The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Review

‘Christopher Nolan’ really doesn’t make bad films. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was a great film to end the epic trilogy Nolan started with Batman Begins and then made better with ‘The Dark Knight’. This film really brings the old school epics such as ‘Ben-Hur’ with thousands of extras running around on giant sets to the modern era of films. But sadly it was the last of this superhero trilogy and possibly the best adaptation of a comic hero we will ever see.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane

The best advice I can give to anyone going to see this film is to watch it, watch it now! (Now)In IMAX if possible. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


Just as always I will not be giving away any spoilers so you don’t have to worry about reading this review before seeing the film, although you may wish wait until you have seen the film. To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was very passionate especially between Alfred and Bruce with some very emotional scenes. Then you have Bane the pain who was brilliantly played by Tom Hardy for a truly menacing and powerful villain. Bane gets my best actor of the film this time closely followed by Cat Woman (Meow). More on bane because he was fantastic, there were times when he is funny and then times when he cruel and powerful. I was a little worried that Tom Hardy wasn’t going to be able to play the physical superiority that was needed in the fight between Him and Batman but gladly he pulled it off perfectly. Now for the main character or as we prefer The Dark Knight. He cries, he gets broken, he rises from the ashes of defeat and he makes friends and gets new toys to play with, but he still has that terribly throat infection. My favourite line would be one of banes obviously which goes “You only adopted the dark… I was born there… The shadows betray you… because they belong to me.” Then again he said so many great lines it’s hard to just pick one (I can do a mean Bane Impression, just saying). Then there is Anne Hathaway’s Cat woman which was surprisingly good and one of my favourite characters in this film, she creates a great relationship out of Batman and Cat Woman which was done very well with cheeky charm straight from the comics (doesn’t hurt that she was really sexy as well).

Think I have talked enough about Bane’s power, Batman’s voice and Cat Woman’s charm. Now let’s talk about something more explosive and IMAX worthy like the visuals (BOOOOM!). The special effects, physical props and visual landscape shots where excellent viewing as expected of a Nolan film, it seems even more spectacular when you learn how little of the film was actually done with CGI but with real props and vehicles. The Bat was actually a full scale prop which got transported around the streets on a crane mount and then edited after shooting, nobody but Nolan would put that much detail into making the whole batman world feel real. When I mentioned the new take on old film epics like Ben-Hur I think of that scene with thousands of Gotham cops fighting Banes mercenary army, this never gets done anymore because CGI usually just gets used to build the rest of the people, but I think that it doesn’t beat the grandness of having thousands of real people fighting in a street. The best thing I felt about this films look was the way that they went everywhere to shoot even the most insignificant scenes just so that Nolan could create every scene the way he wanted it to look without needing CGI, an example would be the plane escape which was filmed over Scotland with stunt crew who actually did most of that scene which when you see it will really surprise you.

Must Watch Trailer:

The best review I found would be “Christopher Nolan insists on the seriousness of the Batman mythology; he has thoroughly reinvented it, re-authored it and thought it through, in a way no other director has done with any other summer franchise.” Peter Bradshaw. True words to Judge Nolan’s efforts to create an unrelentingly realistic batman franchise which has never been done as well as this film franchise. My favourite scene without giving anything away would be either the first fight between bane and batman because it shows banes complete physical superiority over batman, or the scene when Roland Daggett begins to scream in banes face saying that he should be ruling Wayne enterprises by now and stating he has given bane money, but then bane stops him and puts his hand on his shoulder and states “do feel that gives you power… do you feel in control right now. I liked this scene because it really demonstrates Banes power for stating the obvious which is that you can have all the money and positions in the world but when you get face to face with bane he is in charge.

What I liked about the way Nolan made this film was that it felt like he created a great new story but then merged the tone and feel of Batman Begins and the Dark Knight so that it would feel very much connected with those films which worked as the finale to a great trilogy (If you didn’t get that I liked the Nolan trilogy yet). I will like to see how Nolan’s involvement in the new superman film ‘Man of Steel’ will impact its realism and more modern retelling of the superman story. Might just go on about Banes amazing ability to take control of a room just with the way he stands with confidence, nah you’ll just have to see the film. Finally I would like to say that even though I am sure we will miss Nolan’s Batman I think that it’s great that a superhero franchise can start off as strong as it finishes where so many have failed before and for that I thank Christopher Nolan for his dedication to making all the films himself with such detailed film making.

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13 responses to “The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Review”

  1. Mark Hobin says :

    You’re so right about the IMAX. If it’s a true IMAX screen, it really makes a difference. Nice review.


  2. le0pard13 says :

    Fine review, Tim. This film just keeps getting better on subsequent screenings.


  3. wordschat says :

    Good review Tim. I didn’t know it was models and not cGI cool. Good catch on my wrong nights in my review. Brain farts like that take away from the impact of subject. My bad on that.


  4. atothewr says :

    Great review.

    I also loved that Bane scene with Daggett – chills. I think we all knew Bane was in charge. I think some of my favorite scenes were the small ones – Bruce with Alfred for example.

    I also like the one with Joseph and Anne in the airport – crushing scene to watch.

    This was just a grand way to go out and I pit the next person who takes over the reigns. He or she better bring their A game.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I hope they try and continue with either Joseph becoming a more detective type batman or him as robin and hope they don’t reboot the entire thing because people will not like that at all.

      Thanks for the comment and i am glad you liked the film 😀


  5. Shrey Khetarpal says :

    Myths of my favourite lines too:
    “You only adopted the dark… I was born there… The shadows betray you… because they belong to me.”


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