No Ewoks. A fair number of endings instead of LOTR. No Emo Peter Parker.
Could it be… the perfect ending?
“It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” – Jim Gordon, The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan brings every aspect of his previous films full circle with the introspective, heavy yet hopeful final installment of the Dark Knight trilogy. I am biased, since Nolan started this franchise by making his crew watch my favorite film, Blade Runner, as visual and tonal inspiration. From the noir stylings and dark city, this time he even gave Batman his own Spinner.
(The Dark Knight Rises is available on DVD and Blu-ray.)
Revisiting the philosophical themes of Batman Begins and the two omitted truths from The Dark Knight, rises has some amazing commentary on bearing false witness and partnering with the darkness. He punctuates the trilogy by mimicking the true definition of savior that includes more than merely being a symbol, but includes being both scapegoat and sacrifice.
Over the next week we’ll follow up this overview with 5 more in-depth, spoiler-riddled posts, because really getting to the truths and parallels of these characters demands dealing with their various decisions and fates.
For now, this spoiler-free video review provides some cursory thoughts.