There are moments when the stars and planets are in near-perfect
alignment as a comet crosses the night sky and the movie gods cast their
smiles on the screen, and a film dares to come close to living up to
the undeniable hype that has been heaped upon its frames. It would
appear that Christopher Nolan has produced just such an occurrence with
the finale to his Batman trilogy.
Christopher Nolan is daring us to ask the question. Is The Dark Knight Rises the best third film in a series ever? After going through this exercise for a few days now, there
really isn’t much of a list to delineate and rank. Let’s review the
obvious candidates and determine how Nolan’s finale stacks up.
When I rode into Denver
in the blazing summer of 1984, I befriended two native Coloradans in classes on
the Denver campus of the University of Colorado, the same campus once
attended by the orange-haired gunman accused in the midnight massacre of
12 people in a multiplex cinema in Aurora July 20 during a premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.