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: Nadia Kurnia Hapsari


: XII Science 2/22


REVIEW TEXT Name : Nadia Kurnia Hapsari Class : XII Science 2/22 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The series of Batman has always been the number one for

me. I absolutely love its comic and the two previous films, Batman

Begins and The Dark Knight. Especially because the handsome

Christian Bale played as Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman.

The Dark Knight Rises is the most entertaining of Christopher

Nolan’s Batfilms, and it is certainly the best. Is it not bad at all? I’m

not quite sure. The whole movie feels like a series of

contradictions. It has a long duration yet rushed, deeply serious yet

utterly silly, politically minded yet ultimately flat. But, those

reasons make this movie wildly entertaining.

The film picks up eight years after the death of Harvey Dent

at the end of The Dark Knight. Batman was never again seen after

that night, and Bruce Wayne has become a hermit as well. In the

wake of Dent’s death Gotham City apparently cleaned up its act

instantly, and organized crime is a thing of the past. Gordon is now

commissioner, but he’s seen as a relic, a war hero in a time of


Trouble arises when a mercenary named Bane˗˗played by

Tom Hardy, big guy, bald, relying on a respirator mask to keep him

alive˗˗has come to Gotham, and he’s building an army beneath the

streets in the gutter. Meanwhile, someone has hired a cat burglar

Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) to steal Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints.

Perhaps there’s a connection of some sort between these events.

Fascinated by Selina’s skill, Bruce slowly walks out of his

retirement. His body has been worn down by his adventures (he

walks with a cane), but he forces himself into shape to investigate

the cat burglar and Bane.

The first hour of the film is light and easy to digest. There are

actual comedic scenes, and it’s engaging to see Bruce Wayne pull

himself together from his utterly out-of-character majority-of-a-

decade slump. And as Bane’s weird and complicated plan comes

into focus it seems as if Nolan has finally embraced the comic book

origins of the character. Or at least attempted to fold them into a

genre idiom he understands.

The movie then goes on from its lightness into a dark

themed movie when Wayne finally comes out of his shell and

shows Gotham his new rides. Throughout the film Bane speaks out

to the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight Rises includes absolutely

not one single average citizen. The closest it gets are a bunch of

orphans who hang around cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

There’s one line of dialogue that indicates some homeless have

been joining Bane’s army, but the film casts them simply as

criminals. Perhaps this is Nolan’s intention, to say that the

underclass is naturally criminal and that the middle class are a

bunch of helpless orphans.

The film does have great performances going for it. Bale’s

Bruce Wayne is nicely essayed, and since Wayne is in the film as

much, if not more than Batman, that’s a relief. He still has that

stupid voice as Batman, but at this point you figure they feel

committed to it. Anne Hathaway is probably the , bringing life to

her every scene. Catwoman is in no way as good as the Joker, but

she has the same electrifying impact on this film that Heath Ledger

did in the last one.

Tom Hardy is criminally wasted in the film. Bane is a dud;

driven by the exact same motivation as R’as al Ghul, he feels like a

repeat, except with a genius plan. Hardy works hard to act behind

that idiotic mask, but it’s no use. There’s a moment towards the

end, in one of the film’s too many flashbacks, where we see

Hardy’s full face and we’re reminded of what a powerful figure he

is on screen when allowed to be completely seen.


As the movie wrapped up with five final minutes that play

out exactly like Superhero Hype forum fanfic, I wasn’t hating it. I

hadn’t been squirming in my seat. I thought a lot of it was dumb, I

laughed at things that probably weren’t meant to be laughed at,

and I experienced a few moments of deflation when I realized the

movie had nothing to actually say. But I had also been caught up in

it, even when it didn’t quite work or make much sense. I liked that

Nolan went a little broader, even if that broadness occasionally

clashed with his efforts to be ‘realistic.’











disappointed by the way Batman Begins turned out, and after really

enjoying most of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises is really a

blow for me. Not only by the actors playing it but also by its

unthinkable plot, and in the end it’s a big shrug because every

legend has an end.