Some positive reviews from supposedly 'important' people:-) I dont hav ea lo tof time to comment on some messages that I just read. But I would like to say to those who feel he is underdeveloped..what is that you would have liked to have seen and known about him? Ill comment more later:-) I have to say though he never reminded me of Darth Vader..
“And no one is darker than Bane (Tom Hardy), a battering ram of a villain, his face covered by a grille that feeds him medicine to alleviate pain he’s suffered from childhood. Hardy’s face is covered for 99.9 percent of the film, but his physical and vocal performance is riveting.”
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“But it’s Bane who steals the show. After Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker in the last film, it was a masterstroke to feature a villain who’s the polar-opposite of the maniacal criminal. With Hardy putting on 30lbs of muscle, the character comes across as less flesh-and-blood and more like an unstoppable juggernaut. His character’s back story provides one of the film’s series of neat twists at the end.
-David Edwards, Mirror.co.uk
“If it’s at all possible, Bane is even more nihilistic than Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight. And while it would be almost impossible to top the late Ledger’s incendiary performance, which won him a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Hardy’s Bane comes awfully close. He’s mesmerizing on the screen, recalling Darth Vader in the original Star Wars.”
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
TDKR may not top the year’s earlier megahit, The Avengers, at the box office, but who cares? The Avengers was kid stuff. This is for grownups, with bold, nuanced performances (expect Oscar nominations for Bale, Hardy and—as Bruce’s devoted butler, Alfred—Michael Caine) and apocalyptic import. For once, a comic-book movie comes within hailing distance of the Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. The Dark Knight Rises is that big, that bitter—a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement.
- Richard Corliss, Time