The Dark Knight Rises: It is a massive spectacle. It is not necessarily a movie to be watched on its own, but instead a masterful conclusion to a trilogy that is about good versus evil, and all the gray area in between.
The Dark Knight Rises is vast and dark, with a multitude of new and returning characters, with a deep plot that runs back through the first two movies, and a nearly three hour running time that rarely lets you take a breath.
It certainly meets the high expectations that it is created, and as an ending to a very specific vision, the bar is set incredibly high, perhaps too high, for someone else to come along and recreate the Batman character.
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