Christopher Nolan had a lot of pressure when it came to doing the conclusion of his incredible Batman trilogy, and he could have messed this up after The Dark Knight set the bar so high. Let me say this, he didn't. He ended on a high which is only fitting to such a trilogy!
1st of all my primary concern was Bane not being able to compete with the challenge of The Joker. That was quickly put to rest as Bane delievers, and he delivers hard.
Though he is a much more level headed villan than the Joker, his physical presence alone was enough to put my mind at ease that he wasn't going to make things easy for the bat. Then we have his mind set, and how nothing is going to stop him from destroying anything and everything in his path. His impressive bulk combined with his cold intentions make him a threat not to be taken lightly. Also, through the film, regardless of whats happening around him, he maintains an unusually calm manner and tone of his voice. He may not be as mentally unstable as the joker, but he is certainly on par in terms of presence.
Then we have Catwoman. I have never been a big fan of the character in any of the other films we've seen her in but this was different. Cheesy one liners aside she was brilliant. A perfect counter part to the bat.
Now onto Bruce Wayne, The Batman himself. I found myself actually worrying for him through the film. Seeing how he had deteriorated since his outing, into a frail man who is aiming to stay away from trouble in this time of peace, makes you wonder how he will manage to take on the mighty Bane. That question is answered in their first encounter.
The story is incredible, where Banes aim is to plunge Gotham city into a state of anarchy. Everyone in this is expendable. With incredilbe visual effects and characters you'll be on the edge of your seat all the way through.
You're also left with a much more, emotional Dark Knight movie from what we have seen so far with everyone from Alfred to Lucious getting pulled into the drama. This is Batman going full circle. This is the conclusion the trilogy deserves. And with twists and turns and plenty of action and drama all the way through, I can't understand how anyone could not like this film!
Bravo Nolan, you indeed made the Dark Knight Rise above and beyond out expextations! 5/5!