The Dark Knight Rises is in the unenviable position of following up one of Screensucked's Best Films in The Dark Knight. So how does it fare?
Not bad, but it does present a dip in the franchise. But keep this in mind: With The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan closes the the franchise perfectly that it doesn't need to raise the bar set by its predecessor.
Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Gotham City has been living in peace and found itself not needing Batman (Christian Bale) and Bruce Wayne found this the perfect excuse to live a reclusive life to mend his physical and emotional wounds. But once forces from the League of Shadows led by Bane (Tom Hardy) storm Gotham, Batman finds himself in challenged in a way he has never encountered before and he, as both Batman and Bruce Wayne, must find the strength to overcome his dire situation.
To add to the already tumultuous personal life, Bruce/Batman occasionally shifts his attention to two ladies: Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). I have to admit the two characters brought strong female presence to the film that was lacking in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
The film is long (2.5 hours) and could actually be one of those films that is split in two (*cough*Harry Potter*cough*), but it's good wrap-up to one of the best superhero film franchises ever made. (Nevermind that the set-up is quite extended and the action never seems to reach a high point despite the "epic" scale.)
The Dark Knight Rises is a great farewell shot worth watching by any film fan, regardless of the genre.
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