The Dark Knight Rises (12A)

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Tom Hardy, left, and Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises

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Posted: Fri Jul 13 2012

It’s been a summer of great expectations. First there was ‘The Avengers’, which ticked all the right geeky boxes and made a truckload of dosh. Then ‘Prometheus’, which disappointed most but still managed to ring a few tills. Now here comes the biggie. Can Christopher Nolan see out his Bat trilogy in style? Can he make that so-far-elusive five-star superhero movie, the one which gets the blend between action, emotion, plot and character just right? Can he at least live up to the eyepopping standard he set with 2008’s ‘The Dark Knight’?

The answers are yes, no, and mostly. As its running time suggests, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a sprawling, epic feast of a movie, stuffed to the gills with side characters, subplots and diversions. So if the balance skews in favour of grandstanding action rather than emotional resonance, of statuesque icons rather than real people, we can let it slide. There’s nothing here to match the intensity of Heath Ledger’s Joker, and the movie feels weaker for it. But that was a one-off, and the show must go on.

We’re reintroduced to Bruce Wayne, aka Batman (Christian Bale), living as a recluse, holed up in the east wing of Wayne Manor while Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) presides over a relatively crime-free Gotham City. But when marauding, mask-wearing psycho Bane (Tom Hardy) muscles in with the intention of kickstarting a popular revolution, Bruce must don the cape and cowl once again.

This is just the central thread in an increasingly tangled story: there’s also Anne Hathaway as a slinky, burgling Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a square-jawed beat cop and lots of confusing financial shenanigans with the shareholders of Wayne Enterprises. As in the previous films, Nolan and his co-writer, his brother Jonathan, draw on real-world issues to spice up the fantasy, and with dubious results: with its rampaging Occupy Gotham anarchists, philanthropic billionaires and decent cops who ignore due process, this is so staunchly right-wing it’ll thrill all those Fox News anchors outraged by ‘The Muppets’.

But when the Bat flies, such considerations go out the window. Sublimating CGI in favour of real crowd scenes and massive cityscapes, Nolan creates a grand, dirty, engrossing world, and his action sequences just hum. The way the various strands tie up is a mite predictable, but it’s satisfying nonetheless. And as our heroes swoop off into the sunset, we realise we’ve been witness to something truly impressive: a seven-year cinematic adventure which combined the epic and the personal in dizzying, inventive, sometimes perplexing, often enthralling, always imaginative ways.

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Fri Jul 20, 2012

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TREGGLE2000

This film like batman begins was bland it didn't have much go in it but it had the full batman feel. I enjoyed it but baine made me laugh though I doubt he was meant to and I found it difficult to understand what he was saying in parts of the film to. it had the batman dark knight feel but like I say to everyone "the only reason that batman dark knight was so good was because Heath Ledger played the best joker ever." so wait until the dvd reduces, I also thought a lot of it a baby could have guessed what was going to happen. 3 and a half stars

Kevin

I thought this film was great, I had low expectations because of the poor reviews it received, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Kevin

I thought this film was great, I had low expectations because of the poor reviews it received, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Michael

1. The film is essentially a comic book story but the director tries to insert some sort of analysis and ethical commentary on wealth and corporations. This fails cause the protagonist is mega-wealthy and uses the stock market, so how can there simultaneously be criticism of the global financial market? The message seems to be that it depends how the market is used, blah, blah, there is not sufficient skill to delivery this message. 2. The best character, actor and part of the story is Bane. And again more moral ambiguity. Bane also seems like the most sympathetic character, he was in a hell hole and saved a child. He is a hero, we are sick and tired of Batman, and you sort of would like Bane to finish the guy. Point here is make a movie about Bane. 3. By the third hour I am almost asleep but then there is the moral conundrum that Gotham is thrown into as citizens are supposed to turn on each other- a repeat but longer of the same idea in the last Batman. . where also the best character, actor etc was the antagonist. However the idea is not fully played out, why do they turn on each other, how? Borrowing thinly from the Jacobins and Robespierre is not well done. 4. Why do Batman and Catwoman have no chemistry? Sometimes a movie is more than the sum of its parts, this one is less.

