Batman ★★★½

"It's as though we were made for each other... Beauty and the Beast. Of course, if anyone else calls you beast, I'll rip their lungs out."

"Never rub another man's rhubarb"

The old pulpy/campy/more ridiculous (in a good way ofcourse) Batman films were my first experiences with superhero flicks so this was a delight! A superhero movie is inherently ridiculous and it's a shame that films don't play into this anymore and are so serious. (Inadvertent Joker reference? Go me! lol) Just the general atmosphere of this Gotham with all the stylised elements were incredible!

Danny Elfman's theme song just brought all the nostalgia back! I appreciate how Keaton plays Wayne. He's much less broody but his trauma feels palpable and less forced. I guess he doesn't need to try hard to be broody when those pointy eyebrows of his gives him a perpetual pensive look. The chemistry with Vicki Vale is also very good. Jack Nicholson is legitimately hilarious in this especially in the bell tower sequence. Something about Nicholson in a suit with a bunch of cronies running about in a dark, grimey back alley just feels right.

Batman has always been my favourite superhero! And Gotham and its villains are iconic! I won't get tired of all these different versions. In regards to a lot of Batman slander I've seen recently especially as the MCU expands, I'll happily be super smart and super rich over flight/invisibility/super strength etc.

And happy coincidence cos I just found out that there's a Batman Day and it's today!

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