Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Matthew Modine, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy. 164 min. Rated PG-13. USA/UK. Action/Drama.
How can the finale to the great Nolan's Batman trilogy be watched, without having high expectations created by 2008's The Dark Knight? How could Bane, the movie's cool villain, ever upstage the Joker's powerful presence from the last? So be fair; watch Dark Knight Rises in its own context. Opening with a well-crafted slow rhythm, it makes thought-provoking jabs at the Occupy Wall Street movement, and ends in an incredible climax. Ann Hathaway surprises as Catwoman, and even though Nolan has bid the series farewell, he's kind enough to provide a Robin for future installments. What huge shoes to fill.
PS #1: Comic Book Girl 19 rounds it up pretty well.
PS #2: Watch for a cameo by the Scarecrow, the villain of Batman Begins (2005)!