TIME’s Review of The Dark Knight Rises: To the Depths, to the Heights

L. A. Knifton:

A wonderful, thoughtful and exciting review of the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Be warned, there are a few spoilers in this review (but they’re only tiny ones – if you’ve read the comics (or seen the internet in the past week) then you won’t be too surprised).

Originally posted on Entertainment:

(Warning: mild spoilers throughout — though the film has enough big surprises that you need not worry.)

A gang of thugs has just looted the Gotham City Stock Exchange and crashed out on motorcycles, hostages in tow. The police are helpless as they pursue the miscreants into a tunnel. Suddenly, the tunnel goes dark. A familiar vehicle with monster-truck wheels, driven by a man in black cape and cowl, has joined the chase. Batman is back. An older cop observes the action, smiles and says to a rookie, “Boy, you’re in for a show tonight, son.”

The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR), Christopher Nolan’s mesmerizing climax to his trilogy reboot of the DC Comics character, is a show, all right. But not in the way of the standard summer action fantasy. Although his movie contains elaborate fights, stunts, chases and war toys, and though the director dresses half his…

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