Throwback Thursday … Batman – classic 80’s movie … too camp for the 00’s?
Alright, here are my two cents for 1989 Batman:
“When I started watching the 1989 Batman movie, I was a bit hesitant at first. This movie is older than I am. I assumed due to the age of the movie it would be terrible. I’m so glad I was wrong.
This Batman movie is a complete classic. I loved the humor that took place in the movie. Vicky Vale and a friend of hers were making fun of Bruce Wayne’s collection of armor. Bruce Wayne then walks in on them, and just subtly owns the moment without batting an eyelash.
Joker’s dance routine in the art museum was a delight, and fit in perfectly with his character. As someone who was such a huge fan of the 1990s Batman Animated series. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie. Despite its age this movie holds up well to the test of time. It’s a tad over the top at certain moments, but it all flows together quite smoothly in the end. A definite watch for any Batman fan. “
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OK, I definitely should have written my review before reading Nia’s as I now am a bit depressed! It’s nice to know that my love of SciFi and Fantasy is continuing into the next generation though! 🙂
Batman for me was a bit of a mixed bag … I mean the Internet really didn’t take off till the mid 90’s so information about new and upcoming shows was really only accessible via Television and magazine. At the time I was a big comic book geek and while more focused on Marvel I definitely had a vested interest in Batman as a character and the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman … well, I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.
At the time Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (circa 1986) was one of my favorite Batman books and while I learned early on that this story was going to be completely different, I guess that disappointment carried over into my expectations of the film. Coming out of the theater though … things were different.
I still thought that Keaton wasn’t the best choice for Batman, but he made an excellent Bruce Wayne. He was so suave and debonair – completely different to how I expected him to act (remember he IS Beetlejuice!) … Nicholson as the Joker – perhaps a bit more camp than I would have liked, but still really good. I would say that he absolutely put his mark on the role and made it his own & Kim Basinger was an excellent casting choice as the love interest.
The overall story was quite good – much better than the films that followed – and for those new to comics or the genre, I’d agree with Nia, it’s absolutely worth watching. The more recent Batman Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises) might suit today’s audience but this film could definitely join that pantheon quite nicely!
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Val’s Batman review.
Batman, 1989 is a movie very near and dear to my heart. It’s actually the first movie I saw in theaters as a kid. It’s hard to remember much about my childhood years that young but I remember that I was literally on the edge of my seat cheering on Michael Keaton’s Batman.
I’ve watched the movie countless times and the fondness for it does not change. I love the look of it. It’s delightfully Gothic. They certainly went out of their way to make it as dark as possible and allowing Batman to be this creature in the night hiding in the shadows. The suit was revolutionary and pretty much the standard for every Batman film after it. Even the Dark Knight trilogy in many ways. The batmobile for this movie is my personal favorite Batmobile of all time. I think that it’s just brilliant in it’s design. The tumbler in Nolan’s films is probably more useful but the 89 version is just so damn cool.
The story may be simplistic but the dialogue is great. Pretty much every line from the Joker’s mouth is instantly quotable. ” You ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light?”
To me, Keaton is a great Batman. Especially on his look. Every time we got a closeup on his face, the intensity and introverted nature of the character came out. There was just this determination and menace that was also always present. Something I think Christian Bale did well but felt forced at times. Nicholson’s Joker really did stamp his name on the character. He was so effortless as this amusing and terrifying clown. He had a fantastic laugh as well. Second only to Mark Hamil’s animated version.
The score of the movie is fantastic as well. It shattered any memory of the hokey Adam West version and brought forth this dark epic sound we would come to expect later. I could gush on and on but really if as a Batman fan, the last scene of the movie doesn’t send shivers down your spine I don’t know what will!
Jack Nickolson really doesn’t laugh much in his roles, I find it makes his performance as Joker much more unique. Anytime you want to hear that laugh, there’s only one movie I know of to hear it.