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a very good conclusion to the trilogy
on 26 April 2016
This is a review of the "The Dark Knight Rises - Limited Edition Steelbook" Blu-ray. This is a deluxe item, comprising of the 2-disc film set in the case. The imagery on the steelbook is fantastic, depicting Batman engaged in conflict with Bane. While I think this is a very nice item, it is rather expensive - at £25. You can buy the standard Blu-ray of this film for under £10 ... so unless you're a collector, I wouldn't recommended this particular edition. On the positive side, it is region free - so plays in all Blu-ray machines.
The film itself is the third and final instalment in Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy. It's a very good - if somewhat overly long - movie, drawing on several comic book sources (especially "Knightfall" (1993) and "No Man's Land" (1999)). The film continues the saga established in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" ... here, a few years have passed since the Joker was defeated and Two-Face was killed. Batman has not been seen in a long time, and Bruce Wayne lives as a recluse in the re-build Wayne mansion. Unfortunately, trouble is afoot! Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra's al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson), now heads the League of Shadows and, with Bane as her henchman, she's decided to destroy Gotham City - and finish what her father started. Batman must do what he does best - figure out what's going on, draw on his physical skills and technology, and defeat the villains!
The movie has several sub-plots - concerning such characters as Catwoman, and police officer John Blake (who's shown, in the final moments, to be Robin) - and it does succeed in allowing space for in-depth characterisation. It's a movie with high production values, and a sophisticated storyline. Yet, at some 2hr 30mins, it's a long film - and, unfortunately, there are times when things proceed rather slowly. Given this, combined with the violence, I suspect it's more suited to an adult audience (rather than family viewing). Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The film provides a genuine conclusion to the trilogy, and connects to the first film in a well thought out manner. However, in my opinion it is the middle film - about the Joker - that is the best of the series. The first and third films are very good, while the second film is genuinely great.
If you've not seen any of these movies, I suggest that you watch them in order (otherwise you'll probably not follow what's going on). As a whole, I appreciate the way these films constitute a saga - with a definite continuity. They exist in a self-contained fictional universe, distinct from both the comic books and the DC movie universe that is now underway (starting with "Man of Steel"). Fans of Batman, and of 'super-heroes' generally, enjoyed the "Dark Knight" trilogy - and I recommend this movie.