It is rare that there is a pin-drop silence in the theater while a movie is playing. Usually there are people who are talking, giggling, making fun of one thing or another, people getting restless and banging your seat from the back and mobile phones ringing and being answered. It is rare that a movie commands your apt attention and that is what I witnessed in the theater as this mesmerizing last installment of the Dark Night Series unfolded. No one moved for 165 minutes.

The biggest challenge for Christopher Nolan was to at least match the benchmark of The Dark Knight. The absolute terror which Joker created in that movie will remain unparalleled in the world of cinema. This movie needed its own moments to make people forget Joker. I knew that if I would have missed Joker, this movie would not have worked for me. And I didn’t.

Set eight years after Batman disappears after taking the blame of Harvey Dent‘s murder, Gotham is peaceful and free of organised crime. Enters Bane and things go for a toss. I would not reveal the whole plot here as the movie connects to the Batman Begins at a lot of places, there are pieces of the jigsaw which fall into place, so it would be a good idea to watch it before going for this one.

There are a lot of sequences in the movie which gives you goosebumps, like the opening sequence in which an airplane is pulled up by a bigger aircraft, the first appearance of the Bat hovercraft when Batman is cornered into a dark alley, the moment when Bane hits the button and the whole American football ground caves in and cat burglar Selina Kyle driving the Bat Pod. Amidst all this mayhem, there are moments which gives depth to the characters, like the one between Bruce and his butler Alfred where Alfred tells him that he does not want to bury him and the one between Selina and Bruce where she tells him to save himself as he has given enough to the city.

Nolan uses three of his Inception cast members here – Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a Blake who is a smart police officer who inferred Bruce’s actual identity and one of the very few officers left on the ground (you will know what I mean when you see the movie), Marion Cotillard as Miranda who is one of the board members of the Wayne Enterprise and plays a key role and of course Tom Hardy as BaneAnne Hathaway as Selina is an interesting grey character but finally joins the fight against Bane and God! does she look sexy riding that Bat Pod. There was quite a lot of whistling in the theater when she knocks down the enemy vehicles with it. Christian Bale is the perfect Batman. He has that sadness on his face.

The movie is fast paced and constantly keeps you engaged. There are times when the scenes rush and you feel that the movie is trying to squeeze in a lot of things but you can ignore such times. A lot of credit goes to the background score too. It pumps up the events, creating an aura of terror. All the recent Nolan movies like Inception and the Dark Knight had exceptional background scores too. These movies can act as a case study as to how a good background score can elevate a movie to a new level.

*spoiler alert*

I found the graphics a bit patchy in a few places like a few shots where the missiles are following the Bat Hovercraft. We have seen better. Also, Miranda’s death scene was comical. She died like a Bollywood hero – closing her eyes and jerking her head.

*spoiler ends*

As the movie ended, people clapped and whistled and let out the breath they were holding. Take a bow Mr. Nolan for giving us this epic finale of the masterpiece trilogy.

Rating – 4.5/5

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

18 Comments

  1. Wanderer July 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Definitely gonna catch it this wednesday. Thanks for the wonderful review without much spoilers on the main plot. I will watch the first one before going.

    • Amit July 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Wanderer. Do watch it. It is so much fun. 🙂

      • Wanderer July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        I’m a Batman and Bale fan and won’t miss it for anything 🙂

  2. pixie July 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to watch it!! 😀
    But, theatres have scared me off a bit after the shooting incident at the theatre close to where we live!
    I will watch this once I am able to sit longer in the same position in the theatre!!

    • Amit July 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Yes, I think it would be better to wait for a while. What a sad incident! And those people were just enjoying themselves. It was very cruel.

  3. Ashwathy July 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Honestly speaking, I preferred the last movie to this one. This movie has its moments definitely, but somewhere something is missing. That’s the feel I got. Even when Bane terrorizes the entire city, and Bruce Wayne is down in the pit trying to escape with his life, I did not feel pulled in by the collar to the horror they were feeling. The tension was however VERY apparent when Heath Ledger immortalized Joker in the previous movie.
    Somewhere I felt a little bit let down by this one.

    • Amit July 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Well, I agree that the previous movie was good and Joker was someone who can never be recreated by any other actor but without comparing, I found this movie very engrossing. It had the same feel but Bane as a villian is very different from Joker. There is no room for Bane to express himself through his entire face, which was a major advantage Joker’s charecter had.
      Anyways, to each his own. 🙂

      • Ashwathy July 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        I do agree that having to act with a mask over his head throughout the movie the movie proves a considerable disadvantage. But I was referring more to the entire feel of where he terrorizes and paralyses Gotham…. it had more to do with the direction than anything else (or so I felt).

        They initially start off with 5 months before the bomb goes off…. and then suddenly hey presto! cut to 23 days… and then we are right at the day before D-day. It’s like they were giving time for Batman to heal and escape rather than torture him with the visuals of the dying city! 😛 The timeline could have been worked upon.

        But the movie was good in parts. The visuals were stunning, the action was really good. Loved the way the bits and pieces of the movie came together: Batman repeating Bane’s dialogue back at him “and then you have my permission to die” in the end, how Alfred looks over at the cafe in end of the movie and way before he even sits down in his seat we know what his eyes are going to find 🙂 The stadium crashing down was a fabulous shot!

        And yes, LOL, Tate did have a Bollywood drama hero’s ending! :mrgreen:

        And before ppl beat me up for offering so many spoilers, u can make my comment private! 😛 🙄

      • Amit July 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        Well, yes, the previous movie was definitely superior. There is no doubt about that.
        Haha! Well, he was never expected to escape. 🙂 And they did tried stuff like snow to show the passage of time but then somehow everything was moving at a rapid pace. Yes, they could have put in more stuff there.
        But, it felt good. A time well spent.

  4. Danny Simon July 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Nice review…. The trailer ain’t working tho… Will definitely check it out!

    • Amit July 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Danny. It’s not? I checked it like 10 times. Will check again.

      • Danny Simon July 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        Now it does…. 😉

      • Amit July 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        Thanks Danny. Yes, I changed the link.

  5. theSuda July 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    First of all, I didn’t know you were alive in this (blog) world 😀
    Second I liked the post before reading it, you know why? because the title had the words The Dark Knight Rises 😀
    Then you mentioned Selina Kyle riding the bat pod and I went out of focus for few moments remembering it 😀
    And yes I did not miss joker though everyone else who watched movie with me did.

    I loved Alfred in this movie, he almost made me cry, almost.

    Also as Ashwathy said, the timeline didn’t feel like timeline. I was surprised to see snow for a moment. Also the scene where Batman is back for first time i.e. the Stock market fiasco scene, daytime suddenly switched to nighttime… it was simply obvious change. I was even hoping when the chase scene started that this would not happen. But it did. Doesn’t matter much though, as death of Miranda Tate was downright funny.

    Did you feel that Bane did not get the proper ending as much as we hoped?

    • Amit July 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      I came out of my coffin in December. I was thirsting for some blog blood.
      And you are into photography now? 🙂
      Yes, it was a very enjoyable experience. There were many good chunks.
      I think there wasn’t much time to show a 5 months elapsed time. I agree.

      Bane, yes, killed too suddenly. I thought he would go down with a roar.

      • theSuda July 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        I was always into photography btw and I was never really into blogging.. 😀 😉

  6. Bangali Baba July 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    I saw it last night and was completely blown away. After watching DKR, avengers and amazing spidey look like silly cartoons. Nolan turned batman into something more than just a superhero. I can go on and on…but well…hehe 😀

    • Amit July 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Yes, I agree. There is something real about the series. It doesn’t look like your average superhero movie. 🙂

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