The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Opening weekend was never really an option and then tragedy struck. The following weekend I just didn't feel ready to go. Even this weekend, there was a bit of trepidation. Was it too soon? For instance, at least thrice the theater employee checked the exit doors during our viewing. Did I notice that? Fuck yes I did. Did I also wonder during each shooting scene if that was the scene during which that madman opened fire on an unsuspecting audience? Yes. I did. And each time, I felt that uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Much of the cast of Inception rounds out the players in this installment of the trilogy and all of them work together seamlessly. Christopher Nolan definitely knew what he was doing by throwing them all into Batman's world. I really can't say a single bad thing about this movie. At 2 hours and 40 minutes, it has a lengthy running time but I didn't feel like it was long while I was watching it. Bane's voice was distracting in the sense that it was nearly Sean Connery-ish. The performance Tom Hardy had to provide to really make you believe him behind that mask more than made up for it though. There's so much I want to say but I don't have any words. Anne Hathaway did not let me down as Catwoman. I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Like the preceding two movies, I was not disappointed with the grand finale.
And as the end of the movie wrapped up, I found myself sobbing uncontrollably. That has happened before in a movie, but not for a long time. I wept at Toy Story 3 but I was also pregnant and hormonal. With Batman, as I watched his story come to an end, my heart hurt. It felt like I had just gotten news that a friend had died. Was it the story line? The characters? Was it the tragedy forever associated with the movie? I don't know. I just know I sobbed for a good 15 minutes and Husband said it was because I had gone through an emotional roller coaster as a movie viewer. I have to agree. I laughed, I cheered, I got disgusted and I was literally on the edge of my seat. I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to this very "real" Batman. A+