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The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final film in Christopher Nolan’s comic book trilogy, and it may be the darkest of the series.

The film generated some buzz and created headlines both before and on its release date, some good, many of them bad. As the old saying goes however, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.”

The Dark Knight Rises remains this summer’s biggest blockbuster. It opened on July 20th, grossing $198 million opening weekend, and since August 21, has made $941.2 million.

The film was slow at points, such as the opening sequence, as well as other key sequences. The movie worked best when Batman (not Bruce Wayne) was on the screen. The screenplay was well written and the “slow” scenes were necessary to tell a complete story.

Theatergoers may complain that the story was too violent and rather dark. To them I say, “The movie is called the Dark Knight after all,” and is based on an accordingly violent comic book.

Overall, the film was enjoyable and had just the right mix of plot, dialogue and action. This film makes a fine farewell, or perfect swan song, for the rejuvenated Batman series. Look for it on DVD in the future.

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