Is it better than The Dark Knight? Does Bane live up to the Joker act? Is it a fitting finale to the trilogy?
The biggest conflict in The Dark Knight Rises is not on the screen but in your head. I had thought I would not compare this to the TDK but I failed. If you can manage to shut the above mentioned thoughts out of your head while watching TDKR you have another career option as an art of living instructor.
I am sure if you have seen Batman Begins and The Dark Knight you dont need this review to tell you why you must watch The Dark Knight Rises but I re visited BB last night before writing this and I suggest you either watch BB before watching TDKR or at least after watching it.
A lot of what happens in this film joins the dots left open in BB so that way this is a highly satisfying 3rd act to the trilogy.
There are enough spectacles in store to pump up your adrenaline. Yet again like the previous two films it is filled with dialogues that deserve to go up on a poster and adorn your walls as a work of art. One of lifes lessons I learnt in this one is Jump without the rope to R.I.S.E or what Bane says Nobody cared who I was, until I put on the mask.
One of the big reasons I enjoy my repeated viewings of Nolans batman series are the dialogues and this one doesnt disappoint on that front. Jonathan Nolan is the unsung hero who needs to be the poster boy for writers. Watching it with subtitles makes the viewing even more absorbing and enriching.
If TDK was about the evil and Heath Ledger who owned the role of The Joker putting Batman in a corner, this is all about the hero. Bane doesnt impress much and the limitations of that Mask works as a handicap for Tom Hardy to rise above the character. But he still is a fitting adversary to Batman using his beefed up body to invoke fear
I experienced it in Imax and you would need a very good reason to not see it in Imax if you have the option of doing so. Hans Zimmers background score will never sound the same in a normal theatre. Just for his work TDKR has to be experienced in Imax at least once.
I would end this with my answers to the three questions I asked in the beginning. 1.No 2.No 3.Yes. Would love to know whats yours?
Final few words And in the 3rd film he (Nolan) rose again.
Rating - **** (Very Good)
Ticket Worth 500 bucks