Day 141: The Dark Knight Rises

Before I talk about my opinions of the latest Batman film, I have to stress again my thoughts from yesterday about the horrific shootings that occurred as innocent victims prepared to watch the film. Despite the senseless violence that took place, I wanted to take a look at the film without my views being warped by yesterday’s events.

The Dark Knight Rises’ is easily one of the best films I have ever seen, matched only (for me, at least) by it’s predecessor, ‘The Dark Knight‘ and the astounding ‘Forrest Gump’. But hey, that’s just my opinion! Here’s why I think it’s so good:

The Realism

I love what Christopher Nolan has done with the Batman franchise. It takes outlandish comic-book events and makes them serious and believable in a way that I don’t think any other film in the genre could accomplish. The evil ‘Bane’ is the perfect example; quite different from the spine-busting monster that I grew up with (see photos below) and yet, he’s bizarrely credible.

Then…
Now…

The Characters:

It was a bold move to opt for Bane as the villain. Bolder still to incorporate Catwoman into the plot (so well, too). However, there’s so much more than that in this film for me. From Commissioner Gordon to Lucius Fox to Alfred and Talia al Ghul (Bruce Wayne himself notwithstanding), every character makes a positive contribution to the plot. We’re a long way away from 1997’s ‘Batman and Robin’ and…err, well, these people who should know better:

 

The Message:

It’s your classic ‘beaten down, almost broken but will never give up and as will overcome the odds to win’ type of film. But it has been made so well! I left the film inspired – no, I will never don a Batman costume and purge the evil town of Bracknell from crime – but if Bruce Wayne can overcome such adversity in such a powerful way, maybe I can too. Maybe I can push myself that little bit harder at the gym. Maybe I can push myself that little bit harder in my exams and in my job. This film gave me hope; more about strength of mind over sheer brute force. I want to be the kind of person that will do whatever it takes to make this world a little bit better than it was when I entered it; ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ may be fictional, but it’s still inspirational. That can only be a good thing in my eyes. I long for more of these types of films. I truly love them!

The VERDICT

I’m a pretty die-hard superhero fan (yes, I know Batman isn’t technically a superhero but go with me on this) and whilst there were a few things I was a little unsure of in the film (Bane and Batman’s voices for a start), overall I thought it was an breathtaking film…far more worthy of the word ‘spectacular’ than the disappointing Spider-man reboot in my humble opinion! If you get the chance to go and see it as soon as possible, please do. I could not recommend it enough! I can only imagine what’s next for Batman at the end of this era…

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