Batman (1989) movie review

It might be a comic book movie classic now, but when this movie was on its way to theaters, nobody knew what to expect.  People complained that Mr. Mom wouldn’t make a good Batman, nobody knew who the hell Tim Burton was, and I still get confused every time I watch it when I see that Jack Nicholson has top billing in the flick.  Batman might be short of story, but it’s got great atmosphere, fantastic performances and is responsible for the flood of comic books movies we’ve had since, for better or worse.  

Ah, 1989 – it was a crazy year for movies, movie sequels and franchises.  Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Back to the Future 2, Lethal Weapon 2, Licence to Kill – it was a crazy year.  (Full list.)  It’s a close call, but Batman is the most memorable movie of the bunch for me.  Sure, it has its problems in that it doesn’t answer any questions:

  1. Why did Jack Napier turn to crime?  I dunno, he’s just an a-hole.  Who the hell is that guy, anyway?
  2. How did Bruce Wayne become Batman?  Where’d he learn to fight like that?  How’d he buy all that equipment without attracting attention?  I dunno, he’s just bad ass.  “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”
  3. Batman solved the Joker’s poison thingy how?  “I’m Batman!” that’s how!
  4. Wow, Batman really likes guns, missiles, grenades and just killing people in general.  Doesn’t seem very Batman like.

But nobody really cared.  The movie is a ton of fun and everybody loved it – people were cutting the bat signal into their hair back then – it was a nutty time.  Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger are both great, and Jack Nicholson makes the most out of every scene.

It’s not a perfect movie, yet it’s still a classic.  If you haven’t seen it in a while, revisit it – and if you’ve never seen it, what’re you waiting for?  Jump on this bad boy!  I’m giving Batman a 9 out of 10 – it’s a fun time at the movies.

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