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Published October 3rd 2013
The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final installment in the most recent Batman Trilogy and the previous films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) left quite a lot to live up to. I've seen the film three times now and during my first watch through, I can say I was just filled with anticipation for what would happen next. Some may think the film falls short in comparison to its predecessor The Dark Knight and I believe this is mostly because of The Joker and Heather Ledger's stunning portrayal of the character but I honestly believe The Dark Knight Rises is the best of all three films.
The film continues the plot on from The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne has retired and Batman has taken the blame for the crimes committed by Harvey Dent/Two-Face at the end of the second film. Bruce is nothing more than a crippled recluse, hiding away in his mansion and he is only brought out of this state by an incident involving a maid who turns out to be Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). His curiosity of Miss Kyle leads Bruce to believe he must don the bat suit once more and thus the story truly begins.
The main villain to this story is Bane, I don't know how many of you know your comic book history but Bane was born in the fictional 'Santa Prisca' in a prison known as 'Pena Dura'. He was the son of a revolutionist who escaped the court system leaving Bane to take the fall for his father and grow up in a penitential environment. He is supposed to have a genius-level intellect and to be far stronger than Batman. In the film, Bane is said to have been raised in a hole of a prison but he does lack origin authenticity, especially as the film does tend to portray him as nothing more than an anarchist mercenary.
I would say one of the bigger highlights of the film were the characters. All roles are portrayed incredibly well and I'll be the first to admit it; Anne Hathaway especially, since I assumed she would do so atrociously but Anne's performance as Selina Kyle is surprisingly one of the best things in this movie, I feel that she portrayed Catwoman right down to the T.
Everyone has brought their A-game to this film and it pays off. Tom Hardy does a spectacular job as Bane, attempting to create an interesting and unique villain however I do feel that The Joker has become somewhat Idolised and therefore many have compared the two and said that Bane does not match up. I would say he is a much more favoured villain in my books compared to The Joker and to be honest, that voice of his is just chilling.
A lot of people complained about the character John Blake, who appears to be a simple police officer and yet knows so much and is so clued in about nearly everything in the storyline. I would say that there is nothing wrong with Blake's character and he does speed the story up quite a bit, but most of the films annoyances lie around his character.
I would say the very best feature of this film is the soundtrack. The music that is used is just astounding. It sets the entire mood of the film perfectly and now whenever I hear that heavy drumming beat I am reminded of Bane. I think of sinister actions scenes. It's downright spectacular.
Overall The Dark Knight Rises is a worthy addition to the Batman trilogy and in my personal opinion it's the best of the three. Bane is a far more interesting character than I gave credit for and while most would shoot me for saying it, I did personally enjoy him more than The Joker.
The cast shine brightly in this film and are full of talent. The Dark Knight Rises is entertaining, fun to watch and unlike The Dark Knight I didn't feel like it was an effort to watch. I recommend it to everyone even slightly interested in Batman or superheroes as it is just overall a fantastic film. The characters are spectacular, the soundtrack is astounding and the storyline is captivating. I highly recommend going to see it, though maybe not taking the younglings with you. As awesome of a superhero as Batman is and while many think that Bane was not brutal enough, it definitely isn't a film to take very young children to see.