The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2012)

Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Ben Mendelsohn

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Bruce/Batman finds support in butler Alfred (Michael Caine) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), who builds all those wonderful bat gadgets. And beautiful philanthropist Miranda Tate (the remarkable Marion Cotillard) and idealistic young cop John Blake (a sensationally good Joseph Gordon- Levitt) spring surprises no one sees coming. I can’t say more without spoilers, but a refresher in Batman Begins, the League of Shadows and evil genius Ra’s al Ghul really helps. Otherwise, just let The Dark Knight Rises propel you into Nolan’s carefully wrought maze. You may have to fight yourself out. But a movie this potent and provocative is well worth the battle. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

Cf. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005), The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008).

Other Batman movies: Batman (Tim Burton, 1989), Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher, 1995; Batman & Robin, 1997); Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder, 2016).
Other Batmen: Michael Keaton (Tim Burton, Batman, 1989), Val Kilmer (Joel Schumacher, Batman Forever, 1995), George Clooney (Joel Schumacher, Batman & Robin, 1997).
Other reviews. Luke Buckmaster on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder, 2016).

Garry Gillard | New: 8 September, 2018 | Now: 8 September, 2018