[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] T [/dropcap] he Dark Knight Rises is the much anticipated bi-sequel to The Dark Knight and Batman Begins. It is written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who wrote both other hits as well as Inception and Memento. We know Nolan has a flair for complexity and layering, but it’s fair o say at both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were pretty understandable. Rises, on the other hand, is long, complex, hard to follow and a bit too jumbled to claim to be understandable. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that this film borrows the dark brooding mood of The Dark Knight and adds so many new sub-plots that even Leonardo (DiCaprio OR DaVinci) could not untangle them.
It has all the recognizable stars starting with Christian Bale and Michael Caine. They both do a good job, but Bale is simply getting too old and stringy to do another Batman and Caine seems less and less pleased to be serving this master….taking on a John Gielgud persona from Arthur. Anne Hathaway as Bale’s Catwoman paramour worked quite well and Tom Hardy of Warrior fame plays a genuinely scary villain even though he was a direct Road Warrior rip-off. Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordan, was flat and not his usual interesting self while Joseph Gordon-Levitt seemed mostly there to help explain the things that were happening and to prepare us for the obvious sequel…Robin Also Rises….Early….And Gets The Worm.
Now this film had a nice financial angle. Watching the NYSE get attacked by Bane (not, not Mitt and Bain……the Road Warrior Bane) was great, but seeing Bruce Wayne get hoisted on the put writing petard and losing his fortune was really designed to remind all the hedgies and maybe a few people left at JP Morgan’s Investment Office in London that taking the wrong end of the asymmetrical risk stick is no fun and should not be tried at home.