If you're reading this, you already have an opinion about Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated end film to his Batman trilogy. Heck, you've probably already seen the movie at one of the myriad midnight screenings held overnight.
But, if you haven't, you should know two things: First, I won't include any spoilers here, because I'm feeling generous; second, "The Dark Knight Rises" was the final Batman film audiences both needed and deserved.
There's been much ado about the crucial final film of Nolan's third installment. It's been put on a pedestal ever since Nolan decided first to abandon creating a third, then relented and returned with a hyped script and even buzzier teasers. Plus, following the late Heath Ledger's deliciously maniacal (and Oscar-winning) turn as The Joker, fans were on the edges of their seats to see how new nemeses Bane and Selina Kyle/Catwoman stack up.
Naturally, expectations are riding high for "TDKR." And, yes, the movie lives up to them – to an extent.
The last of Nolan's Batman trilogy picks up eight years after "The Dark Knight." Batman is a Gotham pariah and a secret martyr for Harvey Dent's good name. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), the anonymous man behind the mask, has hidden himself away in the isolation of Wayne Manor. After Wayne discovers some unscrupulous dealings being carried out under the auspices of Wayne Enterprises and enforced by formidable mercenary Bane (Tom Hardy), he takes up the mask and cape yet again to protect Gotham's new-found peace. He does not, however, account for the full menace of Bane and his master plan.
Much like Nolan resurrected The Joker for "The Dark Knight," "TDKR" also sees the return of Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman. Batman's vixen of an anti-heroine, originally brought to the big screen by Michelle Pfeiffer, is embodied this time around by Anne Hathaway, who – as much as I wanted to give her a chance – is kind of a Catwoman Lite. While Nolan and company opted to pull The Joker completely off …Read more...