The Dark Knight Rises : Review

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Rating: 4/5 stars -Four stars

By Shevaal Singh (@being_shevaal)

Star Cast: Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

What’s Good?: The direction; the splendid music; the characters.

What’s Bad?: The uninitiated may not enjoy it that much; the story can get overwhelming at times.

Verdict: The final installment in the Batman trilogy lives up to its legacy. Don’t miss this brilliant finale of Batman!

Somewhere before Batman makes his applause-worthy first appearance in The Dark Knight, an old gun tells his rookie partner, “Boy, you’re in for a show tonight.” You could call that a bit of an understatement.

For those who came in late, Batman (Christian Bale) has decided to cool his heels after turning from beloved saviour to despised criminal on being blamed for the death of Gotham City’s White Knight DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and the love of his life Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Even his day-time alter-ego, the eccentric millionaire Bruce Wayne has retired from public life and spends his days brooding over his past in his huge mansion with his faithful butler Alfred (Michael Caine).

The finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy begins with the ominous introduction of the villain Bane (Tom Hardy). After he kidnaps a nuclear scientist, he turns his eyes on the now Batman-less Gotham City. While the city bigwigs want to rest Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), he gets fatally injured in an encounter with Bane and his unshakeable gang of thugs. Now that all’s fine in Gotham, no one believes Gordon’s ludicrous tale of an “underground army”, except the “hot blood” John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Predictably, Bruce’s peace is not to be. There’s the sexy cat burglar Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) hot on his heels and the rich clean-energy activist Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard). Gordon’s warning and Bane’s attacks force Batman out of retirement. But this time, Alfred refuses to bury another Wayne and leaves. A fraud on Bruce’s Wayne enterprises leaves him further down the pit.

Will Batman return with vengeance or has the Dark Knight fizzled out? Will Bane be the supervillain who finally “breaks the Bat”? Whose side is Catwoman on? What is Bane’s true identity and how does he plan to use Batman against his very city? Watch the movie to find answers.

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