Hey Batfans. It is the end of an era as Christopher Nolan releases the final part of what is perhaps the definitive superhero trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. No doubt there will be another Batman along before two long with Warner Bros aiming to replicate the success of The Avengers with a Justice League franchise. But for now make the most of Christian Bale’s Batman as he bows out in typically dark form. So internet, what did you make of it all?
The Dark Knight Rises is, however, a really satisfying conclusion to the series as a whole, albeit with an issue or two in the last act. It ties together strands, it leaves things in an interesting place, and there’s a feeling that a three-dimensional story has reached a natural endpoint.
It has moments that are captivating and special, but also lines of dialogue impossible to swallow, plot developments that meander, and a commitment to real-world political overtones that don’t quite line up with the story. It’s sprawling but undeniably engaging, not quite the blast of clever mayhem The Dark Knight was, but no slouch either.
The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t have the engaging villain of its predecessor, and despite its larger scope and thrilling closing minutes, the film can’t quite top the expert storytelling of The Dark Knight. It’s certainly not the worst third film in a superhero trilogy, and it’s only natural that Nolan would eventually be unable to hurdle a bar that he continually set higher and higher.
The Dark Knight Rises barrels its way into cinemas with the weight of expectation resting on its shoulders. Can it surpass the greatness of its predecessor? Will it bring the franchise to a satisfying close? These questions that have been answered with a resounding “yes!”
So, after a murky and wayward opening, Nolan redeems himself with a rim-rattling finale, which brings all of the story arcs together for a tremendous struggle for Gotham. The film’s final hour is where the film hits a new stride and won me over as a fan. Its visual grandeur, genuine stakes and ability to continually surprise makes sitting through some tedious and confusing storytelling well worth the trip.
So that’s the critics’ views, what did you think of the final chapter of the Dark Knight trilogy? Let us know in the comments section.