Edgy and genuinely dark film has Batman utilizing all of his skills and just barely able to get his hands on the maniacal Joker who was reinvented into a truly psychotic lunatic by Heath Ledger. The limits people will go to and the sacrifices that people will make to succeed are tested and the ending is powerful as well. A sequel to top this movie will be very hard indeed.
See the full review, "Darkness only lasts till dawn: Gotham is in perpetual nightfall".
Batman reinvented after an ugly backlash at 1997's Batman and Robin the build up was 8 years and worth every bit of it with a new Batman, a realistic and in depth look at the beginnings of Batman from his parents murder, to his training where his equipment came from and his first major mission to save Gotham city and his quest for justice. Solid all around.
See the full review, "So thats where those Bat Cowls and grappling hook guns all came from!".
Blockbuster of the late 80's has a new imagining for Batman to erase the camp 60's shows. Jack Nicholson rules the movie and brings the film up to a new level as the vile and eccentric Joker. An artistic look with plenty of cool James Bond sets and gadgets but the movie's script could have used a polish in defining the stories.
See the full review, "How to turn an average movie into a great one, add Jack Nicholson!".
Everything from the director, star, sets, props, and the general look of the film was set to help erase from the mind's eye Batman Returns which cast such a dark cloud over Batman. Maybe a little too playful, commercial and glammy for some but not as bad as many would remember. Val Kilmer is to me a great Batman and should have done another.
See the full review, "As long as it's a little, razzle dazzle and neon isn't too bad.".
Ramped up too much of the playful and colorful aspects of Batman Forever and added plenty of corny jokes, cliches, and is a little too kid friendly to make Batman and his dark edges an afterthought. Anrold hams it up in an awful Mr. Freeze costume and Uma Thurman sexes it up as Poison Ivy and George Clooney is ineffective in making a difference in the poor material. 8 years later and Batman was redeemed.
See the full review, "Holy Guano Batman!".
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more