So, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is the 2012 Action, Thriller sequel to the 2008 film, THE DARK KNIGHT and final installment in the Dark Knight Trilogy, directed by: Christopher Nolan. Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman.
'Eight years after the events of THE DARK KNIGHT, the highly trained and dangerous mercenary, Bane (Hardy) comes to Gotham City to terrorize the populace and force the Batman (Bale) out of the retirement.'
A good film, but for an "Epic Conclusion" lacking the epic.
Again, the, just amazing, cast do a great job with their established characters. I felt as though Bale really stepped it up with his performance given a great character arc. The new members were great additions, especially Tom Hardy as Bane. Bane was a threatening character and what Hardy was able to do with his expressions were truly spectacular and menacing. Nolan, as always, does a great job in directing and Hans Zimmer's score is just beautiful.
I would say that the plot and writing came across a bit weak. Not feeling the magnitude the characters were under and being based on two epic story arcs, The Dark Knight Returns and No Man's Land, it was a shame. And the conclusion wasn't exactly satisfying. The last act as a whole feels rushed and introduces too many elements too late.
Again, the realistic tone outweighs the comic book elements.
In the end, this film has a great Batman arc and was a good film, just not to the scale of the films before. I'll give THE DARK KNIGHT RISES a B
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