Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker, who has seized control of Gotham's underworld.
I will be honest. I did not really care for the film the first time I saw it. As a kid I was always a Marvel man and automatically didn't care for the DC heroes at all.
But that was almost 25 years ago....
After rewatching it I was a bit shocked to discover it is that old. As it really doesn't show at all. I was also rather shocked by how much more I liked it this time round. If ever a film aged well it is this one.
This has, of course, a lot to do with Burton. Here his visual flair is fresh and absolutely spot on. He manages to give the film the feel of a…
Part of The December Project: FIlm #43
"Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"
While Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy will still rank in the eyes of the majority as the definitive Batman films, I feel as if Tim Burton's first outing with the Caped Crusader is still one of the better comic book outings, and I say that as someone that dislikes Tim Burton a great deal.
While Nolan's films are grounded in a sense of comic book realism, I actually quite like how Burton manages to make a comic book world feel real. What Burton's Batman lacks in character, it more than makes up for in terms of atmosphere and tone. There's this great grittiness…
After rewatching both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, I thought I might as well watch the original film just for the hell of it and you know what, I think this holds up just as well as those previous films and considering it's age, this might hold up a lot better.
I think I might be in the minority who prefer this film over The Dark Knight. Nothing against it; I love that film. I prefer this film for a few reasons but one being that I grew up on this film during my childhood. I'm actually surprised I did'nt destroy my VHS after seeing it so many time. This film always felt like THIS was the real Batman.…
Before this review keep in mind I watched the The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises before this.
Having been used to the psychopathic and incongruous ‘Joker’ brought to life from the Dark Knight by Heath Ledger. Jack Nicholson brought an entirely new dimension to the ‘Joker’ character, providing a new eccentric, charismatic and almost ostentatious conception of the ‘Joker’. Though still maintaining your systematically irrational character, with the addition of more tricks, pranks and deceitful actions. Being the first person in a while to perform the Batman, Michael Keaton initiated the strong-willed, determined and gritty Batman that from my judgment Christian Bale has perfected in recent Batman films. The film began painful almost, but constructing character relationships the movie developed remarkably well. Certainly one of the better Batman films throughout the legacy, but some troubling scenes in the first hour or so were a little irritating for me. Decent film but some improving required.
After watching this for the millionth or so time, and after much deliberation, I think this might be my favorite all-time Batman movie. And I do love the Nolan trilogy. It could just be the nostalgia factor, who knows. But watching it again recently was the most fun I've had watching a movie in a while!
Much camper than I had remembered.
But I like the campness.
I like the fact the costumes are of a nondescript era, putting Burton's Batman firmly in comic book land. Keaton is a great Batman. But you know, he let Jack fall at the start, creating The Joker, and giving him a reason to seek his revenge. Imagine if he had just pulled him up?.
I am not going to compare this to those other Batman films, it's just not fair to this. Which is fucking great.
I thought I'd watch this over today. I will be watching Batman Returns aswell. I've always favored Returns over this, but its been awhile since I seen this one. I wanted to see if anything changed.
puts on critical eyes.
The sets are marvelous because of the scope that is presented at any given moment, but sometimes they look too much like sets.
I much more prefer this Batmobile to the clunky pieces of mess in the Nolan films.
The romance seems so rushed at times and the dialog is kinda clunky "I just want us to love each other, can we do that?" but I thought that Kim and Keaton ooze chemistry to the point where it seems like…
this was really something when it came out in 1989. fantastic.
Batdance, it's all about Batdance.
Very entertaining fantasy has a real spirit of showmanship and great artistic visual sense. Director Tim Burton gets the details of his vision perfectly. Michael Keaton’s subtly eccentric take on Bruce Wayne feels right. As the Joker, Jack Nicholson is transfixing from the start – gutsy, funny, and admirably committed to the role. Jack Palance and William Hootkins are pitch-perfect in small roles. The exciting, darkly soaring score is perfect, but the Prince songs feel very much out of place. The Vicki Vale character is woefully underwritten. In fact, the romantic subplot is the film’s weakest link. The movie loses some steam as it heads towards its climactic scenes.
I vaguely recall watching Batman for the first time about three years ago and being quite underwhelmed by it. After the tragic disappointment of Batman: The Movie (1966), I was a little apprehensive about revisiting this film and it was only due to the fact that I had purchased the Blu-ray box set that I decided to give this another chance. Perhaps Nolan is to blame for this, but I kept wanting the film to enter slightly darker territory. I would absolutely love to see a Batman film with an 18 certificate that doesn't have to pander to the kiddies - I'm sure there are some interesting stories that could be told if the filmmakers didn't have to concern themselves…
This Batman movie is now and forever going to be overlooked and shadowed by Nolan's trilogy. Tim Burton does a faithful and all-round entertaining job with Keaton's Batman.
I think this film really comes into its own on that reveal, where Jack Nicholson steps from the shadows and that music sweeps the audience into his crazy and very creepy world.
The dialogue, direction and acting are all pluses. With a very gothic looking Gotham, characters you can see leaping from the page, this film should never be overlooked by anyone.
As much as I love what Nolan did, this still stands as my favorite Batman movie. There is just something so ridiculously fun about it.
Michael Keaton is the best Bats, and of course the Joker would be a fan of Prince's music.
I really enjoy Nolan's Batman trilogy for its realistic approach, dark theme and the great score - and I haven't been a fan of superhero movies aside from those so far. However, Batman is a stunning experience, with only very few gripes.
Tim Burton has done a tremendous job creating a dark and comic-like atmosphere throughout the entire movie - not only in terms of scenery, but also for the characters. Everything works so well in this film, and the only thing I disliked about it was what felt like a 'Joker music video', showing him dance with his gang through a museum, destroying all paintings and sculptures. Weird stuff.