Dark Knight Rises!

I sat in the darkened theater, waiting for the last of the Batman Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolen, to begin. The theater is full.  Everyone waiting to see what has happened to Batman since The Dark Knight left him taking the blame for the death of Gotham City’s favorite son, Harvey Dent. What has happened to Bruce Wayne and is Alfred still around?
The film opens with Gotham City at peace due to the Dent Act (which I am not sure what the act is, I was crunching popcorn). Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) is feeling remorse about not speaking up about the way Harvey Dent really died and the thing he had become.  The beautiful Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is a “cat” burglar stealing a necklace from Bruce Wayne’s (Christian Bale) mansion and Bruce is wallowing around his suite of rooms in his PJ’s feeling sorry for himself.  In the bowels of Gotham City is Bane (Tom Hardy), a real, real, bad man who wears a mask (sort of like a gas mask thing), and speaks like Darth Vader on Novocain.  I really wish they had subtitles for him.  I couldn’t understand half of what he was saying, but he looked real mean.  His purpose is to blow Gotham City off the map with a nuclear bomb.  Between Cat Woman playing both sides and Bain causing havoc, Batman must come back to Gotham City to save the day.
Bruce Wayne is kind of rusty, not having taken care of himself for the past 8 years but there are a lot of great gadgets that Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) has acquired for such a day. There are warm fuzzy’s like the boys in the orphanage that believes in Batman.  John Blake, (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) the young rooky police officer who grew up in that orphanage, not only believing in Batman but knowing his identity  and now working to clear Batman’s name. The beautiful and rich Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) who will save Wayne Enterprises when it falls to ruin.
How did I really feel about the film?  I loved it.  I loved the characters, the story, the action, the twists, and the humanness of it.  Yes, there were parts that were a little over the top but its Batman.  Poor Alfred (Michael Caine), that’s all I’m going to say about that.  I really liked Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman. She played it with just the right amount of everything.  She wasn’t just a beautiful woman acting like a cat.  She had lots of layers and was a real woman with issues.
Neither Christopher Nolan nor the actors phoned this one in. I really like the ending. The Dark Knight Rises is worth SPENDING THE MONEY to see at the theaters, twice.

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