“It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan. No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.”
Okay, so I saw the third and last movie of Nolan’s epic Batman series yesterday (first day first show baby). I’m still trying to make up my mind about it. I think, that if you know too much about Batman, you are likely to be mildly disappointed. And no, TDKR is nowhere near even an average film. It’s grand, it’s huge, it’s spectacular. It’s enthralling. It keeps your attention from start till the end. Well, if you just have a passing acquaintance with the Dark Knight, you will love every bit of it. Though, I’m a bit saddened from Nolan for twisting Batman’s mythos.
The story starts eight years after the events of 2008’s The Dark Knight. Batman took the blame for Two Face’s crimes and has become a recluse. Jim Gordon smashed the Bat signal and people of Gotham remember Batman as a vile creature who showed his true colors. Only few know the truth. Arrival of Batman’s ultimate foe- Bane, makes him come out of retirement. Story becomes weak after the first half. Logic escapes and also becomes pretty predictable. Though, you will notice it only if you can get your attention away from amazingly spectacular action sequences. Of course, there’s Jim Gordon, old but gold Alfred, and Lucious Fox to help the Caped Crusader in his toughest battle ever. Then, there’s lovely Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (Catwoman) with her sensational fighting moves and saucy lines. It was really nice to see Joseph Gordon Levitt’s role as an honest young cop. He did really well and his role was quite important to the plot which becomes even more important in the end, won’t tell you why. I loved the lad’s work in Inception and 50/50. Nolan can really separate wheat from chaff. Same is the case with Tom Hardy. Hardy as Bane looks just what you except from Bane- deadly, merciless, epitome of muscular strength and superbly sharp mind and dare I say it, better than the Joker! Yes! Though, Joker’s fanatics will disagree but I found Bane infinitely satisfying. His menacing presence is one of the USPs of the film. First battle between Batman and Bane, early in the film, was probably best on-screen duel I have ever seen in any film. Attention to detail is almost baffling. The stunning ‘thud’ sounds of punches and kicks exchanged between Bane and Batman are unbelievably realistic. I watched that scene holding my breath. Yes, Bane does breaks Batman’s back (remember Knightfall?) and Batman makes an epic return with Bane watching, a bewildered look on his face. Also liked impeccable Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman’s work.
Hans Zimmer shone again. His score was at times melancholic and gloomy and even aggressive like Batman Begins, perfectly in tones of the specific scenes. I’m going to buy the soundtrack as soon as possible.
Overall, the film is worth a watch and more. If you really want to watch this film, watch it in the theater. You’ll cheer! You’ll scream! I got goosebumps when crowd screamed for Batman when he made his first appearance in the movie. People erupted when Batman returned after fracturing his vertebrae with a building on fire & glowing in the bat’s shape and Bane’s suppressed cry of “IMPOSSIBLE!” and the ear-piercing shouts of people around me when the Batman was finally able to overpower Bane after discovering his weakness. Make no mistake, it’s a perfectly suitable conclusion to the franchise. Visual effects are just awesome. Movies starts with a bang! Do NOT arrive for this film late. Bane makes his entry in style. Though, his end is somewhat disappointing.
Watch it for sexy Anne Hathaway, watch it for intense Christian Bale, and last but not the least, watch it for the terrifying Bane. Ending the review by this lovely quote by Bane to the Batman:
“Ah, so, you believe the darkness to be your ally. But you merely adopted the darkness, I was born in it. Molded by it”