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Seen on: 07/18/2020, 08/01/2012, 07/23/2012 (rewatch)

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Action | Crime | Thriller

Most recently watched by sleestakk, sensoria, GMOM65, lordofthemovies, ashe5k, jeneot33, SIxBORG, sensoria, Angjonesy, Angjonesy

Overview

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes to protect the late attorney’s reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham’s finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Rated PG-13 | Length 165 minutes

Actors

Gary Oldman | Morgan Freeman | Russ Fega | Thomas Lennon | Tomas Arana | Anne Hathaway | Cillian Murphy | Tom Hardy | Christian Bale | Michael Caine | Liam Neeson | Desmond Harrington | Chris Ellis | Marion Cotillard | Matthew Modine | Fredric Lehne | Daniel Sunjata | Rob Brown | Brent Briscoe | Alon Aboutboul | Brett Cullen | Jillian Armenante | Michael Papajohn | David Dayan Fisher | Nestor Carbonell | William Devane | Robert Wisdom | Reggie Lee | Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Hector Atreyu Ruiz | Oliver Cotton | Christopher Judge | Ian Bohen | Will Estes | Juno Temple | Burn Gorman | Josh Stewart | Aidan Gillen | Wade Williams | Noel Gugliemi | Thomas Tull | David Gyasi | John Nolan | Tom Conti | Ben Mendelsohn | Glen Powell | Gonzalo Menendez | John Farrer | Shane Nolan | Jake Canuso | Ronnie Gene Blevins | David Monahan | Vincent van Ommen | Aja Evans | Alex Moore | Daniel Jordano | Joey King | William Kania | David Dale McCue | Fileena Bahris | Jay Benedict | Mark Killeen | Uri Gavriel | Trevor White | Joseph Lyle Taylor | Todd Gearhart | Aramis Knight | Warren Brown | Sam Kennard | Jason Yee | John MacMillan | Emily Schooley | James Rawlings | Charlie Alejandro | Patrick Leahy | Josh Pence | Massi Furlan | Michael Power | Rick Bolander | Eric Salazar | John W. Iwanonkiw | Robert Arensen | Stephanie Domini Ehlert | Isiah Adams | Tyler La Marr | Claire Julien | Cale McConnell | Joe Lipari | Maria Zambrana | Barbara Vincent | Jackson Nunn | Michelle Vezzani | Courtney Munch | Ben Roethlisberger | James Harvey Ward | Peter Holden | Andres Perez-Molina | Bill Cowher | Duane Henry | Sun Jae Kim | Patrick Jordan | Alex Kruz | LeJon | Kyle Patrick Brennan | Joshua Elijah Reese | Salomon Passariello | Patrick Cox | Aliash Tepina | Nick Julian | Miranda Nolan | Frank Fata | John Zion | Scott Churchson | Troy Polamalu | Cindy Jackson | Aldous Davidson | Graham Curry | Lex Daniel | Ed Heavey | Christopher Bryan Gomez | Sarah Goldberg | Hrvoje Klecz | Silvia Lombardo | John Hollingworth | Tiffany Kemp | Chris Hill | Marc Abbink | Mychael Bates | Kyle David Pierce | Paul Jude Letersky | Mark Roman | Alex Ziwak | Travis Guba | Cameron Jack | Tyler Dean Flores | Jorge Mardel | Tiffany Sander McKenzie | Joseph O'Brien | Chris Vaina | Vito Grassi | Allen Merritt | Michael Wren Gucciardo | Olan Montgomery | Kirsten Roeters | Justin Michael Woods | Grant Babbitt | Daniel Newman | Joe Fishel | Daina Griffith | Tommy Bayiokos | Matthew Gooley | Jeff Moffitt | Diogo Hausen | Gary Sievers | Orion McCabe | London May | James Quinn | Rory Nolan | Ben Cornish | Harry Coles | Julie Mun | Kevin Kiely Jnr | Vanessa Alameda | Ming Wang

Viewing Notes

Since Classic Cinemas closed again due to the coronavirus pandemic and was unable to sustain their reopening model exhibiting older films I wasn’t gonna be able to see this on the big screen again this week as I did for the previous two films in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. And this was the one I wanted to see the most on the big screen.

So I got the blu from the library so I could complete the trilogy. If a 4K exists for this I’d really like to own that since this is my favorite film of the three. It’s a strange revisit b/c my mind has misremembered certain things and forgot others. Also hard to believe this was released 8 years ago. Seems like such a different lifetime for me then. Compared the glitz and glamor of the previous film, this is such a blue collar approach from the characters to the motivations to the setting and overall concept.

Bane positions himself as a man of the people and against the authority and corporate greed. Then there’s Selina Kyle born into a life of petty crime and sticking it to the man in her theft exploits. All the cop and orphanage stuff plus John Blake is the everyman take. There’s more but all very blue collar. Perhaps even moving to Pittsburgh is yet a piece of that and it’s a noticeable difference. I def missed seeing the skylines and streets of Chicago.

As much as I love this flick it’s not without its faults. All the opening stuff feels clunky now. The exposition drops are silly and feel so inorganic to the story. Like when Dagget just explains what the “Clean Slate” is to the person (Catwoman) who already damn well knows what it is. And despite the obscene runtime of 2:45 some scenes / plotlines feel so rushed. The biggest one is when Bruce Wayne is dropped in the prison. A couple beats later (months later in the movie) he’s on his feet and training to escape. Also there’s so little of actual Batman in this movie.

I love love love Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and wished she could’ve had more screentime. There should’ve been at least one more sequence of her and Batman fighting together. We get a taste of the rooftop when he rescues her but it’s quick. When she takes Batman to see Bane is another tease. Wild to watch this after viewing BATMAN: HUSH this morning when Bats and Catwoman team up. She’s so great here it seems like a missed opportunity to do more w/them together.

The Miranda Tate / Talia misdirect is also weak given the zero payoff on that reveal at the end. Talia stabs Batman and drops the exposition then drives the truck until crashing. Lame. Counter to this is how wonderful Bane is. I just love his style and attitude and weird voice. Very interesting to see how he’s photographed in all his scenes to make him seem so much larger than he is in RL.

I’ve been viewing a lot of Batman content recently and it’s been nice to see these different takes on the character in different films from Schumacher’s to Nolan’s and the animated version. This film is also my favorite Bale portrayal of the character. It’s nice to see Batman get humbled yet still figure out how to save Gotham and disappear at the end.

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