The Christopher Nolan trilogy of “Batman” movies comes to an explosive end in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy, “Rises” picks up eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight” when Gotham is in a time of peace. The Nolan brothers deliver an amazing script, which the cast performs to near perfection. I have to say, Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Detective Blake are the breakout stars of the movie as no one really was sure how well their characters would end up being portrayed.
I felt as if I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie, between the threat of Gotham’s destruction and whether Bale’s Batman would survive the movie kept me awake even to 3am when the movie ended. The editing was as smooth as silk, the directing was phenomenal, and the soundtrack fit the movie. My only issues with the movie were Selina Kyle and Bane’s costume designs. They were all right for what they were and they didn’t take much away from the movie, but they left something to be desired. While Bane had a larger threat to Gotham and Batman, no one could ever surpass Heath Ledger’s Joker from “The Dark Knight.” But in the explosive scene where Bane “breaks the Bat,” we see how dangerous he truly can be.
The movie was definitely meant to be seen as part three, so if you haven’t seen “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” you should definitely get them from Netflix, find them on youtube, or however else you might watch old movies. If you have an extra three hours this summer, and if you’ve seen the first two movies, I would suggest heading to the movie theatre closest to you and watching “The Dark Knight Rises.” Even though it is the definite end to Nolan’s work on the Batman, they still managed to leave a cliffhanger having myself and others wanting more. If I had to give it a score on a scale of 1-10, it’d be at least an 8.5.