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Batman Returns Reviews

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November 22, 2016
a classic gets better with time. Dark and gruesome
November 21, 2016
Probably my favourite Batman movie.
November 5, 2016
I love Batman Returns, It's my favorite Batman movie of all time.
Keaton is better and shows more of Batman and the direction by Tim Burton is gothic and epic as now.
October 19, 2016
"Batman Returns" is just as good as it's predecessor.(Some actually consider it to be even better) Michael Keaton once again gives a solid performance as "The Caped Crusader" and in addition the new cast members: Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer also do a great job. The movie features a much darker tone than it's predecessor, that adds both strengths and weaknesses to the final product. Overall I think that like it's predecessor, "Batman Returns" isn't perfect but it's entertaining enough for me to say that it's great.

8/10 - Great
½ October 9, 2016
Watchable, but easy to drift away from. Some good acting from Keaton doesn't save it from some odd writing choices.

2.5 stars
October 6, 2016
With Batman being a refreshingly dark superhero spectacle, Tim Burton's follow-up effort to direct Batman Returns sounded very promising.

It takes a while before the full effect of Batman Returns can be embraced. The way that the antagonists enter the screen in a gothic circus fiasco fits the style of Tim Burton's auteur legacy very nicely, but at the same time it feels a little too familiar to the manner in which he treated Joker in the first Batman film. He increases his scope this time around and broadens his focus onto many more characters. Neither Bruce Wayne or Batman actually make an appearance in Batman Returns until 12 minutes into Batman Returns, and this once again this leaves a meandering level of exploration into the mind of Bruce Wayne and his superhero identity. Still, Tim Burton's big ambitions remain admirable. There are a lot of characters that Tim Burton wants to extensively characterize in Batman Returns, and though this may come at the expense of the titular hero once again, it allows for a large scale exploration of the Gotham universe which broadens things intelligently. There are always sporadic familiar elements in comparing Joker to The Penguin, but it is the innovations that take a more prominent stand than the familiarities in the sequel. As a result, Tim Burton creates a gothic spectacle that transcends the entertainment value of the first film.
The combination of gothic and cartoon element that Tim Burton explored in the first film are pushed further in Batman Returns, transitioning into even darker territory. The tale is much more sadistic and blunt, and there is a passionately nihilistic tone in the film which shows Tim Burton exploring his deepest reaches of creative madness. He explores the full extent of evil within the universe of Gotham by showing it on multiple fronts, exploring the crimes of multiple citizens and how their actions create more criminals in the process. There are many characters and subplots to the film, but audiences are never bombarded by the narrative as there is a consistent interaction between all of them. The script manages to balance out an understanding of most of the characters fairly well even if Batman doesn't get as much as he deserves, and the dialogue is both serious and occasionally comical in the style of the source material.
From a technical perspective, Batman Returns is a stunning feature. Though the film plays out almost entirely in the night-time, Tim Burton manages to find many different colours within this setting by lighting up the screen with a variety of shades and flashes of light. The scenery manages to perfectly convey the Gotham setting with extensive dedication added to the production design in support of this, and the cinematography captures the large scale of it all. But it's the costume design and makeup that really shines in this film. Batman returns in his iconic attire, but it's mainly the appearances of Catwoman and Penguin that really make a stand. Catwoman's suit is a sexy tight leather attire combined with the sight of inconsistent needle threads and the face of Michelle Pfeiffer made to look all the more pale. With Penguin, Danny DeVito has an artificial nose and even more pale skin combined with black rings around his eyes, as well as a formal suit complete with a top hat. The sights of these characters is unforgettable, and it makes for a strong visual experience. There are also some powerful action scenes in the film which are supported by the Academy Award nominated visual effects, as well as some strongly timed editing.
