So, hey, some quick and spoiler-free thoughts on that Batman flick. The Dark Knight Rises is a dumb movie. 2008’s The Dark Knight is an exciting and intelligent morality play, surprisingly rich in its exploration of its themes. TDKR is a bruiser of a film, with little finesse, little to say, but a lot of story to tell. There are leaps in logic that, while not indefensible, are too many and too large to be excused.
That said, I liked this film a great deal. It may not be as smart or as tight a film as its predecessor, but it is an immensely entertaining and, more important, emotionally satisfying conclusion to this Batman saga. If you can go the extra length necessary to suspend your disbelief, TDKR is a pure and heartfelt story, of wonderfully mythic proportions, about the character of Bruce Wayne.