The Dark Knight Rises

Superhero trilogy concluder lives up to the hype

The Dark Knight Rises was always destined to be a great film, with the build up from Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), there had to be an amazing conclusion to the trilogy.

I can definitely say that this is the film everyone has been waiting for, it is two hours and forty minutes of non-stop action with a gripping storyline that you will not want to go to the toilet in the cinema and miss a minute of.

The story centres once again around billionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) who is living in exile after the death of Harvey Dent, however the rise of supervillain, Bane (Tom Hardy), makes it impossible for Batman to stay hidden any longer. The caped crusader, with a little help from Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), realises that he must bring down Bane before he causes complete havoc and destruction over Gotham City.

The film stars some of the greatest names in Hollywood: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Cillian Murphy and Gary Oldman, and it is safe to say that every actor gave their utmost best into their characters, I don’t believe there was a faulty character throughout the film. The best through my eyes were Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt who committed to their roles so well and made them feel so realistic.

Being more of a fan of the Batman comics rather than the films, I was slightly sceptical about whether it would live up to the hype, also Christian Bale is an actor who I loathe in films (excluding American Psycho) and that gave me another reason not to be attracted to this picture. After watching The Dark Knight Rises though I now know what all the hype was about, it is a brilliant film, and even Christian Bale wasn’t too bad throughout.

Tom Hardy’s role of Bane is incredible, he really makes you feel like this character is pure evil, and every other aspect of him; the mask, the voice, the muscles, creates a psychotic villain which is made scarier by the fact that he could actually be real.

Like with Inception, Christopher Nolan has brought another epic masterpiece to the cinema which has been enjoyed by all, comic and new fans alike.