The movie's ambitions aren't matched by its material.
“The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t really rise to the occasion. This concluding movie in the "Batman" trilogy isn’t just dark, it’s pitch black. Director Christopher Nolan has literally gone over to the dark side.
Of course, “The Dark Knight,” which I admired, was similarly hued; but that film had a grandeur, a tragic sense, that “Rises” lacks. It also had Heath Ledger’s Joker, whereas “Rises” has as Batman’s chief nemesis a brawny mercenary named Bane, played by Tom Hardy in a face mask with a breathing device conveniently attached. Please note: That’s spelled B-a-n-e, not B-a-i-n.