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Dark Knight Rises, The (2012)
Movie Review by The Cenobite

Dark Knight Rises, The (2012) Christopher Nolans last Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, as a comic fan and a huge Nolan fan my expectations for this film could not have been higher. Other critics have been wish washy with there reviews of Dark Knight some say its muddled, to long, and does not work. I pride and make fun of myself for having seen every comic movie Hollywood has overexposed us to the last fifteen years. In The Dark Knight Rises Nolan and crew have done something I have never seen or should I say felt. Over the last two films and culminating in this one what changed is I care! I care for Bruce Wayne I care for Alfred Pennyworth and I care for Fox. Dark Knight waste no time in introducing the most evil villain of all time you meet Bane early in the film, and most of you have heard his voice in the previews but it is evil in the film. You never doubt for a second that Bane is what he is a powerhouse that can take Gotham down. I read all about Bane and age fourteen I picked up the novelization of the "Knightfall" story arc and since then wanted him to be done right in a film. Please forget the idiot portrayal of Bane in Batman and robin. You learn a little about his past in the film but not enough to where its cheesy. The other big addition is Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and while ive never been a big fan of hers she rocks in this movie. It is the subtle things Nolan does that humanizes these icons for example Catwomans robber goggles when put on top her head look like cat ears. Christian Bale is back as Bruce Wayne and the movie starts eight years in the future with him withdrawn and retired. Spoilers aside this movie has the action, story, and guts to end the trilogy on a great note. The movie is a little short of three hours but to me never dragged. Bale once again shows why he is one of my favorite actors and also why theres no debate to the best Batman actor. I have a picture artist Alex Ross drew of Bruce Wayne his cowl in background staring at his back in a mirror, and his back is scarred up from top to bottom. That is the Batman I love that is the Batman Nolan nailed he is human he is dark and he is tortured. Do yourself a favor and if you are a fan of the first two go see this asap you will not be disappointed. I'm saddened that its over but elated it ended this way. I hope the comic world learns a lesson from Dark Knight Rises you do not need 3d films and Michael Bay action to get it done. Why do we relate to these heroes why do we devote our time to reading there struggles, because there is a little Bruce Wayne in all of us. I do not know whats next for Batman Franchise and I do not see how it could get better maybe its time to shelf it for awhile and let Nolans trilogy be the defining work of the Dark Knight on film.

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