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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
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You know the main villain is epic, when he sounds like Sean Connery shouting through a portable fan.

The Dark Knight Rises is set eight years after it's predecessor; in which a terrorist leader Bane, attempts to overrun the city of Gotham into complete and utter chaos. Despite Bruce Wayne being depressed and out of action for the last eight years, Batman rises back to the surface along with the help of Commissioner Gordon and Catwoman; to protect a great city that once turned against him.

Along with the other films of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises shines highly as a fantastic example of modern Hollywood. Christopher Nolan's apparent final film of the series features an admirable direction, blemishes with extremely high production values and superb acting. However with that being said, this is not a film without it's glaring problems.

For myself I found the most notable issues in The Dark Knight Rises, to be it's weak character development, and occasionally slow pacing. Although this a huge improvement, and more faithful adaptation of Bane's portrayal compared to the insanely campy Batman and Robin. Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, still feels noticeably lacking in depth. The vast effort put into his character is obvious, but aside from odd scenes of background information, Bane's appears surprisingly 2D throughout most of the feature, and his demise nothing much more, than a generic action movie buzz kill.

Another issue I had with The Dark Knight Rises, was with the portrayal of Catwoman. Although Anne Hathaway's performance was fantastic with the material she was given, her story was never properly told and her character as a whole drastically underdeveloped. Catwoman's portrayal in The Dark Knight Rises didn't seem to be written as a serious role, but more so as a way to bring up the female to male ratio, and act as a chemistry lacking love interest for The Dark Knight himself. As of yet, Michelle Pfeiffer's performance of Catwoman in Tim Burton's Batman Returns, still stands to be the strongest, and the best portrayal of that character ever brought to the big screen.

Overall The Dark Knight Rises is slowed paced, but still comes off as incredibly rushed, and often under planned. The most likely reason for this is to happen, is due to its try hard presence to keep up with the constant high quality, presented in The Dark Knight. Even though The Dark Knight Rises may be the weakest of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, this still stands to be an entertaining and well-directed cinematic feat. As to whether you're a Batman fan or not, this is still worth seeing at least once.


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