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the dark knight rises: an epic conclusion

As I wrote eight (!) years ago, Batman is my favorite superhero character. With Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and finally The Dark Knight Rises we finally have a movie saga worthy of an iconic comic book character that is unlikely to be topped any time soon. It is epic, a great conclusion to the best superhero trilogy ever put on the big screen, and if you enjoy movies you should go see this one in a theater, were it can be experienced it as it was meant to.

I’ve said before that Batman can be defined in contrast with its enemies. If the Joker in TKD was pure id, Bane in TKDR is much more calculating ego and even anti-super-ego (even if that is mangling Freudian theory to some degree), and it suits the evolution of the overall story well, connecting the enemy of Batman Begins (The League of Shadows) with the unrestrained anarchy of The Dark Knight represented by the Joker into one, with more impact than Knightfall, the comic book series that foreshadows some of the movie’s plot.

The movie isn’t perfect. Parts of it feel rushed, and certain plot points seem at times pulled out of thin air, others can be seen coming a mile away, three areas in which The Dark Knight was superior. There were times when I found myself admiring the scenery rather than being immersed in it, and I would have liked at least an oblique reference to the fate of the Joker (if there was one, I missed it in what is at times fast, mumbled or distorted dialogue). These minor failings don’t subtract too much from the movie in my opinion, and the movie’s climax is superior to that of The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan at the top of his game, a master of cinema weaving an extremely complex story with great skill (although perhaps not to the level of Inception), and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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