The Dark Knight Rises: Film Review

* This review is dedicated to the victims in Aurora, Colorado. My heart goes out to all of them and their families.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Director: Christopher Nolan

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

Synopsis: It has been 8 years since Batman (Christian Bale) took the blame for Harvey Dent’s crimes and he is long since retired leaving the city in the hands of Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman). A rival of Wayne Enterprises has hired the mercenary Bane (Tom Hardy) to cause mayhem throughout Gotham. He also hires expert thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) to steal Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints all in an attempt to seize control of Wayne Enterprises. After it becomes clear that Bane is going to be to much for the Police to handle Batman comes out of retirement against the wishes of his longtime friend Alfred (Michael Caine). After their first confrontation Bane severly injures the Batman and exiles him from the city. After taking Gotham by force Bane forms and army that will give control of Gotham to the people. Batman returns with an army of his own and wages all out war in an effort to defeat Bane.

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Review: I went and saw this last night and I have to say I have been waiting for this movie since The Dark Knight and I wasn’t disappointed. This is by far the best third chapter of a superhero series even though there isn’t tons of competition on that front. Tom Hardy stole the show in my opinion he was just amazing as Bane the ferocity of his performance coupled with his massive size made for one of the most intimidating villains in a long time. Christian Bale brings the goods again as Batman and the core cast of Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are great as usual.¬† Anne Hathaway does a very good job as Catwoman but she couldn’t top Michelle Pfeiffer. This is just a very satifying end to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and I suggest you go see it because there won’t be anything like this for a while. A+

Films to See Before You Die: #6 Batman


Batman (1989)

Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Palance

Synopsis: The criminals of Gotham City are in a panic because of rumours of a 6-foot bat terrorizing the crooks and gangsters of the city. No one believes these rumours to be true except a reporter named Knox and photographer Vicky Vale (Kim Basinger) who has arrived in Gotham specifically to cover the giant bat story.¬† The new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Billy Dee Williams), is desperately trying to get crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance), brought up on numerous charges and incarcerated before the city’s 200th anniversary. The only thing linking Grissom to any kind of wrong doing are files at the Axis Chemical Plant, where he has his number one man Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) to destroy the files. Napier has been having an affair with Grissom’s girl making this the prime opportunity to set him up, Grissom sends members of the police force he has bought to go and kill Napier. Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle) gets wind of this and heads to Axis Chemicals to stop Grissom’s men and apprehend Napier who is vital in pinning Grissom to these crimes. A gunfight ensues and Napier is confronted by the new protector of Gotham, Batman (Michael Keaton), who after a struggle accidentally drops Napier into a vat of toxic chemicals where he is presumed dead. Napier somehow survives but is horribly disfigured then goes to a surgeon who leaves him with a paleface and a permanent grin. He pays a visit to Grissom and kills him for setting him up and reveals himself to be The Joker. Now taking over all of Grissom’s operations the Joker does not let on that he is dead and begins killing anyone who won’t join him. Batman’s alter-ego Bruce Wayne begins to date Vale at the behest of Knox and Vake does a back ground check revealing that Bruce witnessed the murder of his parent’s at a very young age. When Vale becomes an object of the Joker’s affection Batman must save her and the city while confronting a demon from his past.

Trivia: Michael Keaton being cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman caused a controversy amongst comic book fans, with 50,000 protest letters sent to Warner Bros. offices. Bob Kane, Sam Hamm and Michael E. Uslan also heavily questioned the casting. When the production design team arrived at Pinewood Studios in England to build the sets, they discovered the atmosphere processor set from Aliens in one of the sound stages, with most of the Aliens’ nest and eggs still intact.

Why I think you should see this: I have been watching this movie since I was 3 definitely have seen it over 100 times and I have always loved Batman even before it was cool to like him. I have always enjoyed Tim Burton’s work but this is my favourite along with Batman Returns which makes the perfect companion piece don’t waste your time on the other 2 by Joel Schumacher they are just garbage. It is funny that people protested Michael Keaton as Batman and now I consider him to be the best Batman yet. Jack Nicholson is just amazing as the Joker and Kim Basinger is pretty great as Vicky Vale. This is a great film that launched the career of one of the most imaginative directors in film history so check it out sometime.

Films to See Before You Die: #21 The Dark Knight

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The Dark Knight (2008)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Synopsis: Gotham is starting to become a decent city again, Batman (Christian Bale) has been shutting down all of the major crime syndicates and keeping the lower criminals in a state of fear. A new criminal named the Joker (Heath Ledger) arrives on the scene and starts by stealing mafia money, Batman decides to ignore him for the time being because feels he can shut down the whole mob. The mob bosses of Gotham are now forced to have their meeting during the day so they are not interrupted by Batman. During a meeting Joker pays them a visit and offers to rid them of the Batman for half of all their money. Another threat to the mob is the new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) who has proven true in his quest to legally shut down Gotham’s crime syndicates. Bruce is considering retiring as Batman because he feels Dent is the one to take is mantle as the protector of Gotham and this means he would be able to be with Rachel (Maggie Gyllenhaal). This proves impossible as the Joker pushes Batman to his limits in a fight for the city that proves only Batman is fit to protect Gotham.

Trivia: Made more money than Batman Begins entire domestic run in only 6 days of release.¬†Despite endless speculation on which actor had been chosen to portray The Joker, Heath Ledger had always been Christopher Nolan’s one and only choice for the role. When asked the reason for this unexpected casting, Nolan simply replied, “Because he’s fearless.” He later said that the two had met up to discuss it before there was even a script for the film.

Why I think you should this: I remember being so excited for this movie when it first came out I saw it at like 10 in the morning and I was simply blown away by this movie. This is one of the best sequels ever made and the only sequel on this list whose predecessor isn’t which says something about this movie. Don’t get me wrong Batman Begins is an amazing film but The Dark Knight is another beast entirely with Heath Ledger’s presence being felt throughout the entire film. Christian Bale does a great job but it is really the villains taking center stage with Aaron Eckhart giving the performance of a lifetime as Harvey Dent. Just an amazing film that you have to see sometime.