And with all this to support them, the cast of Batman Returns deliver some really powerful performances.
Michael Keaton is once again a solid lead in Batman Returns. Though his characterization and screentime is even less than it was in Batman, Michael Keaton still contributes enough of a cold-edged performance to make an imprint. The main focus of Bruce Wayne's characterization in Batman Returns centres around his relationship with Selina Kyle, as well as how he attempts to manage it and maintain his alter-ego at the same time. The chemistry he shares with Michelle Pfeiffer is one of a subtle passion, though the story does not descend into melodramatic romantic conventions in the process. The story doesn't capitalize fully on what Michael Keaton is capable of as Bruce Wayne, but it still emphasizes his heroic talents as Batman. Michael Keaton's talents for hand-to-hand combat are used more extensively in Batman Returns, and the scenes combine his skills with slapstick humour which proves to boast action value and a comic touch at the same time, oscillating between the two without converging them into some kind of silly action comedy. Given that Michael Keaton has a strong legacy for his comedic skills, it is refreshing to see him using them in a subtle fashion within a very action-oriented context. Michael Keaton is effectively dark and heroic in his return to the role of the caped crusader, losing none of his touch since the first film.
Danny DeVito is an actor known for his comedic persona as a short weasel with a temper, though he has proven to have a dramatic flair too. In Batman Returns, he combines both elements while going in an all new direction. As a result, he creates a truly dark and sadistic character who considers evil to be a sick pleasure. It would be easy for the character to fall into the territory of being a novelty, but in actuality Danny DeVito is brilliant in the role. He gets so lost in the part that he becomes bent on a psychotic obsession with bringing darkness to Gotham and destroying Batman. There are elements to the role which do feel borrowed from Jack Nicholson's portrayal of The Joker from the previous film, but Danny DeVito makes them seem so inherent to him and the character that it feels natural. Danny DeVito epitomizes the full extent of Gotham's darkness in his portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot since he was born with deformities and abandoned by careless parents, becoming raised in the underground. The way that Danny DeVito conveys his character's absolute hatred for the world with a malicious physicality and line delivery that he spits out with a commanding tone of voice proves to make a very powerful impact on the experience. Danny DeVito's performance is one of the darkest by anyone in a Tim Burton film, and that is a hell of an achievement.
Selina Kyle is an interesting character. At first she is characterized as a stereotypical blonde character, a working girl who has the smarts but not the guts to take a stand for herself. Playing with conventional characters, Tim Burton characterizes her to at first as a stereotypical weak female character before giving her a massive change of course. The more conventional romantic subplot from the first film's given an innovative twist this time around due to the way Selina Kyle is treated once she transitions into being Catwoman. Catwoman essentially exists in her own universe as she is a damsel-in-distress turned antagonizing antihero whose motives are always personal as part of the film's odd pro-feminist message. Her independence and physical capabilities makes her a heroic figure while her intentions are conflicting. It's all very complex because Catwoman is characterized not as an extension of Selina Kyle but rather an entirely new creation, and the complex psychology of the character is captured flawlessly by Michelle Pfeiffer. But as well as this, she ends up being an innovative combination of campy sadism and slick seduction at the same time. Michelle Pfeiffer captures the complicated nature of Selina Kyle and Catwoman with unprecedented mental and physical dedication, making her an unforgettable asset to the feature. She is the real star of the show here.
Christopher Walken also brings in a strong supporting effort. He essentially plays an archetypal version of himself and perhaps the most generic of the main characters, but the star's natural charm and sophistication makes him more than convincing in the part. He plays with the manipulative nature of his character well and manages to subtly make an intimidating presence.

