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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As being a 59 yr. old female, I LOVE ALL OF THE BATMAN epics with 3 boys & now 3 grandkids. I am glad I had sense to go the next day and see the movie and share with everyone how great a movie it was and my thoughts on the great opening mind implants of imagination what they could do to continue in the further, GREAT JOB EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meanwhile Hathaway is increasing her chances of nomination due to acclaim from the Preaident
There was a lot good and a lot BAD about this film. First off I think Bale does a decent job but he's surrounded by GREAT actors, namely Michael Caine and Gary Oldman. They can make anybody look awesome. On the surface I couldn't stand Bane's muffled voice, he was hard to understand. Bale tries too hard to muffle his voice and he sounds stupid. I like how he did it in Batman Begins better. The other part of it was the whole middle of the film. The whole thing was too political and cut from the headlines. I felt like I was watching Occupy Wallstreet - The Movie, guest starring Batman. If this film wins an oscar it will be because of the cheap pull in of politics with the whole Occupy movement. Just like brokeback won because of the gay angle
I agree completely
Batman has redeemed himself in this one good as Batman Begins better than the dark knight. Not a great finale like Harry Potter was last summer for Warner Bros. but saving extra money for Digital IMAX was worth the four year wait. Majority of moviegoers nationwide survived the tragic weekend and Hollywood will continue its reputation as "Oz, Neverland, and Treasure Island all wrapped into one" Chole Mortez as bookworm Isabelle in Hugo
Could not let this day go back without saying this: much heartfelt Condolences to the Familie's that are grieving over the lost of a love one/one's whom's innocent lives were cruely taken this past week during a very special & happy gathering/movie goers premiere showing (the new TDKR movie): in this unprediable horrific shooting that senselessly took away vital lives much too soon. My heart and prays goes out to the Families affected by this terrible tragedy. We are all hurting and affected by this.
Same here with me
I think that in light of the fact that people are going to the Batman movie "in defiance" of the events on Aurua, they should donate money to the people who were affected!
I totally agree. When such terrible-horrific tragedies such as this happens: we should all give something of our selves to help out...'My family usually send donations/care packages through the/our Church.
They are already doing that
The Dark Knight Rises was/is truelly Epic: filled with deep emotion impact full circle of Bruce Wayne/BATMAN's life and those around him. His dramatized from all the hurtfull cruelty that's befaced him and when a new a wreckening comes to GOTHAM City: well he suits up, one more time to save the World. Great movie, my sister and I really loved it and although it's the finale Trilogy to the hit Batman/Dark Knight Franchise I am still look forward to more BATMAN sequels for I like NOLEN's solid storyline(s) and the lead Star Actor Christian BALE (he is Batman/The Dark Knight) : it has a Epic hopeful ending to more stories (Knightwing/Robin, Catwoman etc.,.). Incrediable Cast and would see it again!!!
Oh, yeah the 1st BATMAN movie "Batman Begins" is by far my favorite of all the Batman/The Dark Knight hit Franchise's. I like how Bruce Waynes story unfolds how he becomes Batman...'very strong movie that one. All of them are impactful and awesome!!
Agree but was not 100 percent spectacular also the ending was hopeful and WTF at same time not to mention the scarecrows reappearance was not proven essential to the plot and what would have been great for Gordon (Gary Oldman) is to reveal to Gotham the Jokers infamous "victory" over Batman and Harvey you know who
I like the Scarecrow/Actor Cillian Murphy: what a nice wicked surprise he was AND Harvey aka Two face (sorry forget the Actor's name who played him..'shame on me)..'the huge poster picture of him during Gordon's (Actor Gary Oldman) speech was quite teaching. The whole Cast shined!!
..Oop's that's touching not teaching. smile!
Two faces name is Aaron Eckheart and I believe Scarecrows cameo was a bit cheesy
Ah, yes Aaron Eckheart was truly fabulous in the 2nd BATMAN: The Dark Knight movie as Two-Face. Thanks for your response/feedback, fandad1960. As for the Scarecrow guest appearance in TDKR I think he did a pretty slay job of it...'Cillian/Scarecrow's character was/is as wicked as ever. Have a great day!!
Your welcome why do we always argue
Shrug...'I haven't a clue to that, I just post what's in my Heart/mind. We all have our opinions rather one like's it or not. Again, have a fabulous day fandad1960!! And "thanks" for your feedback/responses. Peace..'you have a groovin' Fandango avatar design. I like it. Smile.
Thank you and I can respect your opinions also can't wait next summer for Man of Steel. I admit TDKR was not the best way to end the trilogy but atleast it redeemed itself from 4 years ago. Plus i thought i was going to faint after that a little bit embarassing Batman/Catwoman kiss which was the WTF moment of the day. Never mind catch ya later
I just got home from seeing it again, awesome movie
Let me begin with the most direct analysis…TDKR is EPIC! I don’t say this lightly. I had lofty expectations for this based on Christopher Nolan’s body of work and the herculean efforts I knew would be necessary to, at the very least, match the cinematic energy and originality of the characters in The Dark knight. If TDK was ‘The Godfather’ of comic-to-film adaptations…then this is undoubtedly ‘The Godfather Part II’! That is to say that both movies are equal on some levels but that this film surpasses the first two with a deeper and darker vision. Nolan treats this 2 hr and 45 min. film with the respect it deserves for the ending of an era.
I was indeed disappointed. Although the characters and actors were great , the story was everywhere and didnt have a good payoff in the end. Cool surprises and action sequences but it wasnt enough. Batman was only in about 30 mins of the 3 hours. Clearly not the best in the trilogy.
The Dark Knight Rises exceeded all expectations in my opinion. It did what any third movie of a trilogy should do. It gave closure to all story arcs, which were nicely interwoven with the new ones in this movie. It also left me in a state where I don't even like to look at it this one individual movie, but rather where I view the trilogy as a whole instead. This will easily be my favorite superhero franchise ever and also will be among my all time favorite movies period.
This movie managed to balance the shadow left by Ras Al Guhl from "Batman Begins" with the impact of the crimes of Two-Face from "The Dark Knight" in terms of overall plot. "Rises" beautifully gave Bruce Wayne a character arc, where at the beginning he was a broken down shell of himself trying to force himself back to becoming the Caped Crusader to where he rose to become what Gotham needed, when he rose from that pit Bane left him in, after Bane broke him to begin with. "The Dark Knight Rises" fulfilled every expectation, I could think of. Nolan lived up to his genius in terms of directing and writing, the actors were great, the visual effects were amazing and the execution was top-notch. A Best Picture nomination lock is in order.
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