2.8 stars. A competently compelling film but, unusually for Burton, rather dull to look at. 'Batman Forever' has a more enticing visual design for me personally than the monumental fascism of Gotham City here - though the fundamental idea of skyscrapers as gothic castles is interesting! As many have noted, Keaton doesn't quite seem broody or implacable enough to be Batman post-Miller's reinvention. A bridging point.
Childhood touchstone...Tim Burton at the top of his game, with a blackly campy Joker (in an inspired turn by Nicholson), the perverse/inspired choice of Prince as soundtrack jockey, and just the right balance between funny and creepy...this (and it's sequel) were the high points for the Batworld before Nolan's "realist" reboot of the franchise...
Tim Burton made "Batman" serious again and made the figure more gothic, darker and to a real superhero again on film after we laughed our heads off when watching the camp series from the 60s. It was the beginning of the "darker" superhero wave with great music and atmosphere. Sadly, time has not been good to the film as the script is too simple and Jack Nicholson is more funny than menacing in his clown make-up.
Remarkable set pieces and idiosyncratic style that combines industrial noir of the 40s with pop culture of the 80s make this moody masterpiece a cornerstone of comic book film. Furst's Gotham City presents erupted nightmare of New York that never happened. Elfman's score soaks the atmosphere of "eleven minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November", while Keaton's darkness and profoundness remains unmatched.
Storia coinvolgente, con un grandissimo Joker e una messa in scena fantastica. Tutto è un po' sopra le righe e questo permette di accettare alcune forzature. Gotham City è meravigliosa, con un taglio noir che le dà vita. Finale epico molto appassionante.Bello il rapporto fra i Batman e Joker.La regia è ottima, con una messa in scena che da sola dà carattere all'opera. Alcune trovate sono fantastiche e ben valorizzate
It's clear Burton wishes he was making a Joker film, and we all might have been better off for it. As one of the earlier successful comic book films it sets the template for a lot of their weaknesses - poor motivation, underwritten characters, reliance on set pieces. Wouldn't mind seeing Burton's noir homage though, the opening bit with Orson Welles wasn't half bad.
Michael Keaton is a strange Bruce Wayne. He looks confused and he mumbles. His mind is someplace else. That place else: childhood trauma physically manifested in a doppelgänger called...The Batman. All implied without Chris Nolan having Christian Bale shout it! This is Tim Burton's BATMAN. It is the most iconic reinvention by any director, ever. It's cinéma fantastique: mysterious, beautiful, weird. Also, very funny.