The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


Action | Drama | Thriller





Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Joey King, Josh Pence, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Abutbul, Juno Temple, Matthew Modine, Ben Mendelsohn, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Aidan Gillen, Burn Gorman, Rob Brown, Desmond Harrington, Josh Stewart, Tom Conti, William Devane, Aaron Eckhart


8 years after the Batman (Christian Bale) taking the fall for murders committed by Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), the Dark Knight is forced to return to save Gotham City from Bane (Tony Hardy), a terrorist, and former member of the League of Shadows.


As I finished the Dark Knight trilogy, I'm assailed by melancholy and sadness, and the following quote comes to my mind, "Don't cry because it's over, but smile because it happened", because for not liking neither DC Comics nor Batman, I loved Nolan's franchise.

The Dark Knight Rises is a brilliant, intense, emotional, brutal, potent final chapter that concludes the best superhero series ever.

Christopher Nolan incredibly managed to maintain the high level of the previous two films, and crafted a two hours and 44 minutes long film that not only is never dragged or dull, but it is so spectacular, and entertaining you'll demand for more, because you will never get enough.

The screenplay, written by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, is brilliant, and dialogue is smart as Lucius Fox, and the characters are amazing. As also happened in "The Dark Knight" Batman is a little left behind, and more space it's given to other characters, in particular to the villain, Bane. He might not come too close to the greatness of The Joker, but this time Batman has to face a physical, and not psychical enemy. Still, I think removing Alfred was a mistake, because he took away much of the humour and humanity.

The several acting sequences are spectacular, thrilling and jaw-dropping. The musical score by Hans Zimmer is terrific and enhances the film.

Christian Bale has been brilliant throughout the whole franchise as Batman, and this time adds lot of emotional depth to the character - the only thought of Ben Affleck playing Batman in the future makes me cringe. Tom Hardy is terrifying, intimidating as Bale, and he manages to do that only with his eyes. Some people from the US have been saying they couldn't understand much of what he was saying, but I don't really see how that's possible since I understood every single word he said; and English is not even my mothertongue. Anne Hathaway is the perfect casting for Catwoman. Marion Cotillard does a pretty good job, even though her character isn't well developed. Michael Caine gives a heartfelt performance as Alfred. Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman do great as Jim Gordon and Lucius Fox. Joseph Gordon-Levitt perfectly fits Robin, and gives a great performance.


Jim Gordon: [reading from Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities"] I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.


  1. I love the trilogy as a whole, but I feel this is easily the weakest link. It's good, but nowhere near great for me. Too many plotholes add up and I really felt that 2 hr 44 min. runtime. It dragged along in spots. As for Bane, I think the DVD/Blu-Ray releases cleaned up a lot of his vocals because when I saw it in the theater it was garbled pretty bad in a number of spots.

  2. Sono d'accordo con te.... Nonostante tutto il caos dell'epoca, lo considero un buon film