The Dark Knight Rises
One Line Review: Perfect conclusion to a perfect trilogy.
Cast: Ok spoiler free now, so Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman all return in their previous roles and all just as perfect. New cast members include Anne Hathaway, who throughout the whole movie I could have sworn was Gillian Jacobs (Britta from Community) having said that either way she was great. She got the feel for the character, had a nice voice and unlike all the campy versions there isn’t a single mention of her as “Catwoman” only Selina Kyle which was cool and also avoided the God aweful cat-puns the character usually has. She also has a slightly simplified costume than past incarnations, but still cool, leather always goes down smooth. Joseph Gordon Levitt is introduced as a police officer named Blake. As far as I’m aware the character is a new creation for the movie. He’s a young go getter office who Jim Gordon takes a shine to. Marion Cotillard plays Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member who helps the company when Bruce is recovering from the events at the end of Dark Knight. Finally of course Tom Hardy as Bane. My main issue with the movie is the mask. Not a huge thing but some scenes, especially early on, when an actor is acting and you don’t have a mouth to see moving its a little odd (surprising I never thought that about Vader). The main thing before this movie people were scared of Bane’s voice. The voice is fine. It’s the right accent, it’s understandable (99% of the time) and it suits the character perfectly. Hardy is the boss in the film. From his almost voice acting to his action scenes to just everything.
Non-spoiler cameos include Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911) and Aiden Gillen (Game Of Thrones).
Ok not much I can go into here without spoiling all the plot, but know this, the story is great. It’s 50/50 between being totally accurate with the previous lore and tieing it up within the NolanVerse. It’s a great script. It’s said that a perfect movie has you crying when you need to cry (check), laughing when you need to laugh (check), cheering when you need to cheer (check) and im adding my own new one: skeeting whenever you can (check a roonie). Literally just to make that clearer, tears were shed at certain scenes.
The music is a mix between the Dark Knight theme we love and variations of the Bane chant and Inception horns. Either way suits the movie, love it.
Recommend: Oh yea like I’m NOT going to recommend this.