“Bane sounds like an asthmatic English Lord with a riding stick shoved up his rear end, while speaking through a kid’s Darth Vader mask.”

The Dark Knight Rises Review
By Simon Jago

I think it’s impossible these days to watch a Christopher Nolan film and not have high expectations. There is always a great hype around his movies and the viral marketing campaigns leave you dreaming about the films even before you’ve seen them. The creator of; ‘Inception’, ‘The Prestige’, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ now brings his final installment to the the Batman franchise.

Nearly a decade on from the events of ‘The Dark Knight’ Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has hung up his cape and become a recluse. With Batman no more, the police have brought the city of Gotham to a state of peace. However, its not long before a mercenary named Bane (Tom Hardy) shows up and starts creating havoc. Bane has one objective and that is to destroy Gotham, and anyone who gets in his way. It’s time for the Dark Knight to return, but can Batman stop Bane, or has he finally met his match?

There are a lot of good things about The Dark Knight Rises like Anne Hathaway’s brilliant performance as Catwoman, and the introduction of the famous Bat Plane. Returning characters such as Gary Oldman’s Police Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine’s Alfred and Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox all play strong roles. However, all these big name actors and fan boy references to the comics aren’t quite enough to secure the films all-time epic status that we we’re lead to expect. The film itself is clumsy with plenty of plot holes and moments that leave you questioning the logic of the characters and the reasoning behind why things are happening. It doesn’t seem as clever as ‘The Dark Knight’, a film which its success at the box office surprised most people and has become a cult classic since. There are quite a few aspects I could moan about but I’m going to focus on what I know is most people’s problem with the film… Bane’s voice.

Never have I sat in a cinema struggling to understand a characters voice as much as the character Bane. Bane sounds like an asthmatic English Lord with a riding stick shoved up his rear end, while speaking through a kid’s Darth Vader mask. Secondly, despite hearing that they re-recorded in post production Tom Hardy’s interesting but bizarre representation of the character, you still can’t understand a f**king word the guy is saying! Now I really rate Tom Hardy as an actor, and I was really looking forward to seeing Bane onscreen but unfortunately for me the character has sunk to such depths of stupidity as to join Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cringeworthy performance of Mr Freeze in ‘Batman & Robin’.

The Dark Knight Rises 
is an enjoyable, excellently produced film and another great addition to Christopher Nolan’s CV, but for someone who is a big fan of the previous films, I think you will find yourself disappointed with this conclusion to Nolan’s vision of the caped crusader.

3.5 star rating