Now that “The Dark Knight Rises” will finally be unleashed to the masses, a nagging question is sure to plague your mind - Will Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion live up to all the hype?
Be warned, there are more spoilers here than you can shake your batarang at.
The story takes place eight years after the previous story, in which
Batman took the fall for D. A. Harvey Dent's death. And only one who
knows the truth about that dreaded night is Commissioner Gordon, and
it's a burden that is slowly eating away at his conscience.
Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne has become a crippled recluse and hides away
while mourning over the death of his beloved Rachel Dawes. It is only
the arrival of a cunning "cat burglar" and a ruthless masked terrorist
that Batman must once again fight to bring back order to Gotham
City. But is he willing to make the ultimate sacrifice?
In this sequel, Christian Bale once again reprises his dual role as billionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego Batman. Also returning is Michael Caine as Wayne's butler Alfred; Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon; and Morgan Freeman as inventor extraordinaire Lucius Fox. Keep an eye out for other characters from previous films to show up too.
The story also introduces new characters such as Anne Hathaway as thief-for-hire Selina Kyle/Catwoman; Tom Hardy as the masked villain Bane; Marion
Cotillard as socialite Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as rookie cop John Blake.
As for the storyline, there are plenty of plot twists and action scenes to keep audiences glued to their seats (we warn that you should use the toilet right before the movie or risk missing an important scene). We get to see Bruce Wayne rise from his despair, only to be confronted by his butler who wishes to see Wayne live a normal, happy life away from his masked-hero responsibilities. We see the chemistry unfold as Wayne flip-flops between the temptress Selina and the pious Miranda. By the way, Hathaway does a particularly good job at portraying Catwoman's mysterious, slightly-bipolar personality.
The one person who is capable of stealing the spotlight from Bale is Tom Hardy's performance as the destructive Bane. His muscly exterior, brutish demeanor is juxtaposed against the serene tone of his voice. This man will not stop until he sees Gotham descend into chaos while Batman hopelessly watches. As for why he's doing this, you will just have to pay close attention to the film to spot the clues.
And of course, lets not forget about the gadgets. What is Batman without his expensive gadgets? While we weren't too keen on brand new mode of transport--it was cool, but it could have been more sleek--we were happy that they decided to keep Batman's trusty bike around in this one.
Apart from that, expect quite a few martial arts scenes here and there, and plenty Hathaway closeups, showing her moves in a super tight catsuit.
We're not going to spoil the ending for you, but we will miss Nolan's gritty version of Batman, which sets the bar higher than ever for anyone else who thinks they can do better. He has managed to capture the complexities of Wayne's character and Batman's world without regressing into comic-book mode. And while die-hard fans might be a little upset over the remaking of certain characters' origins, we wouldn't have it any other way.
The Dark Knight Rises hits cinemas July 19, 2012. Get your tickets now!