So although Batman Returns essentially reduces its titular character to being a secondary character in his own story, the multiple villains of the story constructs a large scale front for Tim Burton to explore his iconic gothic style in a dark action medium fueled by powerful set pieces and strong performances.
½ October 3, 2016
The best superhero movie ever made thus far. Atmosphere. Mood. Darkness. Don't expect fun. Expect brains and daring. I mean, this movie even mentions (in one of Penguin's speeches) the Reichstag fire, and this was back in 1992 before the September 11 conspiracy theories taught many of us what that was all about. Heck, this was before the internet was around for us to google it. They tried to make the next Batman movie after this one more fun but it was empty and shallow (except for the always-awesome Jim Carrey as the Riddler). This one has depth. This movie is art. The follow-up is a billboard.
I must admit, though, I like the first half better than the second. It all gets sorta loud and obnoxious, and the focus on mood and atmosphere gets overshadowed by endless and kind of bizarre action sequences. I have this problem with action/fight sequences in general. It's hard to top the ingenuity of early 80s Indiana Jones. I find more exciting action sequences that are non-traditional--for example, Joan Cusack's race to get the news segment tape to the machine in Broadcast News. Choreographed fight scenes often bore me to sleep.
½ September 28, 2016
A sequel that continues an utter misunderstanding of the main character combined with complete corruptions of the villains. Even on their own merits these interpretations (if they are worthy to be called that) are rarely entertaining, instead we are treated to cringe-worthy competitive scenery chewing between the two villains (something that became tradition for the series) as DeVito and Pfeiffer try, and fail, to find some consistency and motivation in their roles. The Penguin in particular seems to yo-yo between several versions and plotlines, none of which fit together. The movie can't decide whether to be a pantomime or a grim look at how society treats outsiders, better Burton movies manage to be both at the same time. At least there is some more substance this time around; Batman is explored a little more through his relationship with Catwoman and there's some stuff about duality, although it's pretty basic. The impressive Gotham city of the last film seems to have been placed with it feeling like its being filmed on a tiny budget and tiny stage. In a film with Batman and Catwoman, Walken's Max Shreck and remote controlled penguins are the only source of entertainment.
September 23, 2016
We all wish Batman did not return.
½ September 19, 2016
Tim Burton goes ballistic, and turns the adventures of the masked crusader into a gothic fairy tale and a dark Christmas movie.
½ September 6, 2016
The wonderful thing about Batman Returns is of course Keaton's wonderful return but even more so Michelle Pfiefer's performance as Catwoman. The thing that this film misses from the first one however, is that the humour has been replaced with Tim Burton's dark complete creative control which he was not granted in the first film. Danny Divito had potential as the Penguin, however Burton made him a little too gruesome, so much that this version of the Penguin could have been in a horror film. However, maybe it's somewhat part of this movies charm to have more horrific Batman film, and although I do love the ghoulish presence this film takes, I still can't get passed how nauseating the Penguin was which wasn't really Divitos fault, but more of a writing and costume problem. Could have used a little more comic relief like the first one also.
September 4, 2016
Michelle Pfiffer es la mejor gatubela!
½ August 31, 2016
Not necessarily better than the original film, but still a whole new adaptation to the series with a new enemy as well as other new and unexpected peers and events. While I may have felt some slight flaws throughout, it's hard to say that this film isn't a crowd pleaser especially for its time. Danny DeVito as The Penguin was a fairly delightful treat throughout pretty much the entire film. It may just have been me, but I felt that Keaton did a better and deeper voice to the iconic dark knight. While well dark-themed, it is overall decent.
½ August 20, 2016
Michelle Pfeiffer killed it as Cat Woman. Enough said.
½ August 13, 2016
Well, they say you can't go home again, and holy shit, they are right. Nostalgia being a complete motherfucker, I decided to revisit this film after being kinda put off by Burton's Batman recently, and this one falls even further in my estimation after not watching it in well over a decade or more.

This film suffered from being more of a Tim Burton film than a Batman one in my eyes, and I don't know when I will come back to it for another look at this stage of things.

August 13, 2016
While still a bit too dark and brooding for younger audiences, Batman Returns nevertheless benefits from the performances of Michael Keaton as the titular superhero, Danny DeVito as The Penguin (real name Oswald Cobblepot), Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Christopher Walken in the role of Max Shreck as well as some amazing action sequences and occasional humour every once in a while.
August 10, 2016
Of course, an unusual, and very unique movie is Tim Burton's work. But weird is good!
This sequel to the 1989 Batman
½ August 9, 2016
Batman Returns se oferece como uma sequencia mais Dark que o primeiro,conseguindo trazer um universo semelhante ao das HQs.
½ August 9, 2016
Tim Burton's second batman film can't quite beat the original, but t sure does a good job at benign entertaining throughout the entire film and still ranks as one of my favorite batman movies!
August 3, 2016
Danny Devito shines as the Penguin and the overall film is solid. Even if Tim Burtons overly strange approach can be hard to deal with.
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