Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Dark Knight Rises: Movie Review

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Dark Knight Rises: Movie Review

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The movie's ambitions aren't matched by its material.

"The Dark Knight Rises" doesn't really rise to the occasion. This concluding movie in the "Batman" trilogy isn't just dark, it's pitch black. Director Christopher Nolan has literally gone over to the dark side.

Of course, "The Dark Knight," which I admired, was similarly hued; but that film had a grandeur, a tragic sense, that "Rises" lacks. It also had Heath Ledger's Joker, whereas "Rises" has as Batman's chief nemesis a brawny mercenary named Bane, played by Tom Hardy in a face mask with a breathing device conveniently attached. Please note: That's spelled B-a-n-e, not B-a-i-n.

One of the reasons why nemeses are so important in the "Batman" series is because Batman himself, at least as played by Christian Bale, is not terribly galvanizing. In "Rises," which begins eight years after "The Dark Knight," Batman is no longer around and Bruce Wayne is in seclusion. Gotham City is relatively crime-free, although all that is about to change when Bane hulks onto the scene. …

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