• Filmaholic

    ★★★★½ Added by Filmaholic

    This film is awesome. My favorite Superhero movie of all time. As a life-long fan of the Caped Crusader, I have to say that if you want the real Batman, look no further. You found him.

    There is a certain kind of magic to Batman that no other film adaptation has been able to successfully match. The main difference between Chris Nolan's more recent Dark Knight trilogy, and Burton's 1989 version, is the visual style. The main difference is a…

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  • Kurt Fabisch

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Kurt Fabisch 29 Jul, 2014 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Eric Zavinski

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Eric Zavinski 28 Jul, 2014

    "You ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" - Joker
    Tim Burton's Batman has enough content to appeal to comic book fanboys/fangirls while also being mainstream enough to reach out to most audiences.
    Jack Nicholson plays a great Joker, Michael Keaton's Batman is an acceptable portrayal. At times I think the romantic aspects of the film lie a little bit too heavy, but removing those aspects entirely would probably be a little too much to ask for regarding…

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  • MK R

    ★★½ Added by MK R

    It's Nicholson and Elfman's show -- the rest is just window dressing.

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  • Chris Vallée

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Chris Vallée 23 Jul, 2014

    A pioneering film that exuberantly brought "Batman" to life on the big screen in a way that had never been seen before. What could essentially be called the first modern day super hero film, "Batman" takes a stark and contrasting approach to what had typically been seen of Batman and comic book characters in general, in the past. The campy caricature from the 60's was effectively demolished by Tim Burton, who brought the grittier, darker comic book interpretation to life…

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  • Tim May

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Tim May 27 Jul, 2014

    "I know who you are."

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  • MatthewLB

    ★★★★ Watched by MatthewLB 27 Jul, 2014

    "Am BATMAN!!!!"

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  • jack_nance

    ★★★ Rewatched by jack_nance 25 Jul, 2014

    Another "Library Look," this time a re-watch... but I hadn't seen this since it initially came out in theatres, so it's almost like the first time.

    It was hard to put aside the 25 years of Batmen in the wake of this iteration. Now that the Dark Knight/Joker mythology has grown and evolved, it's interesting to see where director Tim Burton and the screenwriters drew their influences; most apparently a strange mix of Alan Moore's "Killing Joke" and bits of…

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  • Chris Gelderd

    ★★★★ Added by Chris Gelderd

    This 1989 American superhero film is directed by Tim Burton based on the DC Comics character who has just celebrated his 75th anniversary. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, and Jack Palance.

    Gotham City is rampant with news and rumour of the mysterious vigilante known as “The Bat Man”, one who leaves criminals fearing his name and scared of his presence. Reporters Alexander Knox (Wuhl) and Vicky Vale…

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  • Timothy E. RAW

    ★★½ Watched by Timothy E. RAW 24 Jul, 2014

    Re-watched for the 25th anniversary for the first time in almost as many years, Burton's first Bat set a standard for comic book films, yet pales in comparison to the sequel which transcended the comic book genre altogether by focusing almost entirely on the villains and playing as a twisted, psychological horror with a much darker, wittier, subversive script.

    Similarly the whole production would be improved in the follow-up, though even as a blueprint for superior production design, Bob Ringwood's…

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  • Nitish

    ★★★ Rewatched by Nitish 23 Jul, 2014

    In honor of Batman Day, I decided to rewatch 89's Batman after a really long time.

    I actually love the atmosphere and production of Tim Burton's first installment. It really does feel like Gotham till this day. Michael Keaton is a great Batman/Bruce Wayne. I'm still surprised Jack Nicholson is even involved with a comic book movie. I think he plays the Joker well, but I really distaste that he was given an origin story which defeats the whole purpose…

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  • Michael1962

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Michael1962 19 Jul, 2014

    I saw this on opening day 25 years ago and I was impressed.

    Watching this last night, I can appreciate it much more now. For its time, this was both entertaining and quite dark. Tim Burton took both a comic book approach and a perfectly off-kilter look at the Batman legend. Jack Nicholson is simply perfect as the Joker. Michael Keaton was an inspired choice for its time.

    There's that phrase again..."for its time". 25 years ago seemed like a…

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