The Dark Knight Rises – A Movie Review from Menlo Park!

by on July 20, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

movie review - The Dark Knight Rises

This is a movie review (no spoilers) for the Christopher Nolan directed Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. And I must say, this movie came in at 164 minutes and did not seem that long at all. But does that mean it was good? Read on.

movie review - Christian Bale in The Dark Knight RisesChristian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman for one last time in The Dark Knight Rises as he faces off against Tom Hardy who plays Bane.

Christopher Nolan produced, wrote and directed this movie as well has script scribes Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer. And I must say that this was probably the best way to conclude Nolan’s trilogy of The Dark Knight.

For those reviews that said the first act was too busy with too many details, I say hogwash! Yes, there was a lot to introduce, but it felt like a well balanced act or delivery or reminders of story information.

Bale did Bruce Wayne as he’s always done.

Tom Hardy, I felt, could have done better, but at no fault of his own. The mask covered up his mouth and you had to wonder if he was actually talking or if the words were dubbed in later. But still, his presence was unmistakable.

movie review - Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight RisesAnne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, AKA, Catwoman delivered what felt like a great and typical portrayal of our cat burglar.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight RisesJoseph Gordon-Levitt played John Blake, a street cop and his role was wonderful to follow.

Marion Cotillard played Miranda Tate, a business woman who had dealings with Bruce Wayne’s company.

And Matthew Modine evicted emotions out of me in such a way that my feelings for the character transferred to Modine.

BUT Christopher Judge‘s role in the movie was way too short for this Stargate fan and from what I’ve read and what I’ve seen, they may have cut a scene or two that I was expecting. His credit title is, if I recall correctly, Mercenary Assassin #3. Boo.

Marion Cotillard in The Dark Knight RisesIn The Dark Knight Rises, we are reminded of the good that Harvey Dent did 8 years earlier (8 story years) and how the crime in the city has panned out.

Bane shows up early and often and is the primary thorn in Batman’s side and he plays out a very well executed plan. But a lot was going on and you did not always feel his presence. But don’t take that the wrong way. Bane is definitely in charge of attacking Gotham City and has a very meticulous plan to let work out.

I don’t want to say too much about Catwoman. She plays an integral part throughout and the character will keep you engaged. More than visually guys.

This is a good story chronicling Bruce Wayne/Batman’s journey after the events of the Dark Knight to up until now. And the movie covers a bit of time itself, as you’ll see when you catch it in theaters.

And the Bat Wing is so much more awesome in the movie than all the trailers give it credit.

Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight RisesMy other observation is that Marvel has messed with my head a bit. In their movies, you have action, story and scripts peppered with quirky and well timed one-liners. In Rises, there were moments of quirk, but I was expecting quirk and got seriousness or a more somber form of quirky. And that’s not a complaint but yet another point that helps anchor this movie in a kind of realm of drama that kept the situation serious.

I DID NOT WASTE my money going to see The Dark Knight Rises and if I were to score the movie, I’d probably give it a 9 out of 10. I mean face it, when you’re sitting in a 164-minute movie, and not noticed how long you’ve sat there, that says something for the movie!

There were a few moments or scenes or deeds acted out in the story that had a convenience factor attached to it to help move the plot along, but that’s not a complaint.

This being the final film in Nolan’s trilogy, I think he closed it out as best he could and that was pretty decent. If you must ask, Bane vs. The Joker… well, The Joker had something new about himself to give you in almost every scene that he showed up in. Bane did deliver how cold and calculating he was and we did see something new every now and then, but he was on-track with his goal. I wasn’t kept off-balanced like I was with The Joker. But don’t worry, Bane still rocks folks!

I have to say thank you to Christopher Nolan for bringing validity to a beloved comic book character like Batman and keeping it real, literally.



The Cinemark movie theater I caught the movie at screwed up, as they were “selling” exclusive tees (That were very cool) for the movie, but apparently did not have enough inventory to get me an XL. That left a sour after-taste with me.

We saw a Man of Steel preview clip that was mostly words and some scenes, closed out by showing Superman flying. It felt like they’re looking to make this film a great, dramatic piece. If the tone of the movie is anything like the clip, it should rock.

And on the shooting in Colorado… people suck. The act of one single, mentally destabilized individual can ruin the lives of many and a day that should be celebrated with fulfilled expectation, and we get this bu*hit distraction.


The Dark Knight Rises movie review


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Capt. Obvious August 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Thank you for clarification on the comment. I was once told that calling a comment something isn’t much different than calling the source of the comment the same… I was taking offense initially. I myself avoid derogatory comments about people or their comments. It’s not very productive in the long run and does not help ongoing conversation.

Capt. Obvious August 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

Not necessary 790. You have your point and I’ve stated mine. At least I don’t diminish my point by having to call anyone names to make my point.

Capt. Obvious August 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Wow…. as one person put it… this might have been the worse of the three films. The story was in pieces. Bane was distracting or annoying. And it looked like Bale mailed in his performance.

There were so many story holes where events weren’t very well connected that it became funny. How can 3000 men become trapped under a city and not find a way out? How does a single man get into a city that is cut off from the world? When did he jump out? (You know what I’m talking about). The biggest opponent of the film, taken out in a scene of about 3 seconds?

Did Michael Bay co-write this?

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