'The Dark Knight Rises' receives standing ovation at preview screening

Another fan cries tears of "pure geeky uncontrollable happiness" after seeing the 'Batman' sequel

'The Dark Knight Rises' receives standing ovation at preview screening

The Dark Knight Rises has received a standing ovation at a preview screening, according to online reports.

A select group of between 40 and 50 film critics, prominent bloggers and Batman superfans were invited to an advanced showing of the film in the US this Saturday (July 7), reports Comicbookmovie.com. Although attendees were told not to publish reviews of the film until July 18, several fans chose to break the embargo on social media websites.

Lauren Hiestand, who describes herself as a "YouTube Movie Reviewer", reported that the film received a "standing ovation", while Vince Peluso posted to Facebook that he was "quite speechless" after the screening and called The Dark Knight Rises "everything I wanted it to be". Meanwhile, an anonymous blogger revealed: "I, myself, cried twice...once out of sadness and once out of pure geeky uncontrollable happiness."

However, a fuller analysis of the film's merits came from a self-confessed "comic book geek" called Tom McAuliffe. He assessed The Dark Knight Rises in comparison to the two previous Batman films from director Christopher Nolan, saying: "The trilogy is greater than the sum of its parts, and for me the 3rd was the very best part of the whole story. Dark Knight is a classic in its own right - it stands alone, but in this trilogy, and as a closer, this film exceeds."

McAuliffe also suggested that the conclusion of the trilogy could leave certain questions unanswered, writing that The Dark Knight Rises has "an ending that presents opportunity for thought for sure".

The Dark Knight Rises opens in the US and the UK on July 20. Last week it was revealed that the film has received a 12A rating from the British Board of Film Classification and has a running time of 164 minutes, making it the longest of Nolan's three Batman films.

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