Joe

Thinking about the Batman trilogy, this one is very similar to the first. Long depressing scenes filmed underground; people stuck in cavernous pits generally doing sod all! Interspersed with occasional, fantastic hi-tec FX. The 1st like the 3rd lacked punch and a sense of direction. In both, Batman was lame and the whole thing felt like a one man led show, that man being C Nolan. Part 2 The Dark Knight, worked because of a great Oscar winning performance that brought life, danger and fun into the film; or to put it another way, it was a good film cos C Nolan got lucky! Isn't he in danger of joining a whole group of American directors whose films rely entirely on visual tricks - with the aid of lorry loads of money - due to a lack of genuine film-making vision and creative talent? Look at Inception; jaw dropping FX yes, but the film wasn't really about anything! It was so bland and repetitive... Batman, the Gothic superhero action/adventure needs to be revived once more... It needs some good, well thought-out scripts, more cool characters and some real fun and laughs... who needs all the exploding bridges?!?

paul

waste of time Story does not make sense, the effects of weak and thoughtful I went out with relief, 3-hour piece of junk

USMAN LATIF KHAWAJA

if 30000 NYPD officers can live underground trapped in rabble for 6 months without medicare electricity or food and emerge looking as healthy as prince harry to fight the bad guys and if a NY TRILLIONAIRE can survive both a deep visceral stabbing and a 4 ton nuke than indeed this is not as bad as prometheus which was pathetic ,and we have not even begun to shred it yet

raven

Disagree totally what is it with time out reviews soooo moody and miserable. the 2 big movies for the summer prometheus and bagman rises and both to some people are terrible. prometheus was a great dissapointment but this batman movie is a lot better. Character development was very good with exellent acting performances i thought catwoman was great and chriatian bale also had a memorable performance. The bane character was awesome a genuinely terrifying bad guy and the high jacking scene at the beginning was awesome. the film just flew with great editing so you didnt even notice the lenght of the movie. sorry joe but you really need to brighten up and get a life to say this movie was really bad just goes against the opinion if most people who loved it

Joe

Bored me to death! A total let down...The Bane character was rubbish and didn't work at all for a Batman storyline. A pumped up Hannibal Lector brute who should have been saved for a dumb 18 rated film! And Batman himself as a lazy, retired sloth! What a joke... Just shows, all the money in the world, the biggest explosions/FX possible won't make a decent film. We needed some great characters and there were none! It doesn't need saying of course, but the previous Dark Knight was excellent, largely for one reason. Heath Ledger. His genius brought the best out in Batman and everyone else, and lets face it, without him Christopher Nolan just looks like an upstart! Dullest film of the year, 1/10 & may the late, great Mr Ledger rest in peace...

elldaley

i loved this film, it was very good and enjoyable, it met all of my expectations, and it was a good summer film, i reccomend to go and see this film

NILES CRANE

Long, tedious film with a predictable, badly structured,confusing, leaky plot unveiled by heartless,bland characters spouting relentless cliches. And Michael Caine at the end revealed at the very end what an ordinary, overrated, one-trick-pony actor he really is.Those of you who thought this was a good/great film must get out more- beginning with a few visits to the cinema.Wait for the dvd. Or don't bother.You've only lost a lot of hype.

