When I reviewed the Dark Knight in 2008, I was not blown away by it. It's only after I watched it couple more time, that it grew on me, purely for the absolute brilliance in all round film making. From the screenplay to the back ground score, to the acting, everything was immaculate. I had some problems with it in terms of its length, but that was about it. This time, I was sure that the film making would remain at par, but would the story be good enough? Well, quiet frankly this story is a bit too predictable.
The Dark Knight comes out of retirement after 8 years, when Gotham city is under threat from a terrorist called Bane. Bane is here to avenge the death of Ra's Al Ghul, his leader who was defeated by Batman in the first film of this franchise. I will not tell you what happens next, but I am sure you would figure it out when you do go to see it. It's about one man's quest to stand alone against the dark forces and make the ultimate sacrifice!
Now, the screenplay once again is excellent, though there are scenes which seem to be edited in haste to bring down the length of the film to 2 hours and 40 mins. The background score by the amazing Hans Zimmer is spectacular and elevates every scene. And well, the direction is top class. Plus, there are a few action sequences that are "HOOTING and CLAPPING" worthy. But frankly, we miss the Joker and Heath Ledger's insanity. Bane is a decent villain, but then again Joker was in a completely different league. Also, the predictability of the story, some convenient twists and a WTF moment do make the proceedings a little more laughable!
Well, I am a fan of the franchise and hence I had fun. I am sure, you all will too! And I am sure the film will break all possible box office records. But if you ask me whether it is an outstanding film, I would say "Well, it is very good and just about that, because kahaani poori Filmy hai"!
Rating: 7 / 10