The film didn’t disappoint and a group from United Leeds Endeavours put together their own thoughts and feelings over the weekend after their Friday night viewing. The reviews of the critics were largely spot on. Tom Hardy as Bane was formidable, though one could only wonder at how he managed to bulk up so spectacularly for the role. Christopher Nolan had said that Ann Hathaway’s performance of Catwoman was worthy of its own spin-off and we’d have to agree. She looked every inch the part and played the torn thief with class and elegance.
Though the film was admittedly long, we can forgive Christopher Nolan for being slightly self-indulgent in his last ever outing as director for the franchise. Despite the length it didn’t drag and twists and turns along the way kept an audience of all ages enthralled. The ending was both fitting and unpredictable. It left a strong enough conclusion for there to be no sequel but also enough open ends that one could easily be made. Such is the nature of huge movie franchises. At the viewing that a group from United Leeds Endeavours attended the audience broke out into spontaneous applause as the final credits rolled through.
The opening of the film was marred by the horrific tragedy that occurred at a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado when 12 people were shot dead and countless others injured in a mass shooting by a crazed man. In the wake of the shootings Christopher Nolan spoke out in horror and shock at the events. Nolan summed it up fittingly describing the killings as a ‘senseless tragedy’ and that he couldn’t understand why someone would ‘violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way.’ The whole team at United Leeds Endeavours would like to pass on their condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy.
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