Ivette Fred-Rivera

“The Dark Knight Rises� by Ivette Fred-Rivera The film industry, like the city museums, have taken the task of making art in NY to revitalize the city after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They have succeeded, the city is as vibrant as ever, and this film shows paradoxically its endurance with other attacks that do not destroy Gotham, thanks to Batman, of course! The aerial vehicle of Batman seems an ufo over the city. The camera movements makes it to simulate a bat. Excellent. The sound track too. Although Bane (Tom Hardy) announced at the beginning that what matters is his plan, it is unclear what the ‘revolutionary’ plan is. Much less is understood that he is a necessary evil. How would a revolution take place when no one knows where is heading? A revolution requires strategist planning, clear strategies, defined purposes. Similarly, many protests end up as parades because at the end of the day nobody knows what the next step is. Meanwhile people get tired in the process. A pleasure to enjoy such strong chemistry between Bruce (Christian Bale) and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). They have to really attract each other! Selina's naked neck is spectacular as shown by Bruce’s mother stolen pearls on her neck. Also, in one scene, Bruce turns his back to Selina, showing his trust, which she honors by not attacking him from behind but disappearing instead. The film works with the fragility of good over evil in both Bruce Wayne’s as well as police commissioner Gordon’s physical fragilities. The street battles are improbable for our Batman. This theme is dealt brilliantly by Hitchcock’s villains. Seeing the movie gave me the impression that the author of the massacre in Colorado had seen it earlier because of the strong similitude with the scenes of violence Bane performed on Wall Street and in the crowded stadium. It is noticed that Bane is not at the level of evil, misuse of intelligence, that the Joker reached in the second part of the trilogy. I think because evil is divided into two characters, Bane and Miranda, for the alleged advantage of adding the element of surprise when we learned at the end that she – a woman - was the real villain. The effect is not good because her acting is loose. She had the challenge of playing the role of an ordinary looking woman, hiding her extraordinariness. But she played the role, ordinarily. Another issue: the importance of a good teacher, and her noble teachings, the movie reminds me of the acclaimed film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". It is not knowledge, the technology alone but the use we make of them, what puts ethics over science and tech. Some critics complain of the film lack of coherence, its confusing narrative. Even if this were true, I do not consider it a problem (apart from the prejudice of considering coherence as always a benefit). Usually artists and thinkers wait some time for a critical appraisal of the past. The movie talks about the present and shares the same confusion of the moment. It has the freshness and vitality of being current. I’ll paraphrase lines of the libretto - by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan - that I find memorable: Bain: 'No one was interested in who I was until I got the mask.' 'No true despair without hope.' 'I am not afraid, I am angry.' Bain to Batman: 'You think the darkness is your ally? I was born in the shadows, you adopted it. ' 'No need for heroes in peace time.' Selina: 'When you do what you gotta do, then nobody let’s you do what you want to do.' Precisely the problem of Carlito (Al Pacino) in Carlito's Way. The older man to Bruce, 'Your problem is that you lost your fear of death believing it is better. Come up without the rope, as did the child, so will return the fear of death that will make you brave.’ (Note the importance of the collective and individual mantra while trying to escape from the cave.) Robin: "Sometimes structures become barriers.’ (So you have to leave them!) Bruce: 'There is nothing out there for me.' Batman to Robin: "If you work alone, use a mask. ' Bruce to Selina: 'There is more in you than that.' In the end, going out to sea, we recognize the infamous image of a mushroom as a direct quote of the atomic bomb explosion on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Can one man really save Gotham city? Bruce insists that he is an ordinary man and that anyone with good deeds can be a hero. Underneath his mask, Batman's green eyes symbolize hope. Do you believe him? The movie is worth seeing.

not great

Thought it was okay, but not great. It's a bit po-faced for its own good to be honest. Having said that I really liked Anne Hathaway in this and found her character the most sympathetic of the lot. Don't really care about the Batman character tho - agree that his bat voice is stupid, but Tom Hardy sounded really stupid. Couldn't work out how he ate - this bugged me!

Raven

As a mature male in my 30's and have seen both Batman begins and the Dark night, this film was pleasantly entertaining, saw it in Imax .. advise to do. Even though the film was 3 hours it want quickly as the film was well edited. The actions sequences were excellent esp the beginning with the plane hijack, and the storming of the stock exchange was quite funny. bane was the frightening psychopath character that i was expecting, even more so then the joker played by Heath Ledger. The Hans Zimmer musical score was thumping and very loud, especially in imax theatres.. i thought a bit too loud, anyway. There were enough plots and sublots within a decent enough script. The ending though was a bit predictable, and the way the military was kept out once bane's revolution started was a bit ridiculous and too convenient when you had a nutter with a nuclear bomb which was going to blow up the enire city, believe you me the military would have intervened regardless of any threats. And one scene was a bit ridculous ( sorry spoilers) but where the bomb has only 1 1/2 minutes left the pace of the film slows down for an 'emotional' farewell speech from batman and the commssioner.and a last kiss from Catwoman.not goo Nolan. And sorry but if a nuclear bomb goes off over water it WILL create a tsunami from the massive shockwave. Everything leading up to the end of the film was quite excellent, with amazing moments of thumping action.... i know its a 12 A but you needto show more blood and guts when people are getting blown to pieces with machine guns, no blood not realistic and emotional scenes especially with Micheal Cane.. , but the ending was corny i dont know maybe to satisfy the teen kids which was a pity it could have been better, my opinion. Anyway i give this film 4 stars because there was enough thumping action indispersed with some decent acting,

Daniel

Loved it, far exceeded my high expectations. It's easily the most gripping of the three Dark Knight films. Beautifully shot by Wally Pfister, and expertly directed by Nolan who really knows the meaning of the word "epic"

Daniel

Loved it, far exceeded my high expectations. It's easily the most gripping of the three Dark Knight films. Beautifully shot by Wally Pfister, and expertly directed by Nolan who really knows the meaning of the word "epic"

critique

Over-hyped, over-serious super hero flick. Bale`s performance lacks charisma and his bass growl is laughable. The whole piece is terribly wooden and contrived.

