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Batman (1989) review
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Review of Batman (1989)

Gotham City is witnessing its most darkest, and coldest, night in living history. Christopher Nolan stands on the rooftops next to the bat-signal, waiting for his harsh-voiced detective to appear. Sipping on his cup of coffee, Nolan looks into the distance and thinks to himself, "Why am I rebooting Batman? Oh yes, because of those Schumacher disasters.", he pauses to take another sip. Then his mind races back to 1989, the year where the superhero-genre was born. In 1977 the first superhero film was released, Superman, appropriate enough, since Superman was also the first comic book hero. The red-and-blue immortal has to be on the top of everything. It is Batman, however, that was - and still is - deserving of being called as the movie that laid out all the blueprints to which future superhero films would follow, and the greatest superhero film of all time - that was, until Batman Returns, Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight came out. Who could've known that Tim Burton, who had only directed 2 films prior Batman, would direct one of the most influential films of all time. Over the years Gotham City has been portrayed in hundreds of ways but none has been as memorable, and lovable, as Burton's dark, steamy, populated, where-your-nightmares-live take on the "most corrupted place in the world". First he created a world as dark as his imagination and as mangy as his hair. Then he called in Michael Keaton and wrote Batman / Bruce Wayne as a serio-comic character that would, to me, be the definitive Batman until Christian Bale came along, removing the comic from serio-comic. Keaton gives a balanced performance, and he rarely breaks character. I haven't read any of the Batman comic books so I cannot be sure just how much accurately did he play the character but nevertheless, what I saw I liked. Adding more sugar is Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale. She had a good comic-timing and the one part that really gets me is when she and Bruce Wayne are being held at gunpoint by The Joker, she starts eating popcorn, out of fear and anxiety. The way she does it, and the timing, always gets me. Speaking of The Joker, Jack Nicholson starts off on the wrong foot, misleading you a little early than expected. It is only when he meets Vicki at the restaurant does he come to his true pace and style. In all, he does give a good performance but I like to think of this one and the one in Shining to be quite embarrassing. He has done times better performances than those two. I'm sure Christopher Nolan - who is helping himself to a third serving of coffee - will agree with me. The rest of the cast were good, nothing extraordinary.

SWOOSH! The caped crusader has now landed, mumbling something about Rachel Dawes and a sofa. With that voice of his, nothing can be understood and unfortunately, life doesn't come with subtitles. Nolan breaks from his reverie and sets off... Anyway, Tim Burton was the man for the job and he proved himself successful, and then he continued it with Batman Returns, which was much more darker than its predecessor, and his darkest overall.

Added by Happy Vader
6 years ago on 21 December 2012 18:44