The Dark Knight Rises [2012]

The Dark Knight RisesHad the character Robin been included in this film, Christian Bale said he would have refused to star in it. Sorry Chris O’Donnell!


Film #062 of 2013

The Dark Knight RisesDirector: Christopher Nolan  Cast: Christian Bale [Batman], Gary Oldman [Gordon] & Tom Hardy [Bane]

Plot: Eight years on, a new evil rises from where the Batman and Commissioner Gordon tried to bury it, causing the Batman to resurface and fight to protect Gotham City…the very city which brands him an enemy. Source


 Hipster Review: The Dark Knight Rises, the blockbuster finale to the most cultivated superhero trilogy of all time does not disappoint in the least…Christopher Nolan has accomplished cinematic miracles with the Batman franchise by getting the most out of his talented cast and producing some of the darkest villains to ever appear on screen. Re-watched March 2nd, 2013.

The Dark Knight Rises


“Calm down, Doctor! Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.” Bane



  • The soft purr of Anne Hathaway
  • Banes mask, voice and all around mental and physical prowess is quite intimidating
  • The Tumbler (a hybrid Humvee & Lamborghini) and the Bat-pod driven by Selena & Batman
  • Christian Bale proves he’s the best to ever put on the Vigilante suit
  • The Football Stadium

Biggest Surprise: Inception’s reunited cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine.

Biggest Let Down: Not available in 3D, but that may be a positive thing.

Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? Who Batgirl? He wishes.

Worth a Blu-ray purchase? Already purchased and viewed it three times, it’s bat’ilicious.

Similar to: The Dark Knight [2008], Batman Begins [2005].

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next my fellow vigilantes, Chris

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Posted on March 12, 2013, in 2012, Movies watched in 2013 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. I totally read that quote in Bane’s voice! Great review!

  2. My favorite film of 2012 and one of the few films I score a 5/5

  3. Good review! It is definitely a very good finale but I still think The Dark Knight is better. I gave it 4/5 back then.

  4. If you have been following me for a time my love of TDKR will not have gone unnoticed. Perhaps not in 3D but didn’t need it as imax is a far better experience which I first watched this in, it was incredible. Glad we have another TDKR fan!

  5. I enjoyed TDKR but it’s gone down in my estimations ever since. I thought the ending was incredibly flawed and there were too many gaping plot holes. Maybe I should watch it again at some point. I did love Bane as a villain though and Hathaway, well, just hell yeah!

  6. Am I the only one who’s not obsessed with Dark Knight trilogy? :)

  7. Yes, yes, yes! This was my favorite film of 2012!

  8. Yes…great review. I totally agree. This is one of those rare films that is able to live up to the hype.

    btw…Have you ever seen director Christopher Nolan’s earlier release called ‘Memento’ starring Guy Pearce? It’s one of my favorite movies OF ALL TIMES!

  9. Such a great film, glad you loved it as much as I did! While The Dark Knight is still the best of the three, I thought TDKR tied up all the loose ends and was the perfect conclusion for the trilogy. :)

    • It was. I just couldn’t believe Nolan was able to match the power of The Dark Knight with his finale, but he did it. Just shows you how good of a director he really is. It’s no as good as The Dark Knight but very close.

  10. Great fil, great review! I thought it was a great ending to the trilogy, good to hear you liked it as much as I did!

  11. Ugggggggggggghhhhhhhh blllllllllllluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  12. Nice write up, Chris!

  13. Nahhhhh… there are genuine issues with this movie. I dont like it as much as most people, but even if I did, I’d like to think that I’d recognize some of its shortcomings. 90% seems more reasonable for a big fan. Personally I have it at like 85 even. 8O

  14. Good review. It’s a very long flick, but I could have honestly gone on longer. There was so many moments of pure epicness (I know it’s not a word, just stay with me here) and total entertainment, that I couldn’t help but keep my eyes glued to the screen at all times, regardless of what was going on with the story.

