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The Dark Knight Rises

Release Date: 
07/20/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: PG-13
Star Rating: 
10 out of 10

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Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
The Pitch: Batman returns after an eight-year absence to save Gotham City from the master strategist Bane.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
What It Really Is: Epic. Huge. Enormous. Just an immense movie, two hours and forty minutes that fly by without you even noticing your legs have gone numb. It’s next to impossible to give a comprehensive review of the movie without spoiling it (we’re looking at you and your scene-by-scene spoiler minefield, Time), but here’s all you need to know: Christopher Nolan and team have delivered. Less bleak than The Dark Knight but far bigger in scope, Rises does exactly what it set out to do: wrap up the trilogy in a satisfying, meaningful way. It’s taught, emotional, at times funny (Bruce Wayne’s visit to his doctor is just brilliant), and stuffed with impressive action set pieces.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Bad Guy Bonus: Tom Hardy’s bad guy doesn’t quite measure up to Heath Ledger’s Joker (how could he?) but he’s very impressive as Bane. While Joker was portrayed as a force of chaos, Bane is pure will: immovable, implacable, unstoppable. He’s a totally convincing nemesis, who manages to bring an unsettling humanity to his monster when required. The biggest surprise is Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman: competent, coldly sexy and convincingly damaged, this is another fantastic interpretation of a classic character. Casting women has traditionally been Nolan’s weak spot – Katie Holmes and poor little Ellen Page were both blown off the screen by their male counterparts in Batman Begins and Inception, respectively – but Hathaway holds her own almost as well as her suit holds all the padding it required to make it look like she has hips.

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Nitpicking: There are one or two questionable choices and plot holes, and hardcore comics fans will notice some inconsistencies with the usual portrayal of Batman. But in terms of the world set up specifically in this movie trilogy, pretty much everything works, deftly blending elements of the classic Knightfall and No Man’s Land storylines into one coherent whole. And in all honesty, you’ll be so sucked into it that you’ll forgive the wonkier moments.

Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “So good, they could have put nipples on the bat-suit and we wouldn’t even have cared” – Maxim.com

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Who It’s For: People who want a grown-up, intelligent, emotional take on a guy who runs around in tights and punches dudes.

Studio: Warner Bros