At last we have the chance to see the grand finale to the epic Batman trilogy as told by Christopher Nolan. Expectations were high since the last two movies were smashing hits at the box offices and getting the rave reviews. The question now was: Will the last sequel live up to the expectations?
In The Dark Knight Rises, the story takes us forward eight years since we last saw the Gotham City hero, now a fugitive. After taking the blame for the death of Gotham City District Attorney (Harvey Dent), Batman goes into hiding. During the next eight years, no criminals take over the city, and it is relatively at peace. That is until Selina Kyle as the Catwoman resurfaces and pulls the Batman out of his hiding-hole, warning him of the coming ‘storm.’
The storm is Bane (Tom Hardy), a villain without remorse who dons a Darth Vader-like mask and havoc is his signature. Batman has to return as the superhero Gotham always needed but never loved. But our hero, as we are told, is in his sunset years and obviously will not be fighting forever. The stage is set for a bruising and emotional battle that will close the chapter on the legendary hero’s tale.
The cast remains largely the same from the two previous stories penned by Nolan. Morgan Freeman retains the role of Lucious Fox. Likewise, Michael Caine still plays Bruce’s aged butler Sir Alfred, who is never at a loss of witty encouragement. Nolan also introduces Ann Hathaway who takes the role of Catwoman and Marion Cotillard along with Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt, all of whom had roles in Nolan’s award-winning film Inception.
Christian Bale is his usual best as Bruce Wayne and Batman, just as he was in the two previous installments. Michael Caine as Sir Alfred carries the bulk of the emotion in the film. Anne Hathaway does her part convincingly as the sly Catwoman. But it is Tom Hardy who takes the cake by portraying Bane, the evil super-villain, as industriously as you can imagine. The pace of the movie is brisk, and keeps you engaged from start to finish, with just a few narrative points to develop the plot. The characters fit well in their roles. The soundtrack, done by Hans Zimmer creates just the right moods at just the right times.
In a nutshell, the film, penned by Christopher Nolan, does not disappoint. Not at all! The Dark Knight Rises lives up to all the hype, and more. There is intense, gripping action straight from the start. The scenes are picturesque and are a better representation of the comic-book world than your average film. For example, the scene in the movie where Bane rallies his army to fight Batman and the City Police Department is enthralling. Nolan decided to shoot the film in iMax form and this only adds to the enticing experience for movie-lovers.