Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Book
Actors: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Director: Tim Burton
Genres: Action & Adventure
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 05/12/2009 Run time: 126 minutes Rating: Pg13
Great Batman Film
Ker Thao | Saint Paul, MN USA | 09/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Batman The Movie shows the origin of Batman and Joker is the villain in this movie. The movie had a great story, great sound, great graphics, and great action. Go and experience Batman."
The first is the greatest.
Ricardo C. | 09/03/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 1989 Batman film is probably the best we'll ever see of The Dark Knight in a major motion picture. At the time of this writing there has been two Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan, I won't waste time comparing Burton to Nolan but I will certain defend this first outing with Michael Keaton wearing the cape and cowl.
There has been a common complaint that Jack Nicholson as Jack Napier aka " The Joker" takes over the picture. I believe it's safe to say that Nicholson indeed has more screentime than Keaton however that was the proper direction to take. The Joker is suppose to be the one in the limelight to soak up the attention because he because he sees himself as a great artist and entertainter and remaining Anonymous would be the last thing on mind. In the old comics, he would announce his murders on radio or television. They pay homage of sorts to these declarations in this film. But how would I rate Nicholson's preformance ? Though Jack understood Joker as a loose cannon, I don't think came off as threatening as he should have been. Nicholson was often left to flail on camera and that destroyed some credibility of the character. Despite some of the camp though, Joker did indeed seem dangerous at some points when he poisoned Gotham's personal hygiene products and at one point killing his most trusted henchman for no reason; I would like to have more of those scenes in the film.
Another common complaint is the lack Batman's character development but it's quite the contrary, The very