  15. I enjoyed the film but can’t give it anything close to 100% – it was a decent end to the trilogy but was flawed and needed an edit in my opinion.
    ‘The soft purr of Anne Hathaway’ was absolutely a highlight – I can agree with you there!

  16. Honestly, I found this to be the weakest of the three Nolan Batman films.

  17. Woah Chris, you really went for this one, huh?

    This film has its moments, but I thought that so much of the goodness is undone by the out-and-out franchise serving ending that I found quite insulting.

    Having spent around three hours building up the whole “is batman gonna die this time” thing, Nolan (or D.C. Comics as i suspect) completely let all the air out of this picture. There was great potential in maybe just showing the Michael Caine Vienna (i think) scene where he catches a glimpse of Bruce Wayne, an open ending to provoke the masses.

    Instead we get a drawn out, painful cornball ending that doesn’t suit the tone of the film, as well as lines like: “You should use your real name….. Robin.” Please! that’s just plain bad.

    I’ve always agreed with the statement that a “great” movie should have at least three great scenes and no bad ones. Under that thinking I think this film is a long way off being considered a great film, even within its genre.

    Definitely understand that there is a lot to like here for fans of the genre, but 100!?!? Nooooooooooooo!!!!!

    *erases review from memory, I still agree with filmhipster 100% of the time.*

    • I went for it man!!!! And it’s ok, just walk backwards slowly while whistling and I’ll pray you’ll forgive me and come back tomorrow! lol

      I didn’t mind the ending so much and I liked how Robin is revealed (even though everyone saw that coming).

  18. You sure do think a lot of films are perfect :) 70-80 for me :P

  19. I think I’m the only person on the planet not to have seen this yet. I own it but I just have never been in the mood for watching it. I think this is also the first 100% I’ve noticed from you Chris. Nicely done sir.

  20. I think Bane is the most quoted character of 2012 :D

  21. I’m so glad to see how much you loved this film. A fitting end to one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Yes the original Star Wars and LOTR are in there too.

    P.S. Good heavens! This review hasn’t even been up a day and you’ve already got 58 comments. Yes I know some are yours, but still that is impressive!

    • Thanks Mark, it seems The Dark Knight brings in a lot of comments. Some who love the film but a lot that didn’t care for it much.

      More of a separation than I expected.

  22. I love this one but not exactly a perfect film for me, in fact the giant plot holes are perhaps bigger than that one in the football stadium, ahah. That said, it’s very enjoyable indeed and all the cast are great, I was even won over by Hathaway despite my initial quibble. Ahah, good for Bale for refusing to star in it when Robin’s involved, he’s a wise man :D

  23. Great review, I’m so happy to see that both this and Skyfall got 100% from you since they were both in my top movies of the year for 2012. Now I’m seriously having a hankering to do a marathon of the trilogy, lol

  24. Nice to read so much positivity in the review & comments. For a time it felt like all I was seeing were mediocre to negative reactions.

    I don’t think it’s a perfect film — the supposed plot holes get over-emphasised by some people (how does he get from country-with-the-pit to Gotham? Pretty sure a former billionaire with a global company and a secret cave full of very expensive toys has his ways!), but it has a few other problems for me. I’d still give it 90-95% though… which comes to 5/5 on my scoring system, so it’s all good!

  25. I know that The Dark Knight Rises split opinion but I couldn’t agree more with your review. I absolutely loved it! I already had a tough time trying to name a favourite from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and it’s made an even tougher choice with The Dark Knight Rises included… but that’s only a good thing!

    • Agreed, I loved it and surprised with the negativity towards it. Surer there may be a few holes but I can ignore that. I would say DKR would be my second favorite to DK.

  26. Awesome to see such high rating, it’s my absolute favorite from last year and my all time favorite Batman film. That ending! <3

  27. It’s nowhere near as good as the first two films, sadly. For me, an enjoyable but somewhat disappointing end to Nolan’s bat trilogy.

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