Movie Review: Batman

There has been so many Batman movies created. Something about that character that is iconic and well-loved. I’m not entirely sure why, but I admit there is something about him that draws your interest. It can definitely be said I am a fan of the Caped Crusader.

The other day I finally settled down and watched the 1989 Batman directed by Tim Burton (yeah, I know this is an older movie). It stars Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as The Joker. This movie is rated PG-13. This was clearly an action film as Batman battles The Joker.

The movie gives a pretty good back story of the Joker. Something we really don’t get in the other Batman movies that I’ve seen. Jack Nicholson was a really good Joker. His interpretation of the character was this mix of the original TV series Joker and Mark Hamill Joker (the best Joker of all time).

Michael Keaton was an okay Batman. In this film at least I felt he spent more time as Bruce Wayne then as Batman. That was a disappointing development. Also, Batman wasn’t dark enough. Of course I’m not asking for the portrayal to be like Christian Bale or Ben Affleck. Keaton just felt too giggly to be Batman.

The movie had a very cartoony feel. A bit like a comic book but more theatrical. I mean literally it felt like the whole thing had been filmed on a theater stage. The sets looked stage like and the acting was exaggerated like one would see on a theater performance. I didn’t really mind the theatrical feel. It was interesting to see more practical effects instead of CGI.

The only complaints I really have of this move is that it feels dated. I mean really dated. Worse than the 1960s TV show. This movie just doesn’t age well. The other big complaint I have is the twist they had on the Joker. Eh, I just didn’t feel it. Yes, it was interesting and unique, but unnecessary.

All in all I enjoyed the movie and give it 2 1/2 out of 5.

Got any movies you want me to review? Let me know.

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