Saturday, 22 December 2012
DVD Review: The Dark Knight Rises (Batman)
This DVD will be top of many a male Christmas list, and we were lucky enough to be sent a copy by our own Father Christmas, a.k.a. Warner Bros. Steve was absolutely delighted and it was straight in the DVD player! Since having small people we don't get to the cinema any more, and he has a continual wish list in mind, this latest instalment of the Batman trilogy was top of that list.
Following on from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Christian Bale's third outing as the Caped Crusader sees Batman in disgrace, broken and in hiding, having taken the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent eight years previously. With the arrival of a new adversary, ruthless madman Bane, played by another much-acclaimed British actor Tom Hardy, and a plot to raze Gotham to the ground once again, Batman is forced out of his self-imposed exile.
Aided and abetted by a cunning cat burglar and a young cop, Batman must fight to save Gotham City and himself, in his ultimate battle. But will he live to fight another day? What does the future hold for any of the charaacters? And just who is the young cop? You'll have to watch the movie to find out!
With the wonderful Christian Bale (I grew up on Empire of the Sun!), Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman all reprising their roles, this film would have to be a complete disaster to fail in my eyes. And with several 5 star reviews and quotes of "awesome" and "brilliant" on the cover, we expected much. This film really did not disappoint, on the gadget/car front; the action; the plot; or the acting. We both really enjoyed it, although one question remains - after its demise in The Dark Knight, how was Wayne Manor re-built so perfectly?!
All in all a great, action-packed film with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing literally to the very end. A very good plot, well-executed, and a definite 8 out of 10 from me; 10 out of 10 from Steve. Definitely a must for the Christmas stocking though!!
NB: The official certificate is a 12, but I do find these films quite dark, so I would probably leave it to 14 year olds and up personally.