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
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 Nolanâ€™s finale to his Batman trilogy. And itâ€™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). Itâ€™s a better city for his sacrifice but the peace will soon come to an end. Bane is coming and heâ€™s about to make the Jokerâ€™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 Nolanâ€™s trilogy. Itâ€™s massive – not just in its run time but in its scope – a proper epic to bring these characterâ€™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 Caineâ€™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.
Itâ€™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. Itâ€™s another great example of Nolanâ€™s skill when it comes to gathering the right people for the right roles and then going bigger, better and far more intelligent than Hollywoodâ€™s Summer Holiday has any right to be.
I canâ€™t believe I need to convince anyone to watch it, the box office has been predictably huge, so, letâ€™s all just sit back and smile about what fun we had while we wait for the Blu-ray.