Batman

Data
Title: Batman
Year: 1989
Length: 126 minutes
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Sam Hamm & Warren Skaaren, story by Hamm, based on characters by Bob Kane
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Music: Danny Elfman, Prince
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration

My reaction
Synopsis: an origin story for The Joker
How I saw it: on video many times (have on DVD), most recently yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Indifferent.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Bad. Lots of fun, but pretty stupid.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Indifferent. Nicholson’s good, Keaton’s okay, and Basinger’s bad.¬† And as much as I think Nicholson and Keaton are cool, this has got to be some of the worst casting ever.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). It’s cheesey and cartoonish, but I don’t care; it’s the Batman I grew up with. Going back to watch this after Nolan’s movies, it really becomes clear how this is just one level of campiness above Adam West. Also, what’s with Batman killing people left and right? And the city thanking him for it? 1980s morality is f***ed up.
Objective Rating: 2.7/4 (Good).

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