The 3rd and final installment of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” series premiered at midnight tonight with an explosive 2 hour 45 minute finale. The tale begins 8 years after the events of “Dark Knight” and Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has retired from being Batman and ends up a cane-wielding recluse in rebuilt Wayne Mansion. After an inspiring speech by a young, motivated, beat cop, John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and after new villains such as Bane (Tom Harding), Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and all the low-level criminals start to take over Gotham City, Batman rises from seclusion to take his crime-ridden city back and restore it to it’s former glory. At the same time, protecting his family’s fortune amongst financial upheaval in the stock market with the help of fellow millionaire investor Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard).
Again, we see Batman regulars such as Comissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), Mayor Anthony Garcia (Nestor Carbonell), Alfred (Michael Caine), Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and even a brief appearance from Dr. Crane (Cillian Murphy). However, missing was any mention of Joker (previously played by the brilliant Heath Ledger) or any of the Mob bosses seen in Dark Knight.
In this movie we see the internalized and personal struggle Bruce Wayne must go through in order to suit up again after 8 years of mourning the murder of his one true love, Rachel Dawes. The main villain, Bane, is a fantastic foe for Batman to rise up against and really stop at nothing to stop him, maybe even breaking his one rule: no guns, no killing. We really see how the citizens of Gotham, desperate for someone to save them, goes into survival mode and lives for a period of several months in a distopian, crime-ridden society where the law is outlawed and mutiny is fatally punished.
Visually, the movie is amazing. It seems pretty clear now that anything Christopher Nolan touches seems to turn to gold. I’m very excited to see what he has in store for us in the future. He definately is the future of filmmaking and the future of film production. I see nothing but a very bright future for him in the film industry. I really hope he gets an academy award for this film because he definitely deserves it.
PS: only one downside–sometimes Bane is very hard to understand due to accent and the fact that he wears a Darth Vader-type face mask. Just a heads up.
SEE, SEE, SEE!!!!!! MUST SEE!!!!!