The Dark Knight Rises. Film Review

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Warner Bros. Productions

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Rating: 12A

Running Time: 165 mins

Reviewed by Guy Adams

Comics fans have been lucky this year. Just after everyone finishes crowing about The Avengers we get Nolan’s finale to his Batman trilogy. And it’s better. Much. In fact I will be shocked if we get another film to match it this year.

Set eight years after the last movie, we find ourselves in aGothamwithout Batman (or indeed Bruce Wayne). It’s a better city for his sacrifice but the peace will soon come to an end. Bane is coming and he’s about to make the Joker’s theatrics seem inconsequential. He is the perfect villain for our times. A solid, brutal, terrorist with a very appealing message.

The Dark Knight Rises is a flawless conclusion to Nolan’s trilogy. It’s massive – not just in its run time but in its scope – a proper epic to bring these character’s stories to a close. And what characters they are. For me Bruce Wayne/Batman has never been as interesting as his supporting cast, Michael Caine’s Alfred; Commissioner Gordon, a character that could have been such a gaberdine-draped cliche but a real man thanks to the ever-wonderful Gary Oldman; Morgan Freeman as the noble Lucius Fox… Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the revelation this time, perfectly cast as Officer Blake.

It’s full of predictable stuff, heroes standing tall to save the day, but you know what? So it should be. We want that, we want those big moments. And there are more than enough surprises to keep us guessing. This is not a lazy film. It’s another great example of Nolan’s skill when it comes to gathering the right people for the right roles and then going bigger, better and far more intelligent than Hollywood’s Summer Holiday has any right to be.

I can’t believe I need to convince anyone to watch it, the box office has been predictably huge, so, let’s all just sit back and smile about what fun we had while we wait for the Blu-ray.

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Hailing from the rain-sodden, North Western wastelands of England, Phil has dabbled in many an arcane vocation. From rock-star to conveyor-belt scraper at a bread factory, 'Dairy Logistics Technician' to world's worst waiter. He's currently a freelance designer, actor, sometime writer/editor and Chair of the British Fantasy Society. He is on the Global Frequency and is still considering becoming an astronaut when he grows up.