About that whole no guns thing... Turns out I'm not as commited to it as you are.
Christopher Nolan directs this latest Batman film, as he did it's predecessors, "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." I have yet to see any of his other films, but I hear many good things about them, and if the Batman trilogy is any indication of his talent on other movies, then I've no doubt in my mind that there will be more greatness to come by his hands. This film is beautifully done. I love the tone of the movie. It's dark and foreboding, and it kind of gave me the feel I had when I read the novel, "No Man's Land." Which I think may have been part of the inspiration for the movie's storyline. I like this sense in the film because it gives off that feeling of "This is the end for this." Much akin to the feeling given in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," and I love having that feeling in movies that act as the end to any series. It gives the movie a much more serious feeling and has you gripping the edge of your seat through the experience. That's what "The Dark Knight Rises" was for me. The finale. The end. The most important film in the series. I loved every second of it, and I have to say that this was probably my favorite installment of the series. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to downplay "The Dark Knight's" success, let's face it, if it wasn't for that one I probably wouldn't have even been interested in any of the new Batman films. The Nolan brothers team up on the writing for this movie, and I believe that it's the plot of the film that makes it so engaging. Many say that Nolan bases this movie's story on "The Dark Knight Returns." I wouldn't know whether that's true or not because I have never read it, however I stand firm in my belief that the novel "No Man's Land" had a play in his planning as well, and I thought that was cool, seeing as how I really enjoyed that book. At any rate, Nolan doesn't fail to amaze with his finale.
The movie starts out eight years after the end of "The Dark Knight." After Harvey Dent's (Aaron Eckhart) death, a Gotham holiday was announced, " Harvey Dent Day" in memory of their shining knight, and in the wake of his death a bill was passed putting away left and right, and ensuring a time of peace for the citizens of Gotham. However, someone stands tall to take away this peace: Bane (Tom Hardy), a mercenary raised in a prison, known as "Hell on Earth." He's not like other villains though. While he's huge, bulking, and completely out of his mind, he's also incredibly smart, cunning, and demented He's a triple threat, and one of Gotham's most lethal villains to date. After suffering injuries, Bruce Wayne/batman (Christian Bale) both have disappeared into the blue and out of site. However, when a cat burglar named Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) steals his mother's pearls,and in light of Bane's havoc, Wayne decides to come out of his solitary confinement and into the light to find his mother's pearls, and stop Bane from going through with whatever he was planning. Batman soon discovers that Bane's plans are a lot more nefarious than originally thought. Bane has been hired to sweep Bruce Wayne's feet out from underneath him, then on his own accord, has taken one of Wayne industry's biggest technological advancements and turned into an atomic bomb and turned against Gotham. Using his promises of freedom from oppression, Gotham becomes Bane's own wasteland of havoc and terror, completely cut off from the rest of the world. In the mean time, John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a rookie cop out for true justice is on a mission to save the citizens of Gotham from themselves. Teaming up with Batman, and some of Batman's closest allies: Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), and Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), he plans to sweep Bane's operation under the rug, and completely stop him. Despite the whole operation having more power than any of them no what to do with. Playing a bit of a double-agent, they also have Selina Kyle, who helps here and there, but mostly only does whatever she can to better herself and get her through the whole ordeal alive. Gotham has become a war zone, and only the Batman can rise to power and save Gotham from itself, but this time he cannot do it alone as he always has.
The cast of this movie was fantastic, as they have proven to be in the past installment in the Nolan Batman Trilogy. Christian Bale does a great job as Batman, though I still have to trouble getting past that ridiculous voice he does as Batman. I needn't say how well Morgan Freeman does because we all know he's great. He's Morgan Freeman, for god's sake. With the Rachel Dawes character dead and out of Wayne's life, they had to introduce new love interests for Bruce Wayne, and they did so with two very well rounded actresses. First off there's Miranda Tate, played by Marion Cotillard who is a strong self-assured woman, who means business, and isn't afraid to fight for what she believes in. Marion is a good actress, and she did a great job at portraying this role. Someone that you could really see Bruce Wayne being with. Secondly, there is the ever-popular Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. Anne Hathaway steps into the shoes of Catwoman for this movie, and while everyone was as skeptical as ever about her casting as Selina Kyle, I think everyone the world over ate their words tonight. I thought she did a fantastic job at playing Selina. Cunning, smart, seductive, and torn between what's right and what's wrong. Everything Catwoman should be. Not a good guy, but not a definitive bad guy all around, and catty the entire time around. I loved her performance, and I feel as if she was one of my favorite characters to watch the entire time. Tom Hardy plays an excellent Bane, though if you ask me it's not hard to follow up the big grunting idiot from the George Clooney "Batman & Robin" film. He's menacing, smart, and really frightening at times. I loved seeing him devastate any who opposed him. He's deadly, and Tom Hardy managed to do most of his acting through his eyes, displaying the insanity inside of Bane's head. Although my one gripe about Bane was his voice. It was just a little weird for me. Nothing too horrible, just... odd. Especially since I always thought Bane was supposed to be Hispanic more than anything. It wasn't a big deal, and I forgot about it about halfway into the film anyway. Finally we've got the police force. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a fantastic job stepping into the role of the new offficer trying to get to the bottom of everything, and the entire film he was a very likeable character. I feel he was a great casting choice, just as his predecessor Gary Oldman was for the role of Commissioner Gordon, who still has the knack for the role in this series finale. Playing the likeable Commissioner who only fights for what's right and doesn't take no for an answer. All around, the cast of the movie do a fantastic job, and make the movie really fun to watch.
So if you're skeptical about this film, though I doubt there's anyone that wasn't going to see it, then don't be. Because seeing this movie is a definitely must. It's thrilling, action packed, fun, and tragic all rapped into one summer hit. A great follow-up to a movie that shook the comic-book world's walls and changed everything for the Batman movie series. I feel it more than held up it's own in the shadow of such a renowned film, and that alone is enough for me to completely love it. As I said, this installment is probably my favorite of the three. It was just so epic, and everything was really dramatic because you could feel everything coming to a close, even though you weren't ready for it to happen. It was fantastic to sit back for a couple of hours, and witness one final act of glory from one of the world's greatest superheros, the Batman. I hope everyone enjoys this movie as much as I do, and if you take my recommendation to see it, then I know you will not be disappointed at all. This movie truly is another summer hit for 2012.