The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Encore Review

“[to Batman] Peace has cost you your strength! Victory has defeated you! ” – Bane

Number of Times Seen – 4 Times (6 Aug 2012, Jan 2013, 14 May 2014 and 9 Jul 2017)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Following the events of the previous film, Gotham has been cleaned up from crime for 8 years when a new threat appears that requires Batman to come out of seclusion in order to keep the city safe once again.

My Take on it – This film is such a bittersweet watch for me every time I se eit because it is on the one hand able to evoke the superior form of a superhero story that has been unmatched by anyone else yet it also is the finale to one of the greatest superhero franchises ever created.

The story is amazingly constructed that there are twists and turns the whole way through yet it is all filled with so much heart because the characters are developed so well.

They each have strong, deep and complex backgrounds that are slowly revealed as the movie moves along at a super pace.

Great to see Tom hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway added to the mix to complement the already amazing cast of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman.

The detail used to tell this story is amazing and as with the whole trilogy, so much was done in order to make it seem and feel like a realistic look at a superheroes’ life and not just fantasy.

Hardy was a great choice as the main villain Bane and I was so happy that they gave the character so much substance and he didn’t feel like just an average brute like in previous incarnations of the character.

This film is quite amazing also from a technical perspective and it’s so much fun watching it because it’s made so exceptionally well.

This whole trilogy is superb and it’s hard to choose which film is the best, but I believe the middle installment The Dark Knight (2008) was so amazing in every aspect that it’s quite difficult to eclipse that.

Cant wait to see what else Nolan has for us in the future in any genre that he so chooses to take us on a journey through.

Bottom Line – Nolan ends this trilogy on such a high note! The characters are not mere caricatures but each of them has a strong, deep and complex background story that keeps thing interesting the whole way through.  Hardy was a great choice for Bane and it was great that he wasn’t just a mere brute like in previous incarnations of the character.  The rest of the cast is superb and Nolan knows how to get the bets performances out of his actors. The technical aspects are superb here and it was a lot of fun watching this because it feels like a near perfect superhero film yet it also takes care to try and seem somewhat realistic instead of being pure fantasy. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Christopher Nolan said that this film’s theme deals with “Pain”. For Batman Begins (2005), it was on “Fear”, while The Dark Knight (2008) deals on “Chaos”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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5 thoughts on “The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Encore Review

  1. I may be in the minority, but this is actually my favorite of the trilogy. As good as The Dark Knight was, I didn’t like how it ended, while this had what I felt was a perfect conclusion to the whole story, a little light following the darkness.


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