The Dark Knight Rises | 2012

Genre: Action/Drama

Author : Srivathsa

Synopsis: A terrific movie and conclusion to one of the brilliant trilogies ever.

The finale of the masterful Superhero trilogy by Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight Rises” is very fitting and one of terrific movie going experiences that anybody can have. Nolan, one of the visionary masters of cinema has flair of mixing art and action, even though prefers to end this particular trilogy in the latter fashion. If “Batman begins” was a superior way of rebooting a deceased series and “The Dark Knight” was re-invention of the superhero genre, “The Dark Knight Rises” is the closest it can get to stylistic, artful, superhero cinema.

Speaking about the story and plot of the movie becomes immaterial, as I write this review a couple of weeks later I’ve watched it and the movie is out in the halls. The villain Bane from the comic, played viciously and impeccably by Tom Hardy, Cat Woman, played with sleekness by Anne Hathaway are the beautiful and typical moves by Nolan. Micheal Caine , Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman dutifully play their roles with perfection. The surprising element is Joseph Gordon Levitt as John Blake. Even when Marian Cortillard has a role with minor screen presence, she has got a vital one. Bane groans, growls and with his power packed muscles and rancorous eyes, he plunges Gotham to darkness and with Batman out of sight for quite a while, the movie delves deep into the modern day crime scenario with even more darker and realistic tones.

Be it the mind boggling overture of Bane with the skyjacking, or the one-of-the-best-ever-intro for Batman, or the riveting underground explosions or the eventful climax, Nolan chooses himself with a way to do it. He succeeds. Although the movie doesn’t dare into the territory that “The Dark Knight” audaciously did, it still makes it high enough to be a clever one. Hans Zimmer remains the backbone of the movie; the music threatens, echoes, the chants resound; it makes us succumb to the fear, chaos and pain, which the film manages to sink into.

Wait a minute; I forgot someone here. Oops! Christian Bale? Well, this time around, with much more prospect to show himself, than being shadowed by an eccentric villain, he does what he is good at; He lives as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego. The movie is meticulously crafted and is evident in every shot. There is never a dull moment, which I can think of. Well, then the movie is not without its flaws but then when you sit, watch a superhero movie and come out as gladly as you can, it hardly matters. Although worshipped, it makes no sense to make the director, a film God yet in the world of cine polytheism.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is one of those rare breed of movies, which has smart insight, tactical philosophy, awe-inspiring action, black wits and the all the more, highly rewarding fun. Christopher Nolan makes his moves, way too carefully for him to make a mistake especially when it comes to the “Dark Knight Trilogy” and we all (well, most of us) hope he gets the reward this time around.

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Srini (117) | 8/5/2012 8:45:08 PM
Nice review Srivathsa. But I must confess the movie is a little let down and little over-rated just because its a Nolan movie. I felt its yet another movie with lots of loopholes and silly elements (like jumping the well scene). Sorry for debating here, but thats what we do right!! :)

Belkis | 10/2/2012 10:14:55 PM
I totally agree with your very posivite review. I also thought the film wasn't perfect, but then no film ever is. I thought all the little flaws in the film highlights just how great a filmmaking feat nolan was able to accomplish with Inception. These are flaws that would never even be mentioned with other films, but there's so little to gripe or even criticize Nolan and com.'s work in this film that we're scrambling to find something to criticize. The film wasn't even too complex to follow and reminded me how much he has grown as a storyteller since The Prestige which this film owes much of it's story structure with. Inception is pretty much a heist film/magic trick wrapped around one man's mysterious past. I've spoken with a few people about the very look of the dream world Nolan decided upon and while I understand their disappointment that it didn't resemble something like out of The Lovely Bones, What Dreams May Come or even Tarsem's own The Cell, the film's early narrative makes it known that we really don't know a dream is a dream until we've woken up and until then what we dream about is as real as reality that we know. Yes, that heady stuff and only just the tip of the iceberg. I will disagree with you two on the subject that Nolan has created a filmography where he makes a film for the masses then makes one for himself. I think all his films have been for the masses since The Following. Memento was an arthouse indie, but through word of mouth even the masses embraced it. His two Batman films have blockbuster written all over it, but they also share some very arthouse qualities of Nolan's other films. I think with Inception it's become more pronounced that he's making a film not just for the cineaste but also one that's accessible for the casual audience. Inception and how well it's turned out makes me really curious as to how his third Batman will turn out.