How many great third movies are there in trilogies? Only a few spring to mind, and all of them have gone down as legendary in film. Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Lord Of The Rings are some of the few that have succeeded in telling a full, thought provoking and interesting story over three movies. There is a new trilogy in town that stands among the best of them, and it’s name is Batman.

Until I saw Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight was my favorite movie, it was one of the first movies that genuinely blew me away with its melding of acting, directing and huge scope. It provoked me in a way that no movie had done before. I feel that way now just thinking about The Dark Knight Rises. I am proud to say that i was giddy with excitement walking into the theatre and was even more giddy leaving the theatre.

The Dark Knight Rises works great as it’s own movie (as i will elaborate below) but it works much better as the conclusion to a trilogy. Themes and ideas that were set in Batman Begins pay off in huge ways, interactions between characters carry so much meaning as the history between them is so clear. These Batman movies are so different from anything that has come before not just because of the realism or the scope. They excel because  they answer the question of what Batman truly is, what it means to be Batman, and what the real purpose of Batman is. 

As a film by itself, The Dark Knight Rises is undeniably epic, the way that old blockbusters used to be epic, the sheer scale, the number of extras, the Bat. This movie is big in a summer where big is the norm. In my opinion the size and spectacle of the action match and even beat the pure amazingness that is the last half hour of The Avengers. 

Everything has been stepped up in this final installment, the sets are larger, the music is bigger, and the performances have never been better. This is a movie with a large amount of characters, almost all the characters from the previous film are back, while many new characters have been added, yet Christopher Nolan manages to keep everything understandable. There is no character overload as each character is necessary to the story in some way.

I’ll talk about each of the actors in separate bullet points 

  • Tom Hardy gives a magnificent physical and vocal performance as Bane, the character has been modified heavily from the comics to fit the realistic vision of Nolan’s universe. Luckily, none of the key parts of his character have been lost in the translation. Bane is a man leading a revolution by force, and Tom Hardy gives a performance that will be remembered.
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt plays John Blake, a new rookie on the Gotham police force who is many times referred to as a “Hothead” Levitt plays this character as an idealistic believer in the Batman, his journey over the course of the film is staggering to watch and the final discovery of who his character truly is will send many fanboys spines tingling. 
  • Anne Hathaway plays Selina Kyle, or as many may know her, Catwoman. This is the highlight performance of the film, without a doubt, Hathaway takes a character almost as iconic as Batman and shapes her into a character that is fully formed, she has all the elements that Catwoman requires, the sly playfulness is out in spades, while giving her a realistic background. This is a thief, not a vigilante, she has no interest in helping Batman save the city, all she would like to do is save her own skin.
  • Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman in his best outing to date. This film is far more focused on Bruce than The Dark Knight was, his story comes to a definite conclusion with this and I truly feel that no one could have been a better Batman than Bale. 

The Dark Knight Rises was all that I wanted out of not only the Batman trilogy but just any movie in general and I have no problem at all in giving it this blog’s first 10 out of 10