Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 164 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. Lots of violence and action, some blood (but it’s not gory or grotesque), some sensuality (the morning-after of an unseen sex scene), and ultimately fairly mature emotional themes about sacrifice, loss, and heroism. This may technically be a comic book movie, but it’s not for young children.
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is, quite simply, a triumph, a dizzyingly good amalgamation of thrilling action scenes, serious emotional stakes, and complex, humanistic themes. Comic book movies have never been this good, and may never be again—sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded, and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is beautiful proof of that.
By Roxana Hadadi
Well, summer cinema should just call it quits right now. Nothing else coming out these next few weeks could even come close to “The Dark Knight Rises,” easily the most anticipated film of this season and undeniably its best. Christopher Nolan’s finale in his Batman trilogy is a beautifully successful masterwork, a completely satisfying conclusion to predecessors 2005’s “Batman Begins” and 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” I should just send Nolan my bank account information right now, because I’ll probably see this film so many more times that my savings will be at a breaking point. Take all my money, “The Dark Knight Rises”! Just take it!