Bruce Wayne

Anyone who has grown up with Batman and is 40 something is in for a let down....it's a brave attempt at bringing the caped crusader into the 21st Century but I found it getting lost in translation. Bane was good - Cat woman great - the rest of the script was ill-conceived Shame I was expecting more....I don't think there was one laugh in the whole film The moment you start to take Batman too seriously and tamper with what has made it so successful then it becomes bland and not very entertaining.... Great film making cannot make up for this! Bring back the Riddler, Penguin, Two Face - I want a fun, whacky, camp, kitschey, fantastically colurful giddy joyride Not a mock-up cocktail with a silly twist in it that made me feel woozy by the end of it and I nearly walked out of

Rantancheer

This is an overhyped film that under-delivers, lacks subtlety (boom-booms and bang-bangs for more than 2 hours is tiring), allows for some of the worse acting of the year and un-shamefully abuses our fear of terrorism and anarchy (huge clichés please step forward), whilst trying to make us swallow all this with a huge pill of special effects. I must admit that the special effects and CGI are excellent, as are some of the costumes. But, this does not make a film when its tension only arises because you are brutally attacked by overbearing (and badly balanced) sounds and excessive visual stimulation, rather than a clever scenario or slow-building climax. This feels like a bad American meal: pill up and eat as much food as you can whilst it lasts – quantity, not quality. In all my years of trusting Time Out’s critiques, this is probably the first time that they let me down. So, avoid this film at all costs or ask for a refund.

Nolan&#039;s Bitch

If you gave this any less than 4 star, please donate your ticket money to charity and keep out of the cinema. People who don't understand film making give this film a 3 star or below. Stop disgracing yourselves, admire the gravity of not just this film alone, but Nolan's incredible trilogy. Second viewing, 4.5/5

Nolan&#039;s Bitch

If you gave this any less than 4 star, please donate your ticket money to charity and keep out of the cinema. People who don't understand film making give this film a 3 star or below. Stop disgracing yourselves, admire the gravity of not just this film alone, but Nolan's incredible trilogy. Second viewing, 4.5/5

A Grown up man

What’s going on here? It may be “the most eagerly awaited film of the year� but it’s also just another movie, in a very long series, about a man in a mask with pointy little ears, wearing a cape and speaking in an affected growl, having improbable adventures in a fictional universe, derived from a strip cartoon. Whereas these reactions to mere film criticism would be more appropriate to having deep faith outraged by blasphemy, heresy and schism.

reelcatgurl

I am afraid that I can't give Nolan a free pass because I agree that he got a little sloppy. Perhaps he was tired having already come up with 2 great movies and got stumped trying to come up with fresh ideas for this one. Perhaps he was busy working on something else that commanded his attention (superman 2013 lol) Its not so much that I expected it to be as good as the other two. Its a sequel to a sequel. The problem is that even standing on its own it just wasn't a good movie. There was parts of it that made me wonder if I was actually watching a Nolan inspired Batman film at all and not some tv show. If you are going to make a movie that is almost 3 hours long it has to all flow together and be coherent throughout the entire movie. Speaking of which for me the movie doesn't actually start until almost an hour in. Bad editing period and this is not the first time Nolan has been guilty of it. I thought Dark Knight was entirely too long as well. But overall it was a solid coherent, enjoyable movie all around so I could overlook that. Another thing is I didn't like the character development for the Villians in this movie at all. It was very sloppy. Bane for one came off as being too one dimensional. There was nothing subtle about him and for me nothing likable. Bad guy wants to take over the world. Good guy fights bad guy. It has been done before but much better. Yeah I get that he wanted to have the whole twist at the end and the happy ending but in focusing on that as the big bang moment instead of tying up lose ends in the storyline, editing and character development. He took away from what could have been a much more solid and great movie. That being said it was an ok movie not horrible but just safe.

