Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Nobody seems to want to admit that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (C+) just gets a little silly. Tom Hardy’s Bane is an incomprehensible mess of a character; Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne spends much of the film trapped in a pit; and it’s difficult to say what Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle is supposed to be here to do (she has the same name as Cat Woman and is a cat burglar – hmmm?). A series of events has sullied Batman’s reputation, and he’s now Public Enemy Number One; and only after the world reaches the brink can he convince people they are ready for a hero again. The pacing is off and the plot strangely uninvolving. I suppose this one just suffers from #3 in the trilogy curse. It’s not a terrible way to go out, but it’s definitely downhill after a superior set of predecessors.

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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Posted in 2012

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