Whilst the name implies, The Dark Knight Rises is just a sequel of the past Batman movie, The Dark Knight. It’s set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. The late Harvey Dent is remembered as the hero who rid Gotham of evil and Batman is known as the murderer who killed him. Batman went into exile after the Harvey incident and hasn’t been seen since. However, Batman returns again after Gotham is under threat of a fearful criminal, Bane (Tom Hardy).
The movie starts with the apparently impossible escape produced by Bane from an airplane. He threatens to destroy peace and take control Gotham City. The only real person who are able to stop him is the Dark Knight.
However, Bruce Wayne has gone into exile, but he soon makes a comeback when his mother’s precious pearl necklace is stolen by Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). Selina also warns Wayne in regards to a storm that’ll hit Gotham. Her words convince Wayne to return.
Another area of the plot involves Wayne wanting to save his business from destruction. He hands over his business to a philanthropist, Miranda Tate played by Marion Cotillard. Wayne’s butler Alfred and his executive Lucius remain loyal to him, no matter what he does.
Wayne needs most of the help he can reach defeat Bane. He gets help and support from Commissioner Gordon and John Blake. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the role of John Blake, who is a beat cop that knows the gravity of the situation. He was also orphaned as a young child and can sympathize with Batman.
Bale, as always, does well as Batman and, most importantly, as Wayne read more. He wants to quit being Batman but struggles to accomplish so. Gordon played by Oldman gets additional time on the screen, that is always welcome.
Going on to the newcomers, Anne Hathaway is amazingly great at playing the role of Selina. Meanwhile, Gordon-Levitt plays the role of a Batman’s ally, John Blake. Gordon-Levitt can also be great at playing Blake. The one left is Hardy as Bane. Hardy’s Bane is compared to Heath Ledger’s Joker, that is both unfair and unavoidable. Hardy is quite great at his role, but he couldn’t meet Ledger’s Joker.
Folks have lots of expectations for The Dark Knight Rises, more than every other movie. This is certainly caused by as a result of high standard Nolan set by his last Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
For probably the most part, The Dark Knight Rises meet the expectations. It is a grand finale of Nolan’s Batman trilogy with stunning set pieces and breathtaking action. Nolan did his far better tie up all loose ends while producing a thrilling movie.