First of all, I would like to say that I am not about to praise TDKR to the heavens. Left to me, it was a good way to end a trilogy, but as much as I loved the movie, I must say that there were a few plot-holes that existed. A few people watched the movie for its action and just rush and praise it blindly like a bunch of woodlice scurrying after a swab of damp tissue. But on the other hand, most of the negative critics that I have encountered criticize the movie for its dark and unfunny plot like they would prefer the Batman grappling through the fields with Julie Andrews in Sound of Music. I would like to assess each character individually.
Firstly, Bruce Wayne was portrayed just the way I liked it, an intelligently and physically fit martial arts fellow who had been out of the game for too long and returns in an off-beat form that requires remolding. Bruce Wayne feels like he should bask behind the doors of the Wayne Manor in an ambiance of indifference. Due to Alfred’s melancholy and the city’s state of disorder, he decides to retake his role as the caped crusader known as the Batman. He also needed help as his current foe, Bane was mentally and physically superior in which he was broken in more ways than one and I am not only talking about his spine, hence the term he broke the Bat.
Alfred, on the other hand is melancholic and distraught with Bruce’s willingness to remain in the dark and not move on with his life. A lot of people complain about the rather disheartening character of Alfred, forgetting the fact that he had previously served Bruce since he was a kid and it hurt him to see him waste his life away. People refer to the end of TDKR where Alfred witnesses Bruce and Selina Kyle at the cafe in Italy as weak, that they would prefer an end similar to Inception where the top spins indefinitely, but I must say if the film shows Alfred face smiling and then skips, we would all still know that Bruce Wayne was still alive, there is no two sides to the coin theory here and i mean he is the Batman(hoarse voice) although it would have been cooler if his face wasn’t shown. Looking at the scene where Alfred leaves the Wayne Manor, people should realize that he did not abandon Bruce permanently without return, he just left in order to prove his point.
Bane, a very controversial villain played by Tom Hardy(This Means War), honestly I did not expect him to be one of the antagonists, I was thinking of either the Riddler or the Penguin. I must say the new Bane was truly noteworthy as he proved thus by beating the Barman in a fair one on one battle and was much more acceptable compared to the comical and senseless Bane from The Batman and Robin, and to serve the purpose of a dark atmosphere like TDKR, I think it was better to scrap the comical Bane and come up with something much more serious. The only thing I actually miss from Bane would be his Mexican accent.
Selina Kyle AKA The Catwoman which was played by Anne Hathaway was a surprising impressive character, although still retaining her initial story plot, she had a very fascinating role and despite my recent disappointment in Anne Hathaway, I must say I was greatly entertained.
John Blake, a regular city cop turned detective in a day( those are hard to come by nowadays), Blake was an interesting addition, growing up wanting to be like Batman and eventually helping The Batman. It must have been a very great honor to him, I am sure a lot of us would like to work beside our fictional heroes……………oh wait they are fictional so they don’t exist(sorry). In addition, some people criticized the film because when Batman told Blake to evacuate Gotham, he rounded up the orphans first…………………THEY WERE ORPHANS AND HE IS ALSO AN ORPHAN, DON’T THEY ALL SEE THE CORRELATION. And besides he was not done evacuating, he was going to continue if the a**hole at the barricade hadn’t blown up the bridge.
Enough of pros, it is time I faced a con despite my love for the movie. Firstly I do not understand how Bruce Wayne got into Gotham after escaping the pits. I guess he either walked the ice meticulously or he is as we all know the BATMAN and so must have come with a pair of Jesus shoes.
As for Commissioner Gordon, although predictable, was no longer the shining star but rather a pawn in Christopher Nolan’s darker plot for the third installment. His ambivalent attempt to conceal the truth about Harvey Dent affected the psychological mettle of the occupants of Gotham City. Then he decided to reach deep into himself and correct all wrongs which could be proven from John Blake’s scolding of him.
Miranda Tate AKA Talia al Ghul was an unprecedented twist to the story, there was no way I could have actually guessed that she was evil despite the cliche story line of various Batman franchises where we discover that Ra’s al Ghul was often the initial mastermind e.g. Batman : Arkham City. Her involvement as the unknown antagonist was really impressive. Which led us to realize that Bane was just a pawn, a big bald and masked pawn.
At this juncture, I must say these are the priorities of TDKR that I could figure after all I’m only human and I may have skipped some other stuffs. Feel free to comment, as everyone as his or her own opinion. In a nutshell, I believe the time I spent watching this movie is the best two and a half hours that I have ever expended on a film.
Finally, the major premise of the movie reveals that Bruce faced several conflicting issues from who to trust and who he really was. These are clearly elaborated in the ass whooping that was delivered to him by Bane to Miranda Tate’s betrayal. Despite this issues, Bruce still overcomes them and emerges a new and transformed being, hence the movie title. Clearly Christopher Nolan assessed the deeper and darker aspect of the Batman and exposed it to show that he is clearly human who is capable of facing everyday adversaries.