This is the Nolan film that will split critics down the middle.
I have an everlasting love for the Batman character (and Batman can only be Bruce Wayne otherwise it is just Batman by name only), but what everyone needs to understand is that this is Nolan’s Batman. Once you make peace with that then this conclusion of his trilogy is a fantastic piece of cinema.
As you've all heard by now this is Bale’s moment of glory. He closes his Batman arc with elegance and grace. His Batman will break your heart.
That said, Joseph Gordon-Levitt almost steals the movie from everyone in an understated and heroic performance. Bane is impressive here – full of confidence and bravado. What makes him even scarier is that he can back up every boast and stare.
I’m no expert at well-defined female characters so I asked my better half for her opinion on Catwoman. (My expertise ends with blurting out, “BOOBIES!”) As far as she was concerned Hathaway was by far the best and strongest female character she has seen in years and this includes Carrie Bradshaw so that says something.
My gripes are that the timeline was all over the place and the villains get their come-uppance (is that a spoiler?) in quite anti-climactic and even unintentionally funny ways.
Go watch this now.