This is not a review... It's just me stringing my awe-struck feeling into words!
Not only does Nolan seem to have perfected the art of telling stories, he's perfected the art of connecting with the people he's telling these stories to; he's learnt to reach out to the good and the dark side of people. There was a very thin thread in the balance anyway, and Nolan has learnt to weave his characters around that thread.
The Dark Knight Rises is a mark of Nolan's ingenuity. It's not a tale of the strengths, it's not your garden variety 'hero conquers it all' and to say that this was an awesome movie would be a weak statement. This is a story of fear, weakness and people fallen from grace; this is the story of humanity.
The movie opens on Gotham, 8 years after the Harvey Dent incident. It opens to the very day he died all that time back and it opens on commissioner Gordon debating with himself about whether he should tell the people what really happened back then. And it's all uphill from that moment to the very last scene of the movie.
Now i had been looking forward to this movie for a very very long time and had been jumping with joy that the day of reckoning had finally arrived (and i mean jumping literally), but just today i saw one of my friend's favourite critic had given the movie just 3 stars and Jeremy Jahns (yes i follow him ardently) didn't seem to very pleased with the movie either. I would be lying if i said i was very disappointed and my spirits were dampened (they'd become quite musty really) but from the moment the movie began i was at the edge of my seat and glued to the screen. In-fact, i'm a nail biter and for some time now i had been getting along admirably and the nails had become quite long but i regret to inform you that my nails were sacrificed to The Dark Knight Rises today. There was not one single point in the movie where i looked at the watch and the intermission was so damn annoying! The first word that came out of my mouth after the movie ended were "WOW" and i think wow pretty much nails it.
And all those people who say that Bane is not a good villain, to them i say WTF!? What makes a villain? The capacity to do great evil, check. A badass look, check. An army of minions who would die for you, double check. And to add to that he has this calm and totally relaxed voice that make him SO much more intimidating! In fact (and i'm probably going to be killed for telling you this) but right in the middle of a 'how awesome is this' conversation, my friend deftly turns to me and comes with an epic 'Bane is scaring me'. So no JUST NO to everyone who thinks Bane is not a very good villain.
Which gets me to the next point. When the movie ended, i did what EVERYONE else is doing; compared it to The Dark Knight. Then (after it being pointed out to me) i realised that it is foolish to compare any of the movies! Each of the three had their own story to tell and each parts' villain did justice to their stories! I couldn't see a Bane working well in the the last part just as i can't picture joker doing any better in this one. Every Part of the trilogy added more to the characters and peeled away the many facets of Batman. Each fit in perfectly to it's own puzzle.
We've all seen Batman kick the bad guy's ass and maybe get punched a couple of times in the process, nothing too bad. But this is the first time someone played on the fact that he is, eventually, human... just a mortal haunted by his past. And for this he needed a villain who attacked this very humanity, that was what Bane was perfect for!
I can go on ranting about this but i don't think i can do it without spoilers. And like i said in the beginning, this is not a review, so please, for the sake of everything sweet, go out as soon as you possibly can and watch The Dark Knight Rises! Do it now.. NOW! (you shall not have lived if you don't watch this movie..!)