2 hours 50 minutes - doesn't seem like it!
It's the most un-superheroic superhero film ever! We don't see Batman till an hour in - Catwoman is never referred to as this and she doesn't get magically bitten by a horde of cats. She is simply Selina Kyle, Cat Burglar and athletic assassin. Bane is fearsome, but Hardy has a hard task conveying emotion when most of his face is hidden - he resembles a beefed up Darth Vader. It's a quite intricate plot with lots of threads that come together amazingly. Basically a film about terrorism and faith - the hero/ villain costumes are almost incidental. It could be James Bond. Very much a film for adults and older children - most of it will bore or go right over young kids' heads.
Michael Caine had me in tears.
And nice to see Scarecrow again
Would have been nice to see more of Aiden Gillen and Juno Temple. Though Tom Conti was a pleasant surprise.
4/5 (verging on a 4.5 if i gave such marks!)