‘The Dark Knight Rises’ wraps up trilogyBatman has always been one of my favorite superheroes, since he (along with Iron Man) has to use other means of fighting than actual super powers. Batman uses training and technology, mostly, in his drive to ride Gotham of evil-doers.
By: By Laurel Woiwode, The Jamestown Sun
Posted July 23, 2012
Batman has always been one of my favorite superheroes, since he (along with Iron Man) has to use other means of fighting than actual super powers. Batman uses training and technology, mostly, in his drive to ride Gotham of evil-doers.
I was wondering how Director Christopher Nolan would wrap up his Batman trilogy, since The Dark Knight Rises was billed as the “epic conclusion.” There were many rumors about the outcome, but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it.
One thing I noticed were the allusions to and use of themes from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” It was an interesting and powerful idea, especially the illustration of what a modern-day French revolution might look like. Frightening and horrific.
The Dark Knight Rises is an example of what can be done to make a movie both an excellent action movie and a movie with plot and character development. The movie showcases many of the previous stars — obviously Christian Bale as Wayne/Batman — but also Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Some excellent new additions were Anne Hathaway as Selena Kyle/Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Officer John Blake, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. And then, of course, there was Tom Hardy as Bane. He was the opposite kind of creepy from Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight” — he was quiet and powerful instead of loquacious and sly.
The Dark Knight Rises was an excellent way to wrap up the trilogy. The conclusion was done well — it wasn’t sloppy, quick, or easy, but rather thoughtful and intriguing. It is well worth watching, even if you haven’t seen the others.
Woiwode, of Jamestown, shares reviews of movies and television shows at reelquickie.areavoices.com