I believe in Christopher Nolan. For me, there was never any doubt that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ would be a worthy finale to his Batman trilogy. I went in with expectations even higher than ‘The Dark Knight’, and I’m proud to say that, once again, Nolan has surpassed them.
‘Batman Begins‘ took everyone by surprise in 2005. After Joel Schumacher wrecked the franchise, I doubt that anyone expected anything good from a Batman movie ever again. But Christopher Nolan took the Dark Knight and told his tale in an engaging way that had never been portrayed on screen. Expectations were extremely high for the follow-up, ‘The Dark Knight‘. Nolan not only managed to meet those expectations, but exceed them.
When Heath Ledger died, it seemed like the series was in limbo. Would Nolan do another Batman film, or wouldn’t he? Did his plan for the series go out the window with Ledger’s passing? Who knows? I remember reading an interview given during the promotion of ‘Inception’, where Nolan was quoted saying that he wouldn’t do another Batman film unless he could write one better than ‘The Dark Knight’.
Fear not as you read on, I refuse to spoil a single detail about ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Little has been revealed about the actual story. We’ve only been shown some amazing images. Rumors have flown over the last two years. Supposed spoilers have been leaked, there’s a ton of speculation out there. No matter what you’ve heard, what you’ve read or what you may think, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is phenomenal.
Eight years have passed since Harvey Dent’s death and the transition of Bruce Wayne’s secret side character from protector to “dark knight.” The first half of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ sets up what has happened to Gotham and our central characters in that time. We learn a little about Bane and his presence. The second hour is when things get real. If you thought that ‘The Dark Knight’ was bleak, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This is the darkest hour. “Grim” doesn’t even begin to describe how bad things get. The final 45 minutes deliver a huge climax and a final resolution for the trilogy.
As the credits began to roll, I was overwhelmed and speechless. Nolan did it. He took a series, brought it full circle and gave it a huge, fitting grand finale. Mind you, this wasn’t planned as a trilogy from the beginning. But if you didn’t know that, you’d believe this was written from the get-go. Nolan ties all three movies into one, awesomely-wrapped perfect package.
I also walked away feeling exhausted – not just because of the nearly three-hour runtime, but due to the constantly changing range of emotions that I experienced throughout. I wanted to cheer (in fact, I think I actually did a few times), I was tensed up so badly that I caught myself holding my breath and tightening all my muscles, and I even wanted to cry at times. Had I not been surrounded by friends, I probably would’ve let out a tear or two. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ contains everything that you expect from a movie.
I cannot express enough love for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. I loved, loved, loved it. The story takes on an ever bigger scale. The action is even better. The emotions are even more present. It’s better than 99% of dramas out there, and it’s an absolutely perfect bow for one of the best movie trilogies of all time. Here’s to hoping that the Academy finally throws something Nolan’s way come Oscar season.
As much as I love you, suck on that, Marvel!