The Dark Knight Rises is actually the first movie of the Christopher Nolan trilogy that I saw. I know it’s not logical, but that’s how it happens. I’m not a huge DC Comics fan, that’s why I didn’t see the first two before, I’m more a Marvel person! I saw The Dark Knight Rises in theatre with my siblings because they wanted to see it.
But, during the lockdown in France, last March, I actually got around to watch the entire trilogy. And it wasn’t as bad as I made it out to be at first. I still don’t really get all the hype, but I still really enjoyed it.
Eight years ago, Batman disappeared into the night. He, who was a hero, then became a fugitive. Blaming himself for the death of Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything in the name of what he and Commissioner Gordon considered a noble cause. Their joint actions proved useful for a time as crime was eradicated in Gotham City. Thanks to the arsenal of repressive laws initiated by Dent.
But it’s a cat, as cunning as a thief that will turn the tide. Or maybe it’s the arrival in Gotham of Bane, a masked terrorist who’s planning to rescue Bruce from his self-imposed exile. But even if Bruce is ready to take on the Dark Knight’s cape and helmet again, Batman may no longer be up to the task against Bane.
Or, if you want, you can see the trailer right here.
So, I said before, when I first watched it as wasn’t really a fan. It was the last movie of the trilogy but the first one I saw. And that doesn’t make for a great emotional connection with the characters that is kind of required for this type of movie. But having watched it a second time, I realized that it was much better than when I first saw it.
I saw The Dark Knight Rises again a few months ago after watching the previous two movies. And it was much better. I understood Bruce Wayne much better. And most importantly, I managed to empathize with him, which I couldn’t do before. And when you don’t empathize with the main protagonist and hero of the movie. It’s bound to fall flat most of the time… Which is why it’s always important to watch movies in the order they were intended to watch.
And also, on a side note, I’m a huge fan of Anne Hathaway, ever since I first saw her in The Princess Diaries when I was 11. So every time she’s in a movie I like it like 5 % more, regardless of the rest. I know, Anne Hathaway is not a consensus and find her annoying, but I enjoy her acting.
But you’re not here to hear me talk about my love of Anne Hathaway. So, should you watch The Dark Knight Rises, or not?
Should you watch it?
Yes, you should absolutely watch it, but don’t forget to watch Batman Begins and The Dark Knight before it. Because even if you know the Batman lore, you won’t have the same emotional attachment to the characters.