Review: The Dark Knight Rises
By Heather Mason
This weekend you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing something about Christopher Nolan’s big end to The Dark Knight Trilogy. Whether the tragedy in Colorado, box office speculation or spoiler-avoiding articles on the internet, The Dark Knight Rises bombarded the media. I work at a movie theater and spent the majority of the weekend trying to avoid spoilers left and right until I could see the film, which I now have twice.
Something that never ceases to amaze me with Nolan’s Batman is just how dark it can be in every sense of the word. A huge section of the movie takes place at night or in the sewers which it’s just physically dark. Add in the ability of Batman to cut the lights whenever he feels the need and it’s truly a dark film. The interesting thing is how deceptive darkness can be. Bane mentions this when fighting Batman saying that he was “born in darkness” while Batman simply “adopted” it later. The difficultly being how to tell which characters are good and which are evil. Bane’s goal is to “liberate” the people of Gotham from James Gordon, the chief of Police, who has been lying to the people for years. Of course his lies were meant for the good of the people but lies all the same. Where is darkness and where is the light? Which side is which?
An obvious theme in the film is rich vs. poor. Not only does Selina Kyle steal from the wealthy but Bane punishes the rich and powerful above everyone else once he’s taken over the city. Is this representative of what can happen when the rich get increasingly rich and the poor get fed-up? We’ve seen similar small scale versions of this in the real world. But what was Bane’s true motivation? By the end it seemed that he wanted to protect Talia over “liberating” Gotham. Easy to see shades of grey in this film.
The beauty of this film is that you can see in it what you want. The Dark Knight Rises manages to not only be well acted, written and directed but also a little inspiring. After all, Batman is merely a symbol. The real meaning of the symbol is to say that anyone could be Batman. Anyone can be a hero. I think that if nothing else was learned this weekend, we all learned that.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars