MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ awesome, powerful, flawed

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

“The Dark Knight Rises” is more than a movie. It’s an experience that film fans – not just comic book movie fans – should see on the big screen.
Director, writer and all-around driving force Christopher Nolan delivers a thought-provoking story about power, violence and redemption. There were times when I physically felt in my body what was happening on screen. Neat trick, huh?
With that said, “The Dark Night Rises” falls well short of perfection. Batman (Christian Bale) has a knack for showing up exactly where he’s needed simply because that’s what the plot needs to keep the story going.
And while there are plenty of surprises, there are predictable moments. This is a complicated, messy and awesome film, and those same adjectives could be used to describe Batman.
Bruce Wayne/Batman is in retirement because Gotham City’s boys in blue have crime under control. But a shadowy mercenary named Bane (Tom Hardy) is hatching a nasty plan in the sewers of Gotham, forcing Batman back into the crime-fighting business.
This battle might be too much for the Dark Knight, but he’s not alone. Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) is always vigilant, and a young hot-shot cop, Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), keeps turning up in the thick of things. In addition, Fox (Morgan Freeman) gives Batman access to new tools to use against the bad guys.
Bruce and Batman are the same person, but they have different potential girlfriends. Miranda (Marion Cotillard) is a wealthy woman who might be able to help Bruce in more ways than one. Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) is the kind of test Batman respects, but she’s not exactly trustworthy.
It should be noted that “The Dark Knight Rises” is hard on Bruce’s servant and friend, Alfred (Michael Caine), who thinks Batman should leave the fight to others.
This is an action movie with gunfire, fist fights and the threat of nuclear annihilation, but it’s also a story built around conflicting emotions and personal trade-offs.
It might not be the masterpiece fans had hoped for, but it’s powerful stuff.
I give “The Dark Knight Rises” an A minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Roadkill Bill Wizard 106.7 He gives “The Dark Knight Rises” an A minus. “Pack some Depends undergarments, because it’s a fun movie, but a long one.”