It's arguably the biggest movie of the year -- the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy -- but was it worth the four-year wait? At over two and a half hours, The Dark Knight Rises is certainly epic in length, packed with a slew of expertly-delivered action sequences and some top-notch performances from not only the existing franchise players, but also the newbies, especially Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). But was it enough to satisfy your Batman cravings?
In the trilogy's final film, Christopher Nolan does everything he needs to, or at least is supposed to do. He raises the stakes considerably, and he makes it so Batman meets his match both physically (with Bane) and intellectually (with Selina Kyle). Not only that, but he brings the character full circle, back to a place (mentally, emotionally and physically) where he first decided to become Gotham's "Dark Knight" in the first place. Some may argue that while it looked good on paper, the story wasn't executed quite the same, while others were more than satisfied with the film's intricate story and edge-of-your-seat action scenes.
The Dark Knight Rises is currently riding a pretty solid 86% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, which is just above the 85% Fresh rating of Batman Begins, but lower than the 94% Fresh rating of The Dark Knight. If you're going by that scale, The Dark Knight Rises falls right in between the first and second films in terms of the best in the franchise.
Do you agree with that? Did the film live up to the hype, or were you disappointed in the way Batman's final adventure (in this trilogy, at least) played out?
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