Film: The Dark Knight Rises
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
What I thought of it:
I’m a bit of a comic book geek and will freely admit to my love of films based on them. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Batman. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t? He dresses in black, drives the Batmobile (which is the coolest car ever), and has his gadget-filled utility belt. He is also tremendously flawed, which is always a good thing in a vigilante hero. This greatly anticipated third film in the rebooted franchise was always going to be on my wish-list of movies to watch.
The trailer was suitably awesome. Unfortunately, it fell prey to the age-old problem of not living up to that promise.
Yes, you read that right – I was singularly unimpressed by this final installment in the Dark Knight trilogy.
Let’s start with the most obvious problem – the stupid voices. Not one, but two this time round. Not only do we have Bale’s gravelly tones when he dons the mask, we’re treated to the weird sing-song clamped-over-mouth delivery of Bane. It’s a shame because I really do like Tom Hardy – he’s a fine actor and, boy, did he bulk up for this role, but let’s face it, as a Batman villain, Bane sucks. Big time.
Then there’s the length. A full 165 minutes of movie which has its plot stretched out mighty thin to cover the time. It could have been done in half that and I wouldn’t have had a numb backside at the end of it.
There are some positive points – Levitt is always wonderful to watch, and his naturalistic performance here does him credit; Oldman has been perfect as Commissioner Gordon; and Caine, well he always adds a touch of class by his very presence.
Unfortunately that’s about it. I was annoyed at the tiny role played in the previous movie by Harvey “Two Face” Dent – his evil alter ego villain was given about 5 minutes of screen time towards the end of The Dark Knight. The character was completely wasted when this should really have been his movie. He’s a much better character than Bane, that’s for sure. As it is ,there has been only one villain who has made an appearance in all three installments of the trilogy – I’ll leave it to the viewer to see if they can spot him.
A generous two stars – one for each of the stupid voices.