The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Reviewed on 2012 August 10
Excellent continuation in the rebirth of the Batman mythos, with a villain that I think is almost more frightening than The Joker. We were lucky enough to catch it in an almost-empty theater one afternoon, with just a handful of fellow fans (and no crazies).
After the mayhem previously wrought in Gotham City settles down to a dull roar, a tired Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) addresses the citizens of his city, who are enjoying the lull in crime and have no idea of what’s coming for them. A man named Bane (Tom Hardy) takes it upon himself to teach the wealthy Gothamites a lesson. With Batman (Christian Bale) seemingly missing in action, he thinks he’ll have an easy time punishing the wealthy.
Bruce Wayne, for his part, is still recovering from the beating, physical and psychological, that The Joker inflicted on him. Nothing will stop him from protecting his beloved city from the man that appointed himself “Gotham’s Reckoning”, and he’s going to need every ounce of that iron will. Bane is just the meanest and strongest of the criminals that want to get even with the rich of Gotham — even the good people like Bruce. His hands are pretty full with one Selena Kyle (Anne Hathaway), a jewel thief who fancies herself a modern-day Robin Hood in stilettos and little black dresses.
It’s a testament to the costuming and make-up people here that in his natural state, Tom Hardy looks like the kind of funny guy that would buy you a cold beer and do an impression of Bane on helium for a laugh. I couldn’t believe I was looking at the same man when I saw him in a YouTube® clip. The acting is as great in this entry as its two predecessors, and the story is complex and very well-written. Besides looking like a nightmare, Bane is so scary because he thinks he’s trying to give Gotham back to “the people”, and the movie carries that idea to its worst conclusion. Of course Oldman and Michael Caine are their usual wonderful selves.
Four chocolate morsels.