But Christopher Nolan is my master now.
The Dark Knight Rises is probably the best way Nolan’s Batman trilogy could have ended (I’ll do my best to avoid thpoilerth), and a damn fine movie.
Sure, it doesn’t have Heath Ledger giving an awesome performance as the Joker, but the entire cast did a great job here (instead of being overshadowed by the dead star of A Knight’s Tale). Bale does a great job (he’s come a long way from Reign of Fire), the villains do a great job, everyone is great.
There are even a few well-done callbacks and flashbacks to the previous two films (if you don’t remember them, I suggest a rewatch before seeing TDKR).
The bulk of the film pays homage (?) to the French Revolution (and Occupy Wall Street (but I repeat myself)), right down to the class envy, the Storming of the Bastille, and sham trials (complete with gratuitous French antique chair for the accused!)*.
If you like Batman, you owe it to yourself to see this movie (I’ve seen it twice!). It’s got the best rendition of Bane (not hard, after Batman and Robin), Catwoman (I still can’t believe I paid actual money to see Halle Berry in that piece of crap film), and REDACTED** in any big screen Batman movie yet!
*And a choice Charles Dickens quote, to boot.