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Batman: Why DARK KNIGHT RISES is a Flawed Masterpiece

The Dark Knight Rises is often called the weakest of the Nolan Batman trilogy, and for good reason. But this movie still stands about most other superhero films. The acting, score, action, and dense themes are reasons to praise this film. In this video, we break down why Dark Knight Rises is a flawed masterpiece, and is a fitting conclusion to the greatest superhero trilogy of all time.

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0:00 Dark Knight Rises is an Elite Cape Movie
1:13 What’s Not Great about Rises
2:48 Theme of the Trilogy: Failure and Fear
5:10 Bruce Needed to Fall
8:19 What the Pit Means
11:30 Reclaiming the Light
13:09 The Perfect Ending

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Let’s talk about The Dark Knight Rises. Was it such a disappointing film, or is it actually a flawed masterpiece? For years, I was conceived that Rises wasn’t that great, but recently I re-watched the entire Dark Knight trilogy, and I went into Rises with an open mind. Instead of searching for the films’ problems, I tried to see Nolan’s vision and enjoy the experience. And what do you know, I actually loved it!

I won’t deny that this film is far from perfect, and we will address some of its issues. Truth is that all movies have weaknesses, but not every movie has strengths.

Maybe I’m older and wiser, or I’m just more positive, but I have a whole new appreciation for Rises, and today I’m going to make the case for this film, and prove to you that Dark Knight Rises is a flawed masterpiece.

Ok, let’s start by getting the rough stuff out of the way first. Yes, Rises doesn’t live up to the greatness of the Dark Knight. It’s a bit messy at times, some plot points are a bit underwhelming, and this film is probably a bit too ambitious for its own good. And unlike most of the other Nolan films, Rises is less sophisticated and brilliant.

I do agree with some of the criticism about Rises, but I also think that some fans got too nit-picky with the movie, almost like people are searching for reasons to hate on the movie.
Yes there are plot holes. Yes, the climactic battle is a bit disappointing. Yes, this is a terribly laughable death. Yes Bane is a meme machine. And yes, charecters makes some really strange and dumb choices.

At the same time, and I’m not making excuses for the film here, but Rises did have a lot of things going against it. The Dark knight is a masterpiece, and it was basically impossible to top it. Then Nolan did Inception, which was his magnum opus. Not to mention that all of his previous movies were amazing. So the hype for Rises was unreal, and the expectations could have never been met at that point. And you know how it is with trilogies – the third entry is usually the weakest. And Rises is one of the strongest third entries in any trilogy.

So with all of this being said, let’s dive into why I love The Dark Knight Rises.
First, the influence. Rises is a very loose adaptation of three stories – Dark Knight Returns, Knightfall, No Man’s Land. But the real inspiration of the film comes from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. It goes beyond James Gordon’s speech at the end of the film, which is taken directly from the novel. The entire movie is constructed around the themes of Tale of Two Cities.

Christopher and Jonathan Nolan explored some powerful themes in brilliant ways, as this story has huge importance in modern times. The complex nature of justice, duality, lies, sacrifice, love and social revolutions. All of this should give you a whole new appreciation for Rises.

But I don’t want to do a movie vs book comparison for this video, because being influenced by a really good book doesn’t necessarily meant the movie is good, instead I want to focus on how Nolan explored the central themes of Batman’s story, and how Rises is a fitting conclusion for the Dark Knight trilogy.

The Dark Knight rises is not a typical superhero movie, in fact, I don’t think you can even qualify it as such. Batman is barely in the movie. It’s more of a psychological thriller and a post-apocalyptic war epic. It’s about what it means to be a hero, and what are the consequences of lies, and what happens to society during a modern day revolution.

The central theme of the film is this quote from Batman Begins [why do we fall]. And this is what I want to focus on for this video, because it’s the main theme of the trilogy. And it’s in the title after all – Dark Knight Rises.

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