Review, “The Dark Knight Rises”

Christopher Nolan, you beautiful bastard.

To the man who definitely knows how to make a movie, sir, I tip my hat to you. “The Dark Knight Rises” was an amazing spectacle of backgrounds, plot twists, character development, intense action scenes, and pretty much whatever you can imagine. Nolan definitely knows how to use the prestige of a movie (ehhh? get it? you get it.)

Taking place seven years after where “The Dark Knight” left off, Batman has left Gotham City known as the “masked man who killed Harvey Dent,” Bruce Wayne is a recluse only seen by his trusty butler, Alfred, and terror strikes the city through a masked mercenary, Bane, who wants to level the city with a 4-megaton nuke.

Though not as intense as “The Dark Knight,” we get to see Wayne’s “comeback,” as it were, through the majority of the first and second acts. Is it good? Umm, yes, no question. I don’t want to go into too many plot details in fear of giving things away, but I’ll essentially sum it up as this: the third act is by far the best. The second act is kind of slow, but the trailers build it up to where you don’t mind the pace.

It’s a fantastic film told through fantastic cinematography and a fantastic cast. Nolan likes to use the people he knows can put out quality work, and boy did he. Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman, I tip my additional hat to you.

Biggest letdown, though? The dialogue. It was hard at moments to understand what some of the cast members were saying, including main villain Bane. There will be many an occasion where you lean forward trying to comprehend the words that just came out of his mouth, and I often was left to comprehend his speech much later into the next film.

That letdown doesn’t destroy the movie, but it would help if they put some subtitles on the man.


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