Electrohead

Disappointing. As another person already said, Christian Bale looks bored and tired. There is little enthusiasm from Batman and it does not come across as 'calm' and 'cool' or whatever they were trying to achieve. Infact he was actually irritating to watch. Tom Hardy as Bane totally makes this movie. Without him this would've been a total fail in my opinion. I felt nothing through this film, no emotion what-so-ever. Boring and hyped up WAY too much. The new Spiderman film is much better than this.

Neil Sedaka

When I was a child I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things."

Gerard Lavelle

Superb film making,Nolan has treated his audience with respect and intelligence and the outcome is a dizzying array of thrills,shocks,emotional intensity and most importantly,enjoyment. For people who are slating this film,you are idiots and perhaps can only watch a dull,camp presentation with Schumacher behind the camera. This film does live up to the hype,especially the cinematography,which for me is the star of the show.

Gerard Lavelle

Superb film making,Nolan has treated his audience with respect and intelligence and the outcome is a dizzying array of thrills,shocks,emotional intensity and most importantly,enjoyment. For people who are slating this film,you are idiots and perhaps can only watch a dull,camp presentation with Schumacher behind the camera. This film does live up to the hype,especially the cinematography,which for me is the star of the show.

Alan lee

Omg just saw it cause I on Sunday evening cause I had my wedding in Saturday. What a dissapointment. Story line very unstructured, felt very unbalanced, god I want to love it. Even the ending was not very exciting. I guessed the plot twists. Not the worst film ever made but deft innately worst than, inception, batman begins, dark knight and momento and on par with insomnia. Sorry Nolan and batman fans but I am being honest here. Believe me I am gutted too. But there are some plus points. And here goes, Anne Hathaway was very very cool but with the batman scene looked a little childish. The film did go by very quickly. Music and sound effects was brill. The first fight seem as edgy and very exciting but where was the calm batman intelligence?. the bat plane did look at time very wobbly!!!. And the first appearance of the bat in the first 30min was Nolan magic then it bonded from there on. Do not listen to any other review.you are hearing it from a true bat fan and cinema perfectionist. Overall I wanted to say omg the best film ever but I just can't. Damn

paul

superb film making, it is a long film but it is not drawn out and the time passes incredibly quickly. it does something that few sequels do these days ... something different. different emotional and physical tests for batman. different themes of pain and anarchy about creating 'revolutions' on behalf of the people without the will of the people. the open ending gave me hours of food for thought and I still havent come to my conclusions. it proves that the mainstream audience is clever, anyone that says it is 'pretentions' (regardless of what else they think about the film is a lunatic. it is simply a superhero film which deals with human emotion. it is funny; however it does this in a flowing way, it doesnt feel the need to stop and tell a joke in the way of avengers. it is proper movie making, gripping, exciting, and intelligent.

paul

superb film making, it is a long film but it is not drawn out and the time passes incredibly quickly. it does something that few sequels do these days ... something different. different emotional and physical tests for batman. different themes of pain and anarchy about creating 'revolutions' on behalf of the people without the will of the people. the open ending gave me hours of food for thought and I still havent come to my conclusions. it proves that the mainstream audience is clever, anyone that says it is 'pretentions' (regardless of what else they think about the film is a lunatic. it is simply a superhero film which deals with human emotion. it is funny; however it does this in a flowing way, it doesnt feel the need to stop and tell a joke in the way of avengers. it is proper movie making, gripping, exciting, and intelligent.

JOHN O SULLIVAN

Allright but two people in my aisle started eatng their arm reats...really need to revesit early films..but Hathaway suprisingly good.. lil Juno popped up for a couple of scenes and i was hoping for some girl action but als no

USMAN LATIF KHAWAJA

DULL DUMPLING -with the most embarassing denouement ever -inadvertently hilarious -cotillard looks like a caricature and bale looks bored and exhausted and old -a waste of time and money at 3 hours and 200 million dollars too-

ThePokekid78

Why are so many people panning this movie? Yes, it wasn't flawless, but by no means deserving of the 1/5 or 2/5 viewers have given it! The fight scenes were very good - Batman has not been physically beaten in the other 2 films as he was in this one, because Bane is a different type of criminal; he tested the Batman physically whereas the Joker tested him more mentally. Yes, Heath Ledger's Joker was amazing, and Bane wasn't quite as good, but I couldn't think of another superhero film that has a villain nearly as good as Bane or The Joker! It was well written, the special effects were awesome, it was on a much more epic scale than ever before, the acting was very good and Zimmer did a great job on the score. While I, too, did find Bane a little hard to understand at times, there were no lines that were completely incomprehensible from him - I found that every one of Bane's lines was really cool or meaningful in some way. It was long, yes, but I didn't really notice the time going by! There are a few things that stop it getting 5 stars from me, but these were minor flaws in the grand scheme of things. Overall, a brilliant film, maybe not quite as good as The Dark Knight but a quality ending to Nolan's trilogy.

