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Christian Bale as The Dark Knight

Here it is guys and girls. The long-anticipated final instalment to Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy has finally been released, and it can be looked at from many different angles.

Thirteen years after Tim Burton's first screen adventure starring Michael Keaton, Christopher Nolan and his brother, Jonathon, endeavoured to create a parallel saga to the legend of The World's Greatest Detective. Appearing in cinemas in 1989, the movie raised the bar for the superhero genre with the unbelievably long-winded title of 'Batman' (it's a mouthful, I know).

With 'The Dark Knight' as its predecessor, this movie had a lot to live up to. Bruce Wayne (A.K.A. 'Batman', 'The Dark Knight, or 'That Guy in Black Who Can't Talk Properly), has already encountered a good run of villains. With Ra's al Ghul and Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005) and Joker influencing Harvey "Two-Face" (2008), Wayne felt as though he could tackle anything. But when Bane (a masked genius) comes to town, the foundations of society begin to crumble. Hell-bent on punishing the citizens of Gotham City for their vanity and selfishness, his vengeful past slowly shines a light towards Batman.

With less action than its prequels, God knows I'm trying my best not to reveal any important plot details. So let's talk about what was right and wrong with this flick.

I found that this movie was supported by only suspense and mystery. It had very few shots of bad guys being plonked on the nose by a giant bat, and it didn't really answer any questions we had regarding the previous films. It did, on the other hand, squeeze every little drop out of the Batman legacy by clearly outlining what will happen post-movie. Fortunately, this is left to our imaginations as Nolan and the current cast have hung up the torn black cape.

Despite its almost obvious flaws, the performances didn't fail to grip me. Christian Bale returns as Batman, and Tom Hardy fills those massive boots of Bane's. Supporting cast includes Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other household names.

All-in-all, I was left a bit action-starved but thankfully the writing team have thrown a curve-ball at the tree of compelling plot elements.

If you do go to see this movie, it will need your undivided attention. So if you're thinking of taking your girlfriend or kids, be sure to pack a sturdy rope and a muzzle.

But where does this leave the Batman franchise? Let me know when you have the answer. In return I'll tell you the meaning of life.

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