The Dark Knight Rises is the best entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It’s tighter and better paced than its hyperbolically praised predecessor. Its set pieces, including a midair plane hijacking and an imploding football field, are more spectacular. And, despite ongoing themes of torment and loss and a zeitgeisty plot involving the 1 Percent’s heavily armed chickens coming home to roost, it’s the most exciting, purely pleasurable entry in the series. Sure, it’s still plenty broody, but take away the grim veneer and you’ll find the framework of a traditional, rousing superhero movie. Perhaps the redemptive title should’ve been a clue: After seven years of Bat-cycling through the wreckage of human suffering, the takeaway ends up being an unambiguous message of hope. It goes to show that, for all the talk of Nolan reinventing the epic-sized box-office juggernaut, he’s still working with familiar templates. A certain segment of the audience will find that disappointing, as if the only way for this kind of movie to qualify as high art is to detach completely from its ink-and-paper roots. In the words of somebody we used to know, I ask: Why so serious?
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
- Release Date: Friday, July 20, 2012
- Country: United States
- Language: English
- Starring: Christian Bale [Bruce Wayne/Batman], Anne Hathaway [Selina Kyle], Tom Hardy [Bane], Joseph Gordon-Levitt [John Blake], Gary Oldman [Commissioner Jim Gordon], Michael Caine [Alfred], Morgan Freeman [Lucius Fox], Marion Cotillard [Miranda Tate]
- Directed by: Christopher Nolan [Director], Christopher Nolan [Screenwriter], Jonathan Nolan [Screenwriter], Emma Thomas [Producer], Christopher Nolan [Producer], Charles Roven [Producer], Benjamin Melniker [Executive Producer], Michael E. Uslan [Executive Producer], Kevin De La Noy [Executive Producer], Thomas Tull [Executive Producer], Hans Zimmer [Original Music]
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