By: Amy Lutz

First off, for those of you who have not yet seen what is perhaps the biggest movie of the year The Dark Knight Rises , stop here. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Now that that’s out of the way…

This film is certainly a fitting end to what many consider one of the best superhero series of all time. It is a creative blend of heart-pounding action and tender emotional content. The film opens 8 years after The Dark Knight ended. Since the untimely death of Harvey Dent, otherwise know as Two-Face, Batman has hung up his cape and Bruce Wayne has gone into seclusion. Batman took blame for Dent’s death even though he was in fact saved Gotham from Dent’s potential reign of terror and The Joker’s antics. Soon enough, however, he is called back into action as Gotham City faces its most dangerous threat yet.

In The Dark Knight Rises , Batman comes at odds with the villain Bane, who, it turns out, is basically the Occupy movement incarnate. He praises anarchy while encouraging “The People” to reclaim Gotham City for themselves. The rich, including Bruce Wayne himself, are demonized by Bane and his cronies and blamed for the increasing chaos in the fictionalized metropolis. Sound familiar? The conservative themes are heavy and less than subtle in The Dark Knight Rises . The villains are anarchist “Occupiers” while the hero is a sympathetic billionaire who uses his wealth to help out his fellow citizens. I couldn’t help giggling with glee when Batman looked at the camera and said “War,” echoing the popular phrase of late blogger Andrew Breitbart. Those on the left who claimed that the villain “Bane” was a symbol of Mitt Romneny’s company “Bain” obviously spoke too soon. The Dark Knight Rises is a conservative film through and through.

As the name implies, this film certainly became rather dark at points. The hopelessness residents of Gotham felt at the hands of Bane was palpable. The Dark Knight Rises is violent throughout, but not overwhelmingly graphic. It’s certainly not a film I would recommend showing to a 10-year-old. However, the violence is appropriate for the movie’s plot and doesn’t take away from the heart-wrenching emotions and inspiring theme.

Overall, I would give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars. I hesitate to give it 5 out of 5 because no film is perfect (however, this one does come close). It is no doubt the best film of the trilogy. I was certainly in love with the film’s conservative message, but what really struck me was the heavy symbolism. The Dark Knight Rises is not about Batman. It’s really not about Bruce Wayne either. Batman is not a man, he’s a symbol. As Bruce Wayne himself said, he is whatever Gotham needed him to be. In The Dark Knight Rises, the people needed hope and a symbol of unity. When that figure is unreliable, everything descends into chaos. With the political and cultural chaos all around us, perhaps we need a few more “Batmans” in our world today.

Originally posted at Lean Reviews



09/10/2012 8:22am

I really enjoyed DKR but it wasnt as good as DK in my opinion. It had some really cool plot points and some very poor ones. It had masterful acting all around and good special effects. I was highly predictable though and the downfall of Bane was anti-climatic to the Bane Batman showdown.

The Joker made Dark Knight a very original film and an extremly intriguing character. Again I enjoyed DKR and though I am in the very small majority on this I give DKR 3/5 Stars (Great but coulda waited for the dvd).

04/26/2013 2:28am

‘The Dark Night Rises’ is one of my favorite movies. I think, this is the best movie from the Bat Man series. The technology and stunts that is used and performed in the movie is awesome. Thank you for the movie review.

04/29/2013 6:42am

Its a really fun movie and I had to add the trilogy to my Dvd Super Hero collection. I kinda wish it was done a little diffrently but thats the super hero nerd in me. So for as much criticism I have given it I still really enjoy it.

05/04/2013 11:36am

Best movie of this series range! Wish there would be more updates soon!


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