The Dark Knight Rises
Note: As tragic as the shooting was on Friday, I will not talk about it in my review. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.
We all feel pain. If you ever been pushed to the ground by a bully or been heart broken by a lover, you can understand. This is all damage we’ve faced. For these moments, we are taken to a level we hate and are forced to feel misery. Nobody likes facing this, but understand that you are never alone. Everyone can be a little sad or angry. Do we blame someone we hate, the rest of the world, or ourselves? In a miserable way, we are responsible for the things that happen to us. We make a choice by chance and we see the result immediately. When the worst is upon us, how do we escape? As the movie often says, rise.
Gotham is in fear once more in the last of the Christopher Nolan trilogy of Batman movies, The Dark Knight Rises. First was the attempt of destruction by Ra’s Al Ghul, Scarecrow, and the League of Shadows in Batman Begins. Next was the spread of chaos and anarchy from the Joker in The Dark Knight. Now, comes a hybrid of sorts from the terrorist leader, Bane. He has to be Batman’s greatest opponent yet as he is a test of both mental and physical strength to the aging hero. The stakes are the highest yet.
It’s been eight years since the previous movie, and Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) has been in exhale, due to the pain of the events previously. Trapped within the memories past of his mansion, he has let Gotham finally become the peaceful city it has always wanted to be, as Batman is wanted for the murder of Harvey Dent. Upon being burgled by Selina Kyle (played by the surprisingly excellent Anne Hathaway), his curiosity leads him back into the old batsuit. Though he will not be ready for his most threatening enemy.
Upon facing Bane for the first time, Batman is overwhelmed and is easily defeated. Tom Hardy plays this bulking beast as he leads the new League of the Shadows and claims to be the reckoning of Gotham. Once he places the city into an isolated city-state, he takes the citizens and pushes them into chaos that arrives. This story is all about taking the worst, enduring it, and rising to victory.
What makes this story of Batman work is that each character goes through their own fall in order to rise. Batman has to learn to become the hero the city needs. Selina Kyle (Catwoman) lets her desire of a “clean slate” control her until she realizes there’s more to her. Commissioner Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) has to hide from his shameful cover up of Harvey Dent so he can be the honest cop he wants to be. Even young detective John Blake (played by Joseph Gorden-Levitt) has to use his strong idealism to become a new hero.
The Dark Knight Rises may have some flaws, but I consider this a strong closure to the story of Batman. I pity the director who has to reimagine the crusader, because the bar is the highest it’s going to be.
I’ll give this four and a half crumbling Batman symbols out of five. Even when the pain is the worst, the only way we can stop it is to keep moving forward. No matter what force is in our way, we need to fight. We all have to rise.