The Dark Knight Rises
Nolan’s third and final instalment of his Dark Knight tale ends as dramatically and beautifully as it began. The genesis story was told efficiently in Batman Begins, along with Bruce Wayne’s training by the League of Shadows, under mentor and long term antagonist Ra’s Al Ghul. However, it was the sinister spectacle of Gotham City and its villainous underbelly that was established. The Dark Knight continued the story, with the title character taking centre stage. The winged suit was donned heavily throughout and though it began to suggest the emotional conflict between Bruce and his masked alter-ego, it wasn’t Master Wayne’s moment to shine.
The Dark Knight Rises lapses eight years between itself and predecessor, featuring a crushed Bruce Wayne, retired from his vigilante lifestyle, still caught up on the climax of The Dark Knight. Here Bale shows how he’s mastered the mind-set and inner conflicts of the eccentric billionaire, providing a convincingly emotional performance that tears the audience up, with the help of a stand out Michael Caine. We are introduced early to the existing and new central characters. With the A-list cast of recognisable faces, it’s easy to assume who will feature throughout.
Tom Hardy’s Bane may require much audience focus to digest his voice-boxed words, but considering he’s a man so mutilated by a beating that left what remains of his face held together by the life-saving mask he wears, his voice shouldn’t be fluent and though at times it’s tricky to understand, it is the portrayal of Bane most fitting to Nolan’s Batman universe and it’s realistic groundings. Un-requiring the large tubes and Hulk-like muscular figure, Nolan presents a more real Bane, but he still comes as deadly as ever. His intelligence and strength make him a more than worthy competitor for Batman and though he’s not as eccentric as the Joker, he is the stand-out villain of the trilogy.
Nolan entrusts Hans Zimmer to provide the score and once again the renowned and much sought after composer delivers an intense, spine tingling and bone shattering soundtrack to accompany the picture in tremendous fashion.
Though the near three hour run-time could challenge some, the film keeps you hooked throughout. The Dark Knight Rises holds more flaws than the first two films of the trilogy, but is a fitting end to the three part story Batman has always deserved. With Nolan raising the bar on how superhero adventures can be translated from comic to screen it is little surprise that Spiderman has just undergone a revamp.