Well about 20 minutes ago I made a nice cool night time ride back home from one of my local movie theaters. I decided earlier in the day to give up my grip on some coin and dropped a good chunk of it and went to go see Batman "The Dark Knight Rises"! First off as to respect others who may have not yet had the chance to see this film, this post will not contain any "spoilers" as best that I can help it. Some after seeing the film may contemplate and think to themselves if this was the best Christian Bale Batman movie made? For me this was a hard thing to think about on the long ride home. But by the time I drove up the drive way, parked my scooter and got off of it, I knew that in my own personal opinion, this was not the best of the three. In my head it was close, this film does have that classic Batman "Begins" charm, with a big touch of Batman "The Dark Knight", but somewhere in the film, for me, the message got lost. For me, While watching the film I was thinking that Batman should do this or that, while he goes off and does something different. I was basing my thinking of he should do this or that, based upon prior chooses and actions that Bruce Wayne/Batman had done in previous films. In this one for me, Bruce Wayne/Batman broke new ground by changing, for the good or for the worse, I'll let those who see the film decide that for themselves. But I am pleased to say, that even with evident changes, again, good or bad, this film was very entertaining to watch. Even though for me this film was awesome, it just wasn't awesome enough to clinch my determination that this was the best Batman film of all time. Personally speaking my favorite of the Christian Bale Batman series was "Begins", followed by "Dark Knight" and then "Rises"! Even thought this film clinched a figurative bronze medal, I still have to say that even this bronze medal of a movie was way better than anything that Keaton, Kilmer or Clooney could have ever done! I personally have a lot of respect for an actor who "goes the distance" with a movie role. Christian Bale reportedly about a year ago was hinting at showing no interest in making "Rises"! But something must have gotten to him, bigger paycheck, couple of new company cars, bigger house or maybe something deeper, maybe something honorable and noble, maybe something inside Bale said "finish what you started"! So he made the choice and made the film, therefore being the only actor in history to do three Batman films while maintaining the integrity of both the actor, the character and the institution. So if you have not yet seen "Rises", regardless of my own mental rating system, I would suggest that you make your way to your local theater and drop the coin and see it. If you do, bring extra money, I noticed prices on large pop corn buckets and soda have gone up a bit since last I've been to a theater!