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An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.
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Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton.
It's an unforgivably flat ending for a movie of such astonishing contours. But its first two-thirds -- which should be called The Joker's Big Misadventure -- is probably the best film of the year.
The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating.
The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.
Is it interesting? Fitfully. Is it fun? Not much, Gotham City fans, not much.
Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.
Other than its prescience as a pop cultural milestone, this won't go down as one of the better superhero movies, nor even one of the best in the Batman cinematic canon.
The new Batman is the most intelligent film ever made from a comic book.
Nicholson isn't only offering a brilliant bit of self-parody here, he's doing it in service to the character
It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton's Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan's genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy...
Nicholson's Joker is a villain worthy of a real superhero and Keaton's Batman gets to perform some cinematic superheroics of the first order.
Highly recommended even for fans who think Batman begins and ends with Nolan's trilogy.
There's a lot to admire about the production design, as well as Keaton's and Nicholson's performances but overall this film did age a lot worse than some that are up to ten years older. That's partially due to sub par special effects but also a pretty odd timing, which makes for quite a few lengths. You still gotta appreciate the film for starting the wave of comic book movies that are on such a high currently, but this film does not exactly look well under some scrutiny.
The creative vision of the Dark Knight is presented in only a way Tim Burton could do it. Batman is a charming and stylized portrayal of the DC-Comic hero. From the layout of the entire city of Gotham to the casts dynamic stamp (Keaton, Nicholson, Basinger) the Caped Crusader emerges victoriously and notoriously. 4/5
again its not one of the best superhero movies ive ever seen but its still pretty good for any fan of the comics and or Tim Burton
An interesting take on Batman, which has a high level of unrecognized faith towards the comics. Michael Keaton only gives a moderate performances as the caped crusader; nothing dire, but nothing superb. However, its really Jack Nicholson's take on the Joker that truly makes this film stand out. Not only does Nicholson give a sophisticated, hysterical and psychotic portrayal, it's one of very few performances that gets very close to the character. Its worth a try if your a comic fan and want to see some loyalty within a film. However, on the bare minimum, it only worth seeing Nicholson being creepy yet wacky.
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