DumDumBoy

Christopher Nolan at his most redundant, I'm afraid. Where the subtleties that Nolan can normally draw from high-concept entertainment (Inception)? Where was the humanity (Memento)? Where was the partnership of the real and the artifice (Inception again)? This was loud, vacuous, repetitive, at times criminally mundane. The acting was fine (Joseph and Anne particularly) and Michael Caine was impressively moving for someone who has never been truly an actor (he is a deliverer). But Christian fails on all levels (the Batman growl is truly absurd). Technically the film (aside from the impressive opening in-flight salvo) was average at best. The sound was absurd, Zimmer's (me do big score) soundtrack lacked any real drama or subtlety. An overlong, average end to a trilogy that has never quite escaped it's shackles. I still wait for a truly great Batman film. Maybe James Cameron can persuade Clint Eastwood to don the cape and cowl for a proper version of Miller's Dark Knight Returns? Until then, Burton's and Nolan's efforts merely suffice.

shane

I saw the movie opening day and thought it was great, even better than THe Dark Knight. THe plot was well thought out and tied together with the two other movies, amazing special effects and fight scenes, and batman's conflicts had me on the edge of my seat. And to top it off the ending worked out so well.

shane

I saw the movie opening day and thought it was great, even better than THe Dark Knight. THe plot was well thought out and tied together with the two other movies, amazing special effects and fight scenes, and batman's conflicts had me on the edge of my seat. And to top it off the ending worked out so well.

Liv

Tedious and nonsensical with bad fight editing and an incomprehensible wannabe Darth Vader- why did they do it to you Tom Hardy?? Why?? Overall, pretty boring with explosions.

Thomas Noctor

Absolutely amazing, I thought The Avengers wouldn't be pipped but this did it for Me, even though Bane's voice didn't suit! Amazing is the only word!

Thomas Noctor

Absolutely amazing, I thought The Avengers wouldn't be pipped but this did it for Me, even though Bane's voice didn't suit! Amazing is the only word!

Bob

The explosions and music overpowered the dialogue at the end of the movie. I have no idea what was going on ... except that I might have broken my eardrums. Disappointing movie from what was expected.

Paul

I found it structurally weak, overlong and flabby. The Earth's most hellish prison looked like a Turkish bath with a laundry service, plenty of the dialogue was unnecessary exposition and it all just felt like a bit of a mess. Picked up at the end, but still contained one of the most embarrassingly bad death scenes I've ever seen. Very weak compared to other Nolan films.

Ian

Do believe the hype. It is very good. I can see what a few people say about the film length and yes it could possibly be 15 minutes shorter but the story doesn't lag noticeably. There are a couple of excellent twists towards the end and the key actors are excellent throughout. Probably the best blockbuster of the summer thus far. A good 4 star film but not quite 5 stars.

Jeremyfactsman

It was a far too baggy 2hrs 40mins. - not enough interaction between Batman and Bane. I know thats the point, with how he comes back, but to me it makes it far less interesting. It was very Rocky Balboa. Bane's line of "I must break you" - I'm sure I've heard that before somewhere?! Bane was a good villain, but I'd much rather have seen someone smarter. It was just smash, kill, Bang. No trying to outsmart - no cunning. I'll just smash up gotham because I'm evil. Seen that before. "Gotham deserves a better class of criminal" was a key line used by the joker - He was right.

michael m

Firstly I have to say I loved the film, I thought tom hardy wouldn't suit the role as bain but he was fantastic!!!!, very menacing, The film was long but didn't feel like it, great story, great action and all in all a great night at the movies. However the one drawback to the film and it annoyed me everytime I saw her was catwoman, there was literally no need for her in the movie and to compound it all Hathaway was playing her, that is the only downside to the movie 4 1/2 stars

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