First off, I’m glad I went to the The Dark Knight Rises on Friday AFTER the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I would hate for this film, with its strong anti-terrorist message, to suffer at the hands of a real-life terrorist. Secondly, the latest word is that, during the midnight showing on late Thursday/early Friday, it nearly outpaced The Avengers by 10 million to set a new record!

Okay, now on to the film. Here’s the official description: Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

From the beginning until the last sequence, this film is a worthy successor and satisfying finale to the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman trilogy. There are so many interesting story lines taking place that my attention was gripped the entire way through. Even the “slower” character parts contributed to the movie in significant ways, so I’m sorry it’s now a part of history (in a good way)!

It has action galore, twists and turns that sometimes made my head spin, and surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat! Even the last few minutes kept the pace rushing forward, and I enjoyed that!

Now, people who don’t like Bale’s Batman voice or Nolan’s pulling the hero into the 21st century won’t like this movie! On the other hand, I was grateful to see plot threads from the previous films come to their epic conclusion this go-round, so it’s an instant classic to me!

Things I liked that I can mention without giving too much away included the fact that Catwoman was never called that during the motion picture; that Batman is an adventurer who is giving his all to Gotham City, something not everyone in the film is ready to do; and that the “minor” characters all got meaty things to do!

Hans Zimmer‘s score fits the film to a “T,” which includes the playing of certain pieces of music when a character or situation in on the “rise.” If you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, I bet you know what I’m referring to.

Ultimately, this story is about how we shouldn’t surrender our freedoms to those who say they have our best interests at heart because often they don’t! Replacing one corrupt system with another may actually be deadly!

And what makes Bruce Wayne/Batman a real hero is that he can take the punches and damage inflicted on him and “rise” up again to take on the baddies. It’s no wonder he’s my favorite hero!

If you haven’t seen this movie, I would encourage you to support it by taking in a showing this weekend!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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