Sunday, 29 July 2012

On Film: The Dark Knight Rises

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I'm not going to beat about the bush on this one, and I won't give away any of the plot-lines. I went to see The Dark Knight Rises on Friday and was astounded. Simply amazing.

The Dark Knight Rises is amazing - a perfectly fitting ending to Christopher Nolan's adaptations of the comic books. Now I haven't read any of the comic books, but I work with boys who have, and they say that, up until now, the films are pretty faithful to the comic books.

The previous films: Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were both amazing. The Joker was possibly Heath Ledger's best role (my personal favourite was Ten Things I Hate About You but that's not the point). For me, the final installment was no disappointment.

The can never a villain as great as the Joker, however Tom Hardy's Bane was fantastic to watch. A villain whose face is completely disguised by a mask, which even muffled his voice in some parts, who can still come across as pure evil is not an easy feat. Hardy portrayed every single emotion and facial expression purely with his eyes and eyebrows and was completely 100 percent convincing. He stole the show.

The Batman/Bane scenes are brilliant as they are pretty evenly matched in terms of strength and intelligence; it would have been easy to portray Bane as a simple, mindless brute, but he is obviously intelligent and is a brilliant opponent for Batman. The Joker was obviously much more intelligent, and the Scarecrow was nowhere up to scratch as a villain when it came to tackling Batman. 

There are some darkly comedic moments throughout the entire film, along with some wonderful twists and turns which haven't appeared in the previous two films. For me, some aspects of The Dark Knight were predictable, you could foretell the deaths, however, in The Dark Knight Rises there were a few twists which I did not see coming at all.

The ending is slightly cheesy, however it was a completely suitable conclusion. I don't think the trilogy could have ended in any other way - the other alternative would have ruined the film completely.

The film, in my eyes, was perfectly cast; Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman all fulfilled their previous roles brilliantly, as to be expected. Anne Hathaway was stunning as Catwoman, showing a perfect amount of vulnerability, and I am ridiculously jealous that I don't look that awesome in a catsuit. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was brilliant too, although I could watch him eat and find it entertaining.

A truly spectacular conclusion to a truly spectacular trilogy. Tom Hardy, marry me.

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