So it’s been more than a week since I watched Dark Knight Rises. There’s thousands of reviews and opinions out there and mine may not even make an iota of difference to convince someone to go watch it. There were a few reasons I haven’t been able to bring this review to fruition. Laziness was one of them. But for the most part, I wasn’t sure what to write about. Had it left me speechless? Hmmm, I don’t know. I’ll put it thus: I didn’t know how I would keep raving about the experience. Truth be told, no matter how I try, I can’t even pinpoint the individual factors that made the entire experience rave-worthy. I was thrilled as the end credits started flashing. And I gave a standing ovation, as did the rest of the audience. As much as America loves cinema, standing ovations are hard to come by. This itself says a lot about Dark Knight Rises.
While Dark Knight Rises might not have the fabulously eerie Heath Ledger to add spark, the star this time around is the story. And Nolan knows how to weave that extra bit of magic in his stories. This is your most basic story of good versus evil. Bad guy loses at the end, good guy wins. But yet, Nolan’s added plenty of twists and turns to keep you glued to the goings-on. Most importantly, he knows how to end his movies on a high. Which is why, despite the lengthy durations, many viewers walk away satisfied. The same is true of Dark Knight Rises. I just cannot imagine a grander finale to the Batman saga.
As enamored as I am of him, I’m realizing I need to stop harping on about Nolan. I mean no disrespect to the actors. Christian Bale continued to add the right amount of suaveness and machoness to the character of Batman. Special mention must also be made of Tom Hardy. His character’s face is half-covered by a mask for the entire movie. But those eyes! Those eyes don’t require a voice or face to instill fear. The background score by Hans Zimmer also plays a huge part. In fact, it may just remind you of Inception.
The sad part is that it’s over. And we may possibly never see another Batman movie directed by Nolan (I dearly hope I’m proven wrong). Just like any Nolan movie, I may just watch it again (.... and again). If you haven’t already, definitely go watch it. Even if you have, go watch it again anyways. I know I will.
Watch it if you liked: The previous Batman movies, Batman Begins and Dark Knight. Also if you’re a Christopher Nolan fan. Also if you read the Batman comics published by DC Comics. Plenty of reasons to go watch it at the Shaker Square Cinemas.