Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Tom:
The Dark Knight Rises,2012,USA/UK
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale,Anne Hathaway & Tom Hardy
Bruce Wayne: Why didn't you just... kill me?
Bane: You don't fear death... You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.

Film #14 of The December Project

From the years 1995 till 2004, Batman was a joke. This was thanks to film director and former window dresser Joel Schumacher, whose heartless approach to this beloved icon damn near destroyed his reputation in the public eye. In 2005, Christopher Nolan changed all that when he made 'Batman Begins', thanks to Nolan and actor Christian Bale, the Batman had risen from the depths once again. Three years later saw the release of not only the greatest Batman film, but the greatest superhero film in general and a bonefide masterpiece in 'The Dark Knight', Batman was once again the most beloved hero on the planet. Now in the year 2012, Nolan's take on the masked vigilante had come to a close, but not without once again establishing Batman as the very best, with 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Eight years after the Joker's reign of terror on Gotham city, which saw the personal destruction of Gotham's 'White Knight' Harvey Dent, who thanks to the Joker committed horrible crimes of his own to which Batman had taken the fall, Bruce Wayne and the Batman have been living in exile, after Gotham has labeled him the enemy. Now a new storm is rising, as a new destructive terrorist known as Bane, looks to 'liberate' Gotham city, this brings out the Batman from hiding, who must save a city that sees him as evil.

This was my first time seeing the film since the cinema. I adored the film when I first saw it, but have gradually become aware of how many plot holes the film featured, it has consumed my thoughts on this film.Also I watched 'The Dark Knight' soon after which of course overshadows this film. I was anxious to see the film again to remember why I loved it so much. Today my Blu-Ray copy arrived from eBay, and for 165 minutes I sat back and realized why I loved this film so much, because its fucking incredible!

Nolan has achieved the pinnacle of Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking with this trilogy, he has so beautifully and masterfully mended both spectacle and art. I will never look at Blockbusters the same way again, because Nolan has shown us how great they can be, anything else seems lazy and Michael Bayish.

This film is of course masterfully directed, Nolan is truly in control of all elements of this film and is truly capable of shaping it to the exact extent that he wants. As I mentioned above, the script does feature plotholes, numerous of them in fact especially if you compare it to the two other films, but this film is more focused on the spectacle of it all, of creating a monster of a film that will entice and spellbind viewers for generations to come. The final 40 minutes of this film is truly special, it will take you by its grip and provide you with a white knuckle experience that only a few other films can truly provide, a spectacle in itself.

The film is incredibly shot by Wally Pfister, who is my second favorite cinematographer at the moment, he truly captures every inch of Gotham city,he makes us believe Gotham is a factual city. The way he moves the camera is so beautiful and so involving.

The film features great performances all round and is truly an ensemble piece. My favorite actor Christian Bale,in my opinion, gives hes finest finest showing as Bruce Wayne, and Say what you will about Tom Hardy's Bane, I thought the guy was fantastic, what  a scary villain, sure hes no Joker but hes still pretty damn enthralling, hes the perfect match for the Batman, both mentally and physically. Anne Hathaway blew me away, I wasn't very excited to see her in this film and she ended up being possibly its greatest trait. Joseph Gordon Levitt continues his awesome run of performances here, while returning cast such as Morgan Freeman,Gary Oldman and Michael Caine are all great.

'The Dark Knight Rises' is one of the best films of 2012, I have used the word spectacle, a number of times in this review, and I don't think there is a more fitting word to describe this film, because it is truly that. A film that can not be bound by the big screen. Thank you Christopher Nolan, for creating an amazing film trilogy, and thank you for putting the Dark Knight back on the pedestal where he belongs!

****1/2

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