I'm just back from seeing it (in French, the dubbing is surprisingly good, and especially on Bane) and I'm uncertain what to think of it. I can't compare it to the two previous movies because I found it to be so different. Honestly I don't have much to say, because I've only seen once one hour ago, and I'm still trying to gather my thoughts up. These two hours and forty-five minutes were so short!
I can't completely judge how the movie relates to the previous ones right now. I need to see it again. There's so much to analyze, yet so little. I know I disliked the fact there was less talking in favor of action.
I don't know, I think I had set my expectations too highly for how the story ends. I think I'm a bit disappointed because I had the feeling it's not as deep as Begins and TDK. I wonder if anyone had felt the same. The plot and how the story rolls didn't disappoint me, but it was rather the fact that I didn't find anything to learn from it. I surely need to watch it again, but for the moment I don't remember anything that striked me as a lesson.
Now for what I'm sure of what I liked and disliked.
I liked every second Bane appears on the screen. Tom Hardy is awesomer than I expected him to be, and like I said I placed my expectations pretty high. I liked his first fight against Batman, and though I'm not a comic-book fan, I heard so much about how the fans wanted Bane to break the Bat that I thought it was really cool that Nolan included it in the movie. The dialogue between Bruce and Bane in the prison was declared one of my favorite scenes from the movie right after I saw it. Bane's speech greatly reminded me of what Falcone says to Bruce in Begins: "You've never tasted desperate." I liked the bond between Talia and Bane that I didn't expect at all, contrary to Talia's true identity (yay rumors). And most of all, I liked that second where we see Bane's face when he hadn't the mask yet. I thought we'd see his face when Batman starts to break his mask, but no, once again it was in another unexpected way. His face is so striking then; looking up at the young Talia, his look commanding Talia to flee while he protects her. I think it was incredible. It showed that Bane wasn't only a monster, that he was human like us, too. And how Talia slowly fixes his mask, with these gestures, and the look in Bane's eyes when she saves him... another one of my favorite moments. Just incredible.
And this leads to what I disliked. I think that the most disappointing thing that I cannot get over is Bane's death. Like, seriously? Every other villain had a badass ending... Ra's being outsmarted by his disciple, the Joker warning Batman with his legendary laugh, and even Talia whose death of course reminds her father's one, but Bane...? No. Just no. If there's one thing in TDKR that I disliked, it's definitely that. It's just so lame. I wonder what went through Nolan's head to put an end to Bane like this.
Overall, it's still a masterpiece. Master Nolan has striked again, but I need several viewings to write a fair review, especially about the movie's depth and what it can teach us. I probably have missed some little details. I'm categoric about the last point, though. That's all for the moment.