Movie – The Dark Knight Rises [REVIEW] – The Legend Ends

IMDB Rating: 8,4/10
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan NolanChristopher Nolan
Stars: Christian BaleTom HardyAnne Hathaway


Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy is one of the best trilogies I’ve ever seen. Comparing it to The Godfather or Lord Of The Rings is really a foolish idea because the two trilogies are differently. The Dark Knight Rises is one of the final series in The Dark Knight trilogy which has conclusions that combine the two previous series. It’s not that great by the way but there are some magic feelings that Nolan created in the three series of The Dark Knight. The story is one of the iconic, the script and the performance is way beyond too far. Heath Ledger is indeed one of the best actors who managed to portray one of the iconic Joker characters but Tom Hardy comes with a variety of uniqueness, as well as Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

“The Dark Knight Rises,” tells after the events of The Dark Knight where Batman (Christian Bale) is accused of killing Dent and making his reputation fall. Batman felt compelled to participate in assisting the city in overcoming Bane’s (Tom Hardy) plan to seize control of the city and destroy it.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Although there are some people who still got stuck because of The Dark Knight, this time to move on from there. I know there are many memorable scenes in any aspect and I admit The Dark Knight is one of the greatest superhero movies I’ve ever seen. Some people also say that The Dark Knight Rises is just one overhyped movie just because of the great success of The Dark Knight. But, I think at least not like that. Christopher Nolan makes this trilogy as realistic as possible, from taking the background, sympathy between characters, and scenarios. As I watch one of Marvel’s movies, I think almost everything has the same story from the beginning to the end. In addition, I also realize that the story always has a pattern ranging from Iron Man to Avengers: Infinity War. I mean, I also sometimes like Marvel because it serves some good humor and action. However, there is a big difference when distinguishing it from this trilogy. Christopher Nolan always presents something that flickers so I just think twice about whether this is a superhero movie or not. As we know, these three trilogies are like The Godfather trilogy: there is an introduction, rises, and fall. In The Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan turned it a little bit into introductions, fall, and rises. This storytelling style also better describes a more vivid character that sometimes has a sympathetic element for viewers. If in The Dark Knight about Batman psychology of how he controls his morale and emotions, The Dark Knight Rises is more into physical testing against Bane. The Gotham city background is also more evident and different from the previous series. We are like losing something in the city and we need that. The chaotic theme which it created by Bane is also more clear, in contrast to the Joker who controls Gotham city in a way that Bane has his way. The Dark Knight Rises shows a tragedy of how a city is in terror for days. However, my minor problem in here is the city that feels like nothing happened so it’s like going through normal days.

Christian Bale and Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Bane is one of the characters that are not too comical and more realistically for a villain character. Bane is more of a terrorist character who performs his action using physical as well as intimidating his opponent. My funny part about him is that he also has a satirical nature where I often see him intimidating someone even Batman though. In addition, Bane is also a character that has the background and unlike Joker that has a mysterious nature. I think Bane is also one of the villain characters who have emotions like Bruce Wayne’s past behind the mask. Behind all that, Bane wouldn’t have felt more alive if not Tom Hardy. I often see some of his actings just by his eyes, he can create a gimmick and gesture intense to look at. In Dunkirk and Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy seems to be able to show his emotions just from his gaze as there is no fear at all. Christian Bale reduced his tone a little bit more, though he also great. His character remains like The Dark Knight and he is also just as great as Tom Hardy whose competed acting. Michael Caine as always great in The Dark Knight trilogy, Anne Hathaway with a sexy character but her character doesn’t have a background, Gary Oldman is also like that although almost all his scenario is covered, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the best sidekick for Batman. As usual, also, Christopher Nolan brought Hans Zimmer who became a compliment in presenting scene after scene became tense and goosebumps. Christopher Nolan is also good at presenting a story from someone who succeeded to control the city until the rises of Batman for not reputation but for himself and Gotham. Christopher Nolan knows how to make conclusions from the two previous series into a very epic trilogy I’ve ever seen.


Overall, The Dark Knight Rises is one of the best movies in giving a conclusion in this trilogy. Christopher Nolan outlines all the stories with the various references that exist in both previous series. Not to mention, the actors and actresses who performed with great performances, especially Tom Hardy and Christian Bale. I more prefer Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this movie although he was also first introduced in this series. Some part, still vague. Hans Zimmer with his score always builds a tension between the scene and this is also the last movie by Christopher Nolan that I’ve watched. I hope, he is still making the film in the future after Dunkirk and always present a story with his truly brilliant mind.

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4 thoughts on “Movie – The Dark Knight Rises [REVIEW] – The Legend Ends

  1. It really is an amazing trilogy. The skyjacking of the plane at the beginning of TDKR is one of the most awesome and original sequences I’ve ever seen. I can’t think of another film where they didn’t just raid the plane midair, but took the fuselage with them too! I remember my jaw dropped when I saw that scene for the first time.

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    1. Yes, TDK trilogy is one of the best trilogies I’ve ever seen. The first scene makes me want to goosebump too. It’s really intense that there’s a person want to hijack a plane in the midair. You can see totally Tom Hardy’s eyes as Bane where he has no fear at all when doing a scene. Thank you. 🙂

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