After watching Batman v Superman I decided to go back and retread by watching the last of the Nolan Batman films last night. The Dark Knight Rises is seen as the most problematic film of the series, as a loss of passion from a creative standpoint, something we’d witnessed with the last of the Raimi Spiderman films. Though problematic, I’m not going to say The Dark Knight Rises is bad when it clearly is a good film, lets take a look at another Nolan film I share the same feelings towards, Interstellar. Interstellar has a record number of plot-holes and illogical situations, but because of the emotion behind it and the onscreen awe left from experiencing the film, Interstellar is entertaining and a mighty cinematic journey. The same happens with The Dark Knight Rises. Both of these films were suffering from loud expectations, before even coming out Interstellar was being called this generation’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Dark Knight Rises was coming off the success of Inception and succeeding what I and many people consider the greatest superhero adaptation of today, and though epic in scale The Dark Knight Rises does have some strange narrative problems as it moves along.
From the beginning, The Dark Knight Rises presents us with a very different type of Batman, a retired, damaged, and broken bat. Each film presented us with a different type of Batman but for whatever reason this one seems to be the most bring, in Batman Begins Batman was learning to be the hero his city needed, in The Dark Knight we got a look at a conflicted Batman, and here we get to follow a quasi-retired Batman who once presented in the film appears to have everything under control, that is until he confronts Bane. Bane, Bane is a really weird villain, he’s a complete 180° from what Joker was and thats the way it should be, yet as menacing as he seems, like probably everyone on this planet I have a problem with his voice. Tom Hardy seems to do this a lot, he always injects some weird manner of speaking to his most recognizable roles, whether that be Max Rockatansky’s caveman manner of speaking or his most notorious role with a weird voice modulation, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Most of the lines he says are really well-written and grant him the towering, mysterious presence he deserves, but every line he says follows this awkward pacing that involves the emphasis of only some of the words `he says in his sentences so whenever he speaks his vocal pattern follows odd ups and downs as he addresses the world, which is certainly an interesting choice for Hardy and Nolan to take, but not a great choice for them to make. Like all of the Nolan Batman films you have multiple villains involved in a greater scheme, one of those being Bane, the other Ben Mendelsohn which is very forgettable in his role and the other a mysterious puppeteer kept in the shadows. This mysterious figure kept in the shadows is who I have a problem with because of the clumsy execution behind her character, that can be read two different ways if you’ve seen the film.
Once Batman isn’t in control of things is when the film loses control as well, so far everything was good, an epic entrance for Bane, some pretty cool fight scenes, and a mighty chase through the streets of Gotham, plus the introduction of some new characters. Those being Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s police officer and Hathaway’s Catwoman, which are handled quite well under Nolan’s direction.To not delve into spoiler territory, I will it is once Bane and Batman interact and Batman is transported somewhere the film loses me for a bit. Some strange things happen in that solitary location, apparitions appear, legends are exposed, a wise old man randomly starts speaking English, and Bruce Wayne undergoes some practically magical medical procedures. And then as if nothing happened, the film goes on.
To not ruin the film’s finale, I will only state that its quite confusing. Some un-plausible things begin to happen. Commissioner Gordon rallies some type of elite task force, Batman learns the power of tele-transportation and some more things happen before the film finally come to an end. But behind all this nonsensical madness certain emotions sustain themselves, and this is why the film is permitted to live beyond its many flaws. The turmoil of emotions that the clash between Batman and the corruption in his city bring to the film is portrayed excellently by Nolan, Nolan delivers with the best interpretation of Bane we’ve ever seen on-screen, layering his pain behind his power, and though unstable The Dark Knight Rises does seem like an adequate, epic conclusion to the incredible saga that Nolan delivered on. The Dark Knight Rises is a troubled film with enough heart and emotion behind it to make it a powerful film, an epic conclusion, and an 82 out of 100.