Well I thought I’d finally get around to doing a few movie reviews Just for the hell of it since most of my time is taken up by watching DVDs. The first movie on the list is Batman directed by Tim Burton. I’m not that great with words while I type so don’t expect greatness. 😀 I also almost never go to the theatre to see movies anymore. So don’t expect timely reviews either.
Directed by Tim Burton
Story by Sam Hamm
Screenplay by Sam Hamm & Warren Skaaren
Starring: Micheal Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Jack Palance & Robert Wuhl
Released June 23 1989
Genre: Action Adventure
Running time: 2:06:18
Well I won’t bother with any kind of plot summary. It’s simply an origins story of both Batman and The Joker. There’s not much more to it than that. I never did read the comic books DC wasn’t my thing but I did know of the Bat because of the show with Adam West, who is still my favorite Batman.
Anyway I remember seeing this movie several times at the theatre back in the summer of ’89. This movie knocked me out like everyone else who first saw it. The only problem is with repeated viewings the movie starts to show it’s many faults.
Let’s talk about the great things first.
First the music by Danny Elfman is still cool as hell and is the only score he’s done that still holds up. I find most of his other work to be just over the top with Big Fish being the exception but I’ll get to that when I review that movie.
Micheal Keaton does a great job as both Bruce and Bats, even though he is a small guy.
Gotham City looks great in this movie, it’s conflicting mish mash of shape and form that just makes the city look dangerous and not a place you would want to be. Anton Furst did a wonderfull job.
Michael Gough as Alfred. It’s Micheal Gough, how is that not cool? For me the guy’s right up there with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as one of the greats.
Now for a few of the bad things.
The music by Prince just doesn’t fit at all. The movie practically comes to a complete stand still during the scene when The Joker is having a parade and is about to unload his gas on an unsuspecting populace. This bit still makes me cringe a little every time.
Tim Burton is not a good director of action movies. And I would consider that the weakest part of this movie.
Kim Basinger, I can’t stand her never have never will. I’m not a big fan of her man hands. I would have prefered Sean Young, far more attractive but a little nuts.
Robert Wuhl is someone else I can’t stand. What a douch bag.
The editing and pace of this movie is just horrible. The action is slow and badly choreagraphed and scenes get cut either too short or too long.
Jack Nicholson as The Joker. Stunt casting at it’s best. There really wasn’t much of a performance here and he’s not very interesting to watch. I just found him boring.
The Batmobile looks cool and that’s about it.
I still enjoy watching this movie from time to time and the DVD has some great features on it. The picture is clear and the DTS sound is great.
I give the movie *** stars out of 5.
I give the DVD ***** stars out of 5.