By Kyra Smith-Cullen
December 6, 2012
“The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment of Nolan’s Batman series, is exactly what a superhero movie should be: action packed, dramatic, and surprising at every corner.
In the movie, Batman has disappeared from Gotham City, remaining a hated vigilante who is blamed for crimes he didn’t commit. In a move similar to classic sports movies, Batman receives a challenge from the masked mercenary Bane and the cat burglar Selina Kyle.
There were so many twists and turns in the movie that every time I thought I had it figured out, there would be a new development that proved me wrong. It was exciting to watch and had me at the edge of my seat.
The casting for this film was spot on. Christian Bale reprised his role as the grim caped crusader while Alfred and Lucius Fox provided paternal support, guiding Bruce through gray areas in the movie. Anne Hathaway brings a signature coy and tough-as-nails persona to Batman’s famous love interest. Everybody fit their roles perfectly.
While the plot and the cast played a huge part in the film’s success, it could not have been achieved without the aid of things like cinematography and location. Each location was an extension of the story, from the bleak, urban wasteland of Gotham City to the shining glory of Wayne Towers. It made the movie more thrilling to watch, especially when combined with fantastic camera angles that helped draw the viewer in.
Just as enthralling was the movie’s soundtrack, which helped set the mood for the audience. There were several times that I found my heart racing all because of a fast beat.
In conclusion, I can easily say that “The Dark Knight Rises” lives up to the standards set by its predecessors, and even goes farther in some aspects. If you are looking for a movie to see, you should definitely check this out.