Batman Returns Reviews
Again, the casting is impeccable. Michelle Pfeiffer is unbelievably gorgeous and dripping with sex appeal...the Penguin is quite the opposite in a good way! Perfectly played by Danny DeVito.
Christopher Walken, plays Max Shrek who is meant to be the real villain adds to a bloated cast and movie that Burton just about holds together but will not please everyone.
As I said Walken's character, the tycoon of Gotham is the real villain of the piece and I think that was lost on a lot of people. Catwoman, the Penguin and along with Batman are portrayed as the victims of Gotham city's rich and elite.
Walken's character, Max Shrek will stop at nothing to get what he wants and bullies and threatens Bruce Wayne in the business world and Pfieffer's character, Selina. Playing his much abused secretary, resulting in her transformation.into Catwoman.
The Penguin is born and discarded by his elitist parents due to deformity and Max Shrek sees an opportunity to manipulate him to run for Mayor for his own gain.
All these avenues lead to a convoluted plot with too many plots to follow and, unlike the first Batman, no recognized villain of the piece. The actors all feel like they are fighting over screen time here.
Still, this is a fun film that has some great scenes with Keaton and Pfieffer who have great chemistry in and out of costume.
DeVito is outstanding but his evil plan is a bit silly and creepy, kidnapping kids using penguins??
Burton's visual style is all over this and it is still a fun movie but probably has less of a broader appeal than the original.
The explanation of why she became cat woman is kind of obscure, but I guess she had a sudden realization of how pathetic she was living her life and decided to make a very drastic change.
Christopher Walken is well, Christopher Walken. He's always great. Michelle Pfieffer is brilliant and fierce as cat woman. Even though the director's style is not as obvious and prevalent, it's definitely got the tim Burton feel to it which I love, lighthearted, funny, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
Very creative and original ideas in this Batman movie. Wow, it really took a turn for the dark toward the end. We get to see everyone's true colors. Cat woman's, Penguins, Batman's, even Walken's character. It was very much like a comic book.
It's weird and I know I'll be judged, but I very much liked this one more than the first Batman. All of the characters are so interesting with complex and fucked up backstories. It seems like there's more character depth in this one.