Monday, November 19, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


[an Epic conclusion ,bound to leave you speechless in awe]

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
IMDB- 8.8 (Top 250 - #30)
Rottentomatoes- 87%
RJG Rating- 100

8 years after Harvey Dent's death and Batman's disappearance ,a new evil ,in the form of Bane arrives at Gotham.

Starring- Christian Bale ,Tom Hardy ,Anne Hathaway ,Joseph Gordon
Director- Christopher Nolan
Written -Christopher & Jonathan Nolan (Story -Christopher Nolan & David Goyer)
Music - Hans Zimmer
Cinematography -Wally Pfister

4 years after the raging success of The Dark Knight,Christopher Nolan is back to end what he started.In 2005 ,he started with Batman Begins ,a movie about the birth of a hero.In 2008 ,he returned with The Dark Knight ,a movie about the hero's life at its peak and his fall from grace.In 2012 ,with The Dark Knight Rises ,he has given that hero a finale that changes your perception of what a 'superhero movie' is.

Acting
Christian Bale knocks it out of the park.He gives his best performance as Batman in TDKR.Shining not only as Batman ,but also the man behind the mask,Bruce Wayne.With each Batman movie, he gives a certain shade to each ones personality.With TDKR ,he plays a very matured character .
Tom Hardy.Even though he has to stand in the enormous shadow cast by Heath Ledger's Joker(from TDK) ,Tom plays a powerful role as Bane.His very presence is enough to send a chill up your spine.Just amazing.Tom Hardy's Bane is ruthless and just pure evil.His eyes is the only means of communication (with the mask covering 75%of his face) and he fully utilises them to deliver his dialogues.He has made Bane into one of the best villains of all time.
Joseph Gordon as Blake is yet another character that you wont easily forget after watching TDKR.Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle gives one of her best performances and does an excellent job.These two have been the result of perfect casting and direction, since usually with such a strong leads as Bale & Hardy ,the supporting actors are easily pushed out .But in TDKR ,the strong supporting cast share many major scenes giving their characters importance.
Returning to their previous roles are Morgan Freeman ,Micheal Caine and Gary Oldman.Morgan & Gary shines while Caine's role was short compared to Begins & TDK.

Story
The Nolan Brothers have come up with yet another Batman movie that makes you think and enjoy at the same time.Its a dark story ,but its something that was completely appropriate for the final chapter on The Dark Knight series.The success of the story lies on how well the brothers have developed the characters.They have also given nods to the characters comic book roots, and people who have knowledge on the comic background of the characters will notice how much the Nolans have tried to bring on screen.The story is deep and takes the final movie to a more larger stage.Reconnecting with the first movie (Begins) gives a sense of completion to this saga of The Dark Knight.The dialogues were excellent but doesnt match upto those of Begins & TDK.

Direction
Having 'Nolan' in a movie ,has now become a trademark for movie quality .Christopher Nolan doesnt disappoint one bit.With all the anticipation and hype about TDKR it would have been easy to get messed up ,but Nolan delivers yet another movie that not lives upto the expectation but also gives a fond farewell to a character that has redefined the superhero genre of the current generation.With TDKR he displays his skill for bringing reality onto the screen.The movie is an epic conclusion ,an end to a series that has battled with themes such as Fear & Chaos, Right & Wrong.With TDKR ,Nolan connects the themes of Batman Begins to the resulting events of TDK ,giving the viewers a satisfying conclusion.The movie is Nolan's longest movie (165min) ,and this might take a toll on some ,but every minute of the movie is pure intensity and importance.With TDKR ,Nolan crosses the lines of a standard superhero movie.At times its hard to consider this as a superhero movie.That itself speaks volumes on Nolan's work.

The cinematography from Wally Pfister is just magnificent.The cities ,the desert ,the underground,the fights,the Bat ,wow! The scenes will leave you short of breath!
The music from Hans Zimmer is grand and haunting.Although it isnt as great as TDK ,its still amazing.
The action sequences are brilliantly choreographed and executed perfectly.

Overall ,TDKR is perfection,another feather on Nolan's cap.Its not only the best movie of the year ,without doubt,its also one of the best of all time.A must watch.Thankyou Mr.Nolan.

Acting- 5/5
Story- 5/5
Direction- 5/5
Action- 5/5
Drama- 5/5
Thriller- 5/5

P.S my ranking of The Dark Knight Trilogy
1-TDKR
2-Begins
3-TDK
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