Review: The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In theaters
4/5 Robots: A Dark Epic Conclusion!

Red Gray IMDB Trailer - Backwards - Final
Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

I'm a huge fan of all superhero movies, and I love the new installments of Batman. However, going into this movie I was a bit biased. The second Batman, The Dark Knight, may have been a perfect superhero movie in my book. And so the bar was set high for the final movie of the trilogy. Did it meet my expectations...sort of.

The movie is epic. There is no doubt about it. The scale of this film is incredible. Honestly, the stakes were exponentially higher than any other superhero movie I've seen. I felt so depressed half the time because it just felt so...hopeless. It was a good tone for this dark film.

The villian. Well, those are some big shoes to fill. There will undoubtedly be comparisons to Heath Ledger's Joker, which I'm still convinced is the best villian ever in cinematic history. Did Tom Hardy's Bane rise to the occasssion? Again...sort of. He rose the stakes. I would say that if Bane and Joker had a showdown, Bane would probably beat the Joker's ass. But the Joker was more compelling to watch on screen. Bane, in his whole mask getup, was just boring.

That's the crux of this movie. It was almost 3 hours long! The first hour was incredibly slow. Batman was weak, and Bane's character wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention. Luckily there were two other characters that salvaged the first half of the film. Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman, and she is amazing! Instant love. Jospeh Gordon-Levitt is the cop John Blake. His character is the moral center of the movie, and one of the best additions to the trilogy.

The last hour is the best part of the film. There are twists that left my entire theater gasping, applauding, and even some tears (whether those are happy or sad tears - you must watch to find out). This movie is officially the end of Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy. He's stated in multiple interviews he wouldn't make another. So I urge everyone to go see the final film for some closure. It's my no means a perfect superhero movie, but it comes damn close.

As an avid moviegoer I also want to express my sadness for the tragedy that occurred last night. I have attended midnight movies since I was thirteen, and the thought of someone committing such a terrible act is both sickening and frightening. My condolences go out to all the friends and families of the victims.

The Dark Knight Rises was seen at a midnight screening! Check out Becca's post on the CW69 to learn about the Midnight Experience. It also features pictures of costumed heroes. 


  1. I've seen Dark Knight 3 this weekend and I totally agree with your review. It was great, epic totally worth the time and money. As soon as it was finished, I wanted to watch it again. I especially liked how Robin was added into the trilogy - I'm not a fan of the Robin character, but in the movie it was done perfectly.

  2. I didn't feel bored at all. The movie glued my eyes to the screen for 3 hours. The best part? the twist and Robin. I love him more than Batman himself.