The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012)
This review contains spoilers.
Anyone who knows me knows that superhero movies aren’t really my thing. So I get tickled to death when something comes along like Batman Begins where so much time is spent on the superhero as a person, especially with such detail to how he becomes who he is. So as The Dark Knight Rises takes off and it’s quickly revealed that the main antagonist – Bane – comes from the same training as Bruce Wayne, the connection started to bring me back to the overall history and mythology of Batman. Additionally, Bane’s backstory is darkly interesting, his presence and actions are truly terrifying, and overall Tom Hardy does a fantastic job playing him. (Dare I say, I prefer his performance to Heath Ledger’s as the Joker?)
But the intriguing and ominous setup quickly comes crashing down. First, the mysterious and chillingly defined prison we are told Bane was born in (and was the only person to ever escape from) is revealed to us, and it doesn’t look any more unappealing than a college dormitory. We’ve started to lose some luster. Then, after having his back literally broken and put in this prison, a few push-ups and sit-ups are all Rocky…I mean…Wayne needs to recover and escape this prison. That’s sort of hum-drum. And finally, it is revealed with an awful twist that Bane wasn’t actually born in or escape from this prison, but was merely the protector of the real person who did these thing – a gal who’s been playing Wayne the entire movie. So, in essence, the most interesting villain yet is actually not. I’m just going to pretend like I didn’t see the twist so I can still enjoy the excellent first half. 7.25/10