SideReel Review - The Dark Knight Rises (2012) starring Christian Bale & Anne Hathaway - by Yael Tygiel

The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy concludes with the epic cinematic adventure, The Dark Knight Rises. A terrifying (and generally unintelligible) new villain, Bane (played by a beefed up, yet mumbly, Tom Hardy), takes over Gotham forcing the Batman out of retirement. Fans of the comics will thoroughly enjoy watching their hero rebuild himself to save his city. And, to be honest, they will enjoy it more if they invest in seeing it in IMAX - the sweeping views of the city are unbelievably breathtaking, but nothing is as mesmerizing as Anne Hathaway's undeniable beauty (especially in IMAX).

Surprisingly, Catwoman has not been a character that I cared for until now. Hathaway's performance as Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is sleek, sexy, and maybe even purrfection! Never before have I seen a Catwoman embody the name so thoroughly; she moves with the agility of a feline, and the swagger of a vixen. 

Keeping his vision of the Dark Knight's tale consistent meant Christopher Nolan had to sprinkle characters from the previous films throughout the nearly three hour drama, including cameos from Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy. But, if you're like me, you'll sit there wondering where you've seen some of the minor characters before: Bane's right-hand-man is Josh Stewart from No Ordinary Family. Reggie Lee from Grimm and No Ordinary Family plays Ross, Det. Blake's partner. And Daggett's associate is played by Torchwood's Burn Gorman. Also, keep an eye out for Daniel "been-on-every-show" Sunjata from Rescue Me, Law & Order: SVU, Grey's Anatomy, etc. 

Aside from one (slightly irritating, yet not at all important) question, The Dark Knight Rises was the most satisfying conclusion to a trilogy I've ever seen. All the loose ends were tied up, viewers are not left wondering anything, and all the little "winks" at the audience were revealed in a pleasant manner.

The Dark Knight Rises is rated PG-13 and is now playing.

-Yael Tygiel


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