TVG on Films: The Dark Knight Rises 2012

Let me start by saying this is in no way a review of the latest instalment of the Batman Trilogy, I simply wanted to say that it’s fantastic. I know my words aren’t going to affect whether you were going to go or not – I’m certain everyone will go to see it. The build up has been immense and maybe that’s affected my enthusiasm for the movie in general but if you knew me you’d know I’m not a comic book man and I’ve never been interested in X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman – just Batman. My eagerness for this final movie has been fuelled by a number of things that has made this Batman stand out for me above its other comic book rivals.
* The direction/production team: Not only has the entire Batman trilogy been spectacular but the team behind The Dark Knight Rises, headed by Nolan, was predicted to produce the most spectacular movie of the lot and they didn’t disappoint.
* Christian Bale/Tom Hardy/Michael Caine: Caine as Alfred is just perfect, I’ve got nothing else to say. Bale and Hardy are two actors at the top of their game, both world class. Hardy is so sauve and likeable and I was keen to see him play the villan and he did so with proficiency (Bane is terribly intimidating). Bruce Wayne is the ultimate – beat it Tony Stark, you’re a twat. Bale is Bruce Wayne, he owns the character as much as Connery owns Bond (Craig is doing well though).
* Cast in General: Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway. It’s the who’s who of acting right now.

I love the angle Batman has taken in this trilogy, the darkness, the seriousness. Nolan has reinvented the genre and I’m hooked which makes it all the more upsetting that this was the last (or was it). Nolan, cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Lee Smith, production designers Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh have produced a masterpiece of epic proportions – there are scenes in the movie that just baffled me, the pictures, the angles, the effects, I knew it wasn’t real but I forgot New York was Gotham and I watched it disintegrate before me and it made me uneasy. From the moment it begins to the moment it ends the world of Gotham city sucks you into the screen. I left the movie overwhelmed. Impressed, upset, happy, disorientated – for whatever reason I was emotionally exhausted. In the 2 hours and 45 minutes I thought about nothing but what was in front of me, I haven’t been so engaged with a movie ever. I’m simply going to say that if you don’t see this on the big screen don’t bother speaking about it ever. This is the reason the ‘movies’ still exists. Sitting here trying to write about it I realise I’m still shocked, shocked in a way that has me lost for words. My words cannot do this movie justice so I’m going to stop. Go and see it asap. You too will be lost for words but you won’t need them because like me you won’t know what to say – you’ll just know it was brilliant.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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