Last night was date night! Out to dinner and to the movies to see The Dark Knight Rises. I’m humming the Batman song here! But now that I think of it, they changed the music in the film. Probably to heighten the drama, and there’s plenty of that.
The film, now eight years later, picks up where the last one left off. There’s a rally praising the deceased Harvey Dent, Gotham’s district attorney who has now been labeled as Gotham’s hero because he inspired the Dent Act and stole the limelight from Batman who did actually save the city. But our noble caped crusader won’t reveal that to Gotham City.
It begins with a group of thugs creating all kinds of havoc in the Gotham City Stock Exchange. The police are virtually helpless but they follow the perpetrators into a tunnel, which suddenly goes dark. And that’s when we suddenly realize this was the plan to begin with. When a huge vehicle crashes into the wall the rocks seal them inside with no way out. Lights, camera, action—the stage is set.
At this point, Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale, is retired. He’s limping and using a cane to get around and looking morose. He even looks bad, still in his PJs and a goatee on his chin. He’s angered Miranda Tate, a board member at Wayne Industries because he’s tabled an important project that is viewed as the world’s best chance for its future. But that doesn’t seem to matter to him right now.
Batman may be in mothballs but the bad evildoers aren’t. And the force of evil is Bane. Man, this dude is scary, both in appearance and actions. He’s wearing a mask over half his face and looks like Hannibal Lector but sounds like Darth Vader. He’s wearing this mask due to a horrific accident that left him virtually faceless. You might want to see it before you allow the kiddies to see the movie.
Enter Cat Woman, Anne Hathaway. She’s a maid at a function held at Bruce’s house and sneaks off to Bruce’s bedroom and cracks open his safe—the safe that is supposedly uncrackable. Later, she flaunts the pearl necklace by wearing them in front of Bruce. He confronts her, but doesn’t seem all that angry about it. I think he’s more amazed that she was able to crack the safe. We later find out that she’s really there to obtain his fingerprints to set him up as the fall guy for the Stock Exchange Massacre.
Now that all the characters are introduced, we see that Batman is ready to revive himself out of his self-inflicted stupor. Alfred, his trusted servant has told him he will not work for him anymore if he goes back to fighting evil. They both live up to their threats.
And so it goes, the chase begins. Lots of fighting, a new Bat mobile, new characters and lots of grief in Gotham City. But does Batman survive the atom bomb that’s scheduled to go off? As always, his life hangs in the balance when he tows the bomb that’s due to go off out to sea. We watch as the caped crusader fades into the distance until we see it blow up and we know Batman is gone forever. But is he? Is that how they’re going to close out the last Batman movie? You’ll have to go to the movies to find out.