*Disclaimer: I wrote this years ago, and a lot of my perspectives have changed—so don’t take this too seriously. If you want to know how thinking about these topics can evolve, feel free to get in touch.*
One of my favorite film trilogies is Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of the Batman story. “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” and the new “The Dark Knight Rises” tell a compelling tale with such quality production.
People who know me realize that I have rather high expectations for film because of the great power films have in telling stories. I recently attended the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment in Nolan’s telling of Batman saga. Here’s what I thought:
11 Things I Love About “The Dark Knight Rises”
- The new Batman trilogy does an amazing job of begging the questions of justice, morality, and greater good.
- The film avoids a cliche superhero beginning; it starts with a grieving, ashamed protagonist who can’t let go of the failures of his past. It maintains a very human element of the story that viewers can connect with.
- Bane is a foreboding villain with a beastly body, foundational understanding of the human psyche, and a dark backstory.
- The Bat, the EMP gun, and more Tumblers. Enough said (I’m still a young, nerdy child at heart).
- The Batman story is so compelling when brought to life with great actors, solid writing, and constant escalation of what’s at stake.
- Hans Zimmer provides another perfect score for the film. I’ve listened to these soundtracks on repeat for the past week.
- It reflects the gravity of human depravity: our proclivity to take, to seize power, to control the world around us, despite what it does to other people.
- The story speaks of second chances, forgiveness, and trust.
- It introduces four new major characters, but develops each of them and their backstories very well.
- “The Dark Knight Rises” forecasts what our society would look like without order, accountability, or true freedom.
- It contrasts great darkness against greater hope.
What did you like about “The Dark Knight Rises”?