Review by Pete Mason
Even though I spent the weekend at the Gathering of the Vibes music festival, I made a bee-line to see “The Dark Knight Rises” upon restful return. There are few films that I anticipate more heavily than comic-book adaptations, especially since the past decade had provided us with some of the best versions of classic comic book/graphic novel tales that have ever been produced. “The Dark Knight,” “Sin City,” “The Avengers,” “Hellboy,” “Spiderman 2,” “Watchmen,” “Iron Man 2” and “X-Men: First Class” are some of the best of the films that rely on established books for their story and characters, while using the rapid advancement of movie-effects technology to accurately portray the tale and lift it from the page to the big screen. “The Dark Knight Rises” follows suit here, combining effects with director Christopher Nolan’s story-telling and vision for the Batman saga in its third and final installment with Nolan behind the camera.