Dark Knight rises has had a very strong fan following ever since the release of Batman Begins (2005) and the Dark Knight (2008). Therefore, it was not surprising to find the excited and anxious crowd in a very huge number. The crowd had already set the mood of the film as they cheered and roared with excitement to watch the film, thanks to the trailers that had filled the crowd with a lot of hope for this film.
Usually the best seat to have in a theatre is in the middle of the theatre and in the centre. So that it is not much elevated or has a side perspective of the film. All this said, I was not very lucky to get the seat in the extreme centre, but I did manage to get four seats away from the centre (middle row). The view was not bad so I had quite an experience watching the film. In addition, the traditions of the theatre and movie watching experience had to be kept alive; I bough a bag of pop corns and a drink to sit through the film. The crowd that was so energetic before entering the theatre, had become a lot anxious, and decided to watch the film with full concentration, so they kept quite in the beginning, at least until the title of the film showed up when the crowd started cheering and hooting! That showed the excitement that Christopher Nolan had started to build right from the start (Cox and Greg, pg. 23).
Christopher Nolan has had a history of making the epic films in his history such as Inception, Memento, Batman Begins and the Dark Knight. When I saw the first trailer of this film, I knew that I had to watch it the very first day of release. Christopher Nolan has a very peculiar style of making films. Unlike all other superhero films that we have seen in the past focus on the strength of the villain and hero, instead of focusing on the strength of their characters; Christopher Nolan thinks otherwise, and this we can clearly see in The Batman Begins and the Dark Knight.
The cast of the film in itself was very strong for the story. Besides, of the old cast that was in the Dark Knight: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordan, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Michael Caine as Alfred. Christopher Nolan brought in some more interesting new characters: Tom Hardy as Bane (villain) and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (Cat Woman). One advantage that Christopher Nolan had in this film was that he did not have to reveal the characters, as he had to do it in his last two films. Because most of the main characters had already been revealed before, there were only a few new characters that needed to have a background. So Christopher Nolan had more freedom to play with the story rather than establishing characters.
The movie has grossed $160 million over the weekend. This amount could have been more if it was not for the tragic event that happened in Colorado. Considering the effort, time, and money invested on this film, it can be very easily said that $160 million is well deserved. The Dark Knight had grossed $158.5 million in the same period. Having earned $160 million The Dark Knight Rises has raised to the third number of earning the highest, after Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Snider, T and Brandon, pg. 67).
The story of the Dark Knight Rises has been plotted 8 years after the event of the Dark Knight. Gotham city is at peace after the event, and most of the major crimes have been erased by the Gotham City Police and everything is under control. Commissioner Gordon alone knows about the true incident of Harvey Dent, but decides not to reveal anything to the public as that would cause a disorder and a wrong perception of justice in peoples mind. He has hidden the truth all these years until a character named Bane comes to know of the incident through some sources. Gordon gets shot in the pursue of a lead to find out about the abduction of a congressional representative. So, John Blake is promoted to the post of detective who reports directly to Gordon while he is in the hospital. Both Batman and Bruce Wayne have remained hidden from Gotham City. Bruce Wayne hides inside his mansion. Commissioner Gordon and Blake (who has discovered the identity of the Batman) are trying to bring him out to the streets. Mean while Wayne Enterprises has been suffering a lot, because Bruce Wayne had decided to invest in a project of harnessing fusion power, but shut it down when he learnt it could be turned into a weapon. Bane wants Bruce to let go off the control of Wayne Enterprises. Bruce entrusts Tate with the running of the Enterprise as he thinks that Daggett (competitor) employed Bane to break Wayne Enterprises apart. However, things turn out to be different when Bane kills Daggett and takes control of his construction company. This is when Batman tracks down Bane through a cat burglar Selina Kyle. Bane and Batman get into a fight and Bane beats him my crippling Batman. Batman is locked into a foreign prison, which is almost impossible to escape. Bane claims to have taken over the 'League of Shadows' and after locking up Batman, sets up some charges using weapons from Wayne Enterprises, across the Gotham City and blows them up. Bane also reveals the truth about Harvey Dent to the public (Snider, T and Brandon, pg. 54-57) It takes several months for Bruce to recover from his injuries and train himself again. He escapes the prison and returns to Gotham City to protect it. Batman joins hand with the Cat Woman, Blake, Tate, Gordan and Fox to save the city. Batman faces Bane and takes control over him, that's when Tate reveals her true identity, she is the daughter (Talia) of Ra's al Ghul, and she escaped prison to rescue Bane, because he was the only person who aided her while she was in prison. She also reveals her true intention of continuing in her fathers footsteps that led to the destruction of Gotham City. Gordon has disabled the option to detonate the bomb via a remote while Selina saves batman by shooting Bane, and Batman urges Talia to take the bomb to the fusion chamber where it can be stabilized. Talia thinks otherwise and sets off. She dies in an accident of her truck crashing off the road, but she is very confident that the bomb can not be stopped. Batman uses the aircraft that Lucius Fox made for him to carry the bomb away from the city limits, where it blows up; apparently causing Batman to die.
Batman is revered as a hero after the event, and Bruce Wayne is thought to have died in the riots. Blake is very determined to reveal Batman's identity after Bruce's funeral, but Commissioner Gordan thinks it is best for it to remain a mystery. Later on, Gordon discovers that the Bat Signal has been repaired, the Wayne Enterprises is divided up to cover up all the debts and the mansion is turned into an orphanage, rest of the possession of Bruce Wayne is transferred to Alfred. Lucius Fox later finds out that Bruce had programmed the autopilot system on the plane, six months ago which saved him from the blast. Alfred see's Bruce and Selina sitting together in a cafe in Italy.
The script of the film was very well thought out, from the very beginning. Christopher Nolan brings out a series of twists and turn of events in the…