THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is the third and final chapter in director Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy. I enjoyed the movie for the most part but it wasn’t as epic as I was hoping it would be, especially for a movie that clocks in at 2:45.

The movie picks up eight years later with a new villain that has emerged, Bane. You know, the one from the comics who broke Batman’s back! Bane and Bats battle it out in epic fashion. Without going into it too much let’s just say Bane is too much for Bats, and we get introduced to new characters, on both sides of the fence. Yes, Batman/Bruce Wayne is pretty much falling apart in this movie.

Ok, there’s lots of cool action scenes in the movie. Some adrenaline junkies would love and appreciate. We get several new “Bat” toys in the movie that are lots of fun too watch but to me getting these along with a few other things from the movie this one isn’t as grounded as it’s predecessors. I know some fans will love the direction but some of the hardcore ones may not like this. We know we can’t have some of this stuff in reality, not yet anyway.  There’s a little humor in the movie which I really liked, don’t worry it’s not too much at all just a few one liners that I caught. All of the acting was good and the chemistry was topnotch! The movie itself runs at 2 hours 45 minutes which was way too long! It’s almost like Nolan was trying to outdo himself and he kind of fell short doing so. There are some very slow scenes in the movie, I even fell asleep twice! I think that problem was because we have too many main characters running around talking about nothing. I’ll say if this movie was cut differently and clocked in at 2 hours, maybe 2:15 it would have run much smoother! Oh well, I’m not the director now am I. Anyway, it’s still a lot of fun, most fans will love it, especially for the toys and some of the action scenes.

Bottom line is, The Dark Knight Rises is a fun movie mixed with great action and some very dull scenes that could have been left out. All in all, it’s a good addition to the franchise that does wrap up the trilogy but I wouldn’t say it’s an epic conclusion. Would I go see it again? I already have to give it a fair chance.

Studio: Warner Bros.

Story: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer

Cast: Christian Bale,  Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and lots of cameos/smaller roles with popular  faces!

Run Time: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Rated: PG-13


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