Never in all my days did I think I would shed a tear at a Batman film, but thanks to Christopher Nolan’s incarnation of the Dark Knight that day has come and gone. What has been a Trilogy almost 10 years in the making has now been given a fitting finale and will most certainly go down in history.
With just about everyone from the first two films reprising their roles, we see the additions of Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda, and Anne Hathaway as Selina (Catwoman, even if she’s never actually referred to directly). Bane’s addition as main antagonist to this canon was the one that caused the most controversy due to him being known as The Man Who Broke the Bat, but Hardy’s intimidating figure and impossible to impersonate voice (imagine a Speak ‘n Spell with Prince Charles’s voice) he pulls it off well (only occasionally venturing into incomprehensible territory). By pulling some crazy-ass capers, he manages to lure Batman out of retirement and into his weakest position before attempting to rid Gotham of their anti-hero and plunge the city into chaos.
Considering Bale doesn’t even don the Bat suit for a good 30 minutes at the start of the film the beginning sets the scene by reminding you of everything that has ever happened that you might need to know about, just in case. Once that suit comes on though, the gloves come off and it’s action and mad stunts galore, with new gadgets to play with and bigger explosions.
While hindsight isn’t kind to this film it’s still incredibly enjoyable on the first watch and draws you in like nothing else. While other trilogies often flounder after their initial success, the Dark Knight has gone from strength to strength. A thoroughly climactic finish and most certainly worth a watch.