take over Gotham City and turn it to ashes that Wayne decides to fight back. Can Batman get back into shape, suit up and protect the city that once hailed him a hero or will Bane take over and destroy everything Batman has left?
"The Dark Knight Rises" was truly phenomenal. Nolan is a genius at his craft. He knows his audience; he knows that comic book fans, moviegoers and Batman fans have been waiting for this film for four years, and that it would be quite difficult to top "The Dark Knight" especially after Heath Ledger’s perfect, uncanny portrayal of the psychotic freak, The Joker. This film is claimed to be the most anticipated film of the summer, but by some it may be claimed to be the most anticipated film of the year. "The Dark Knight Rises" is thrilling from start to finish, not a single moment is boring or unimportant. As a suggestion, since Nolan brought certain elements from the first and second film into this final one, try to catch the first two films before catching this one, there are a few delightful surprises and cameos that brings everything full circle.
The acting in this film is superb. Bale is a dedicated, believable performer in his portrayal of a beaten down man that has lost everything and then becoming the strong vengeful Batman everyone roots for. Hathaway was good as both Selina Kyle and Catwoman, but her voice sometimes got in the way, at times she came off as though she was trying a bit too hard. But, she was funny, strong and held her own in a film dominantly starring men. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was great as the lovable police officer John Blake. He’s a small, average guy that is filled with hope and constantly striving to do the right thing. Tom Hardy was great as Bane, he was beyond intimidating. His scenes are quite scary, and they show how merciless he truly is. His voice was a bit odd; it seemed a little too cartoon-like, and although changing his voice could’ve added to his character, like Bale does for Batman, it almost took away from his character. But, all in all he delivered a great performance. Cotillard, as always delivered a beautiful and an astonishing performance. She’s intelligent, persistent and captivating as Wayne’s newest trusted CEO.
In conclusion, "The Dark Knight Rises" is a must see film, and not to be missed this summer. It is packed with every ingredient that creates a masterpiece of film, (i.e. action, heart, drama, comedic lines, awesome scenic shots, and terrific performances by the hardworking cast). "The Dark Knight Rises" is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys Nolan’s films especially the first two films of the trilogy, also for anyone who enjoys an epic, action-packed tale rich with hope, heart and the belief that strength is sometimes measured through the heart and soul and not through the body.