The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
|Writers:||David S. Goyer, Jonathan Nolan, Bob Kane|
|Released:||Friday, July 20, 2012|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.
Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” supervised the visual and special effects, respectively. The music is composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).
In helming the film, Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras.
The locations span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release beginning July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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The Dark Knight Rises Theatrical Review
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The film opens with an exciting kidnapping that takes place in the air aboard a transport carrying three criminals. When things start to get out of hand, a super villain takes over. In the meantime Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has been living in seclusion at his home for eight years with Batman out of service following the accusation that he killed Gotham's honored District Attorney Harvey Dent. Since crime has lessened over this period, the need for the Batman hasn't been necessary.
But, super villain Bane (Tom Hardy) rears his ugly head with a plan to destroy Gotham. With the help of John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a rookie cop who has a nose for trouble, and Commissioner Gordon, Batman comes out of hiding and powers up his bat cycle. When he gets captured by Bane and gets put in an inescapable prison, it starts to look bleak for Gotham.
This may be the best Dark Knight film ever, or at least as good as the previous two because the three work amazingly good as a trilogy. While I can only name a handful of trilogies that really worked over the years, the quality and progressive darkness that this Batman has revealed in its three movies certainly makes this super hero the best crime fighter ever.
Of course constant commendable direction by Christopher Nolan for all three Batman films certainly doesn't hurt the franchise. He even ramps this one up with multi-bat mobiles and a bat-copter. His nicely placed CGI works here especially during the destruction of the bridges, a football field collapsing, tunnels caving and many other scenes too numerous to mention. Nolan ignites the excitement in the very beginning then teases his audience with several skirmishes in between leading up to a huge explosive finale.
The skillful acting in The Dark Knight Rises makes each character work. From Anne Hathaway's Catwoman to Tom Hardy's Bane, the new cast members make each of their roles better than those in other comic book based films released this year. A sly cat burglar, Selena can move in the dark, swipe jewels and repel off tall buildings like a graceful ballerina. And when it comes to being tough, even Batman takes her on as his sidekick while he battles the notorious Bane. As for Hardy, the nasty character he produces makes any of the other adversaries in other movies this year look meek compared to the bullish Bane. Even with his face partially covered by breathing apparatus (reminded me of Darth Vader) you can still feel the burning looks that he creates.
There are several major twists that make the film intriguing. Just when you think Batman has his prey, something happens to change the situation. In other scenes we find Batman has weaknesses that keep him captive. Here Nolan borrows a few ideas from Batman Begins like his retreat into ‘darkness' to build his body to be a crime fighter. Here it's a do or die situation in a pit where he hones his muscles and bones to rise above his captors.
I can't say enough about The Dark Knight Rises except that maybe this year it will finally be recognized by the Academy of Arts and Sciences and be chosen as one of the best films of 2012. Certainly Nolan deserves a nod for what he has accomplished, Cinematographer Wally Pfister who shot the film using an IMAX camera even more extensively than he did in the previous two, special effects artists Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould who give the audience a feel of what it would be like to feel crime machines taking to the streets creating havoc and a top notch performance by Christian Bale as the man who proved to be the best crime fighter behind a mask.
The advertising surrounding the film touts that "The Legend Ends," but the Batman legacy will never end. For his fans, Nolan must dig into the abyss of his creative mind and come up with a fourth film that will fester another diabolical character that needs to be taken down. Maybe it's time for ROBIN? I feel that at the end of the run of The Dark Knight Rises it would be apropos for a Twitter campaign to Warner Brothers, Nolan, and Producer Emma Thomas to name a few to get their motors running.
The Dark Knight Rises has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. The IMAX sound system shakes the auditorium seats from its high tech speakers during huge bomb blasts, roaring engines, collapsing bridges and many more scenes of ear wrenching power. For the best experience I recommend seeing the film in the IMAX format, but if you cannot afford the additional cost, make sure you get a good seat close to a speaker for added enjoyment.
FINAL ANALYSIS: The best Batman (The Dark Knight) got better. (A)
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