The movie begins 8 years after the events of the last movie. Gotham is at a time of peace. However, a new evil force named Bane has arrived in Gotham and aims to take over the city and expose the truth behind who Harvey Dent really was. Now that Wayne Manor has been completely rebuilt, Bruce Wayne has become almost reclusive, rarely leaving the estate and can barely walk. And with Bane taking over the city by force, it forces Batman to come out of retirement. But he has almost no allies. An elusive jewel thief by the name of Selina Kyle could be the key to stopping Bane, but whose side is she on?
Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to this trilogy is so satisfying. Tom Hardy steps in as the genius mercenary Bane, who is slightly bigger, stronger and smarter than Batman, making him a challenge best suited for the grand finale. The Joker works best as Batman’s arch-nemesis since they are polar opposites, Two-Face works best as Batman’s most tragic enemy because he is very much like Bruce Wayne and Bane works best as Batman’s most challenging villain because of his physical and mental superiority. Nolan carefully chose all his villains main villains in the trilogy and executed them perfectly. Christian Bale performance as a desperate, broken Batman is great, might be my favorite performance of him as Batman in the whole trilogy, Tom Hardy delivers a menacing performance as Bane, Anne Hathaway is given a great backstory and redemption arc as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, it’s also always nice to see Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman as Lucius Fox and Commissioner Gordon, but for me Michael Caine delivers the most memorable and touching performance of the entire movie. A great conclusion to a great trilogy.
I had issues with this movie, though. I didn’t really like Marion Cotillard’s and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s characters and performances in this movie. Nothing about them worked for me, honestly. The ending didn’t really work for me either. 8/10*
Director: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Bob Kane, David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard
Runtime: 164 minutes