If Chris Nolan knows how to do one thing it’s end his movies with a punch. There’s a “Nolan Formula”. Open strong. Slap your audience across the face immediately and invest them. But most importantly of all: stick the landing. He actually writes the ending of his movies first and works backwards and that’s brilliant. Because how many times do you leave a theater saying, “Man, that was good but that ending?” Here, with very little dialogue other than the passage read from A Tale of Two Cities at Bruce’s funeral and underscored by Hans Zimmer’s powerful score, are moments, subtle hints that only they would know that Bruce is still alive somewhere. I love the smile on Morgan Freeman’s face and Gary Oldman wildly watching the sky when he finds the new bat signal. I wept at the wordless reconciliation between Alfred and Bruce; Father and Son. And then Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who nearly stole the movie, throws the fans a Robin card in a way that’s not at all cheesy or pandering. Then he picks up a bag Bruce left him and finds the Bat Cave and as he rises to the suit, the movie ends and Batman Begins. Full circle. Masterful storytelling.