The Dark Knight Rises (12A) – Review

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
Here it is – the final chapter in Nolan's epic Batman saga – and the stakes couldn't be higher. Hot on the heels of The Avengers' mammoth box office haul and off the back of what many consider to be the greatest comic book movie ever made, The Dark Knight Rises has to be something pretty special to live up to the hype. Here's a trailer… 

In the opening stages, it’s apparent that Nolan has a lot he wants to achieve, with initial segments feeling scattershot and bitty, as new characters are introduced and given back stories. However, these are punctuated by some very classy action sequences, not least a mid-air heist perpetrated by Tom Hardy's enigmatic and monstrous Bane – a villain whose physical presence is so impressive that any temptation to compare villains (especially with Ledger's Joker) is rendered irrelevant.
Any languid pace in the first half hour is soon forgotten, as when TDKR gets going, it really gets going. Getting full money's worth from the fantastic and plentiful IMAX footage, this is epic moviemaking – both in scale and stakes. Gotham and Batman have never seemed more threatened. It's the crescendo, the conclusion, and summation of everything that has gone before. Threads from the previous two films are expertly woven in to realise the scale of Nolan's vision. It's impressive stuff – and fully satisfying in its conclusion of Nolan's trilogy.
Words by Ali Bianchi. Catch Ali and Adam's regular Film Clash podcast here.

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