My Rating: 9/10
Synopsis: Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, Gotham is once again in peril. The monstrous Bane of the infamous league of shadows lured Bruce Wayne out of his retirement and made him don his cape one last time.
Apropos ending of a great trilogy. I’m sure I would have liked it more if I had not been spoiled by one post from ScreenRant detailing what comic books ‘could have’ inspired the movie. IMAX viewing would have produced a greater impact on the action sequences too. I can’t find a criticism.
The theme from TDK about lying to inspire hope and justice among the Gotham populace is brought back to TDKR with Bane labeling the big concealment as a form of corruption. The argument regarding it is up for discussion whether it is for the betterment of Gotham or not, I, myself can’t decide on the matter. Even Alfred, who had Rachel’s letter burned had to confess to Bruce about what he did and the ramifications of these lies, both Alfred’s, and Batman’s and Commissioner Gordon’s are really not the centerpiece but the act of lying. The movie did not feature anything that would have made any difference now that the truths are out, thus I believe the movie upholds its stand that the truth, at times, can be overrated. Sure, Bruce and Alfred parted ways but it wasn’t because of what Rachel said. It’s because Alfred hid the letter. And as far as I know, nothing happened out of knowing what Dent did and nobody cursed Dent afterwards, his reputation only got tarnished as a result (and it can be argued that Dent after burning half of his face went mad and so those final moments of his life should not be held against him). Last, even the ending captured the essence of the theme, that it is okay to not disclose the full truth regarding the “death” of Batman. His death although not reported nor verified were observed by the people he worked with, (noting here the gravestone and the celebration of the legacy he left, that’s why the statue was erected). All in all the storyline holds, it actually made full circle and brought back faces familiar from the past and maybe I was spoiled that’s why the revelations had a lesser impact. Still, I believe this is the best way to end the dark knight trilogy. So, kudos to Nolan and I would sure be lining up on his next projects.
Runtime: 2hrs 45 (IMDb)