IN A NUTSHELL: Set eight years after the Joker’s crime spree in The Dark Knight, Batman has shouldered the blame for the deranged rampage of Gotham’s disfigured DA, Harvey Dent (aka Two Face), and retreated to the shadows. Half-crippled and depressed, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has all but hung his cape up when an unstoppable terrorist called Bane (Tom Hardy) emerges. Part brutish luchador, part Renaissance
man, part irritating voice that sounds like Brian Blessed in Flash Gordon, Bane stages a series of symbolic attacks on Gotham, all with the aim of luring Batman to his destruction. Throw in an idealistic rookie cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a sexy cat burglar (surprisingly, Anne Hathaway steals the show as Catwoman), a sinister conspiracy and a neat twist or two, and Christopher Nolan’s bleak trilogy goes out with one helluva bang.
ZOO SAYS: Is it as good as The Dark Knight? Probably not… in various parts it makes less sense than the Gangnam Style video. But you can’t but be in awe of the sheer scale of the thing. The definition of epic, this is just awesome fun to watch over and over again. 10/10