I liked the way Alfred tried to encourage Bruce to "move on" with his life, and to get over the anger. I love the way the orphans were worked into the story. I loved the way the good guys were good. I loved the realism. The scene with the police charging the street near the end, the scenes with Cat Woman, the addition of Robin, the little restaurant scene at the end, and the ending itself was fabulous! I was so sad at first when I thought Batman died. I cried because you can't let an orphan die, yet it seemed such an ending to his life of pain over the loss of his parents, like he had been laid to rest. But, when I realized he was alive, had taken Alfred's advice, I was elated.
More poignant, was the political statements throughout. Ironically, I had seen memes online showing Mitt Romney with a Bane mask, hinting of his past connection with Bain Industry. But, when you watch the movie, Bain is your socialist revolutionary trying to seize the wealth and power from the wealthy and powerful and purportedly spread the wealth around. Yet, it is pointed out in the film that the people do not control the switch to the reactor at all, but Bane does. This is typical of revolutions throughout history in Europe. Take the French Revolution for instance. The scene where the displaced powerful are sentenced without a trial is a mockup of the French Revolution where the same thing was done. And, the whole thing was so much shadow of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
There is a tiny little book by George Orwell called "Animal farm" where the pigs on a farm lead the other animals in a rebellion against the farmer. They kick him out and take over the farm. Then they draft a resolution that all animals are created equal, along with a few rules, such as no animal shall live in a house or sleep in a human bed. In the end, the pigs become just like the humans, living in houses and dominating the other animals, and the rule is appended; "All animals are created equal, BUT some are more equal than others." It illustrates the point that revolutions often remove one tyrant to replace him with another.
I don't know what this country is coming to, or what is going to happen in the next election. We definitely are going through a dark night in our own saga of downgraded credit, recession, unemployment, and economic mayhem. I only know what the history books show about the results of past attempts of socialism. Apparantly, the writers of the Dark Knight have read as much of European history as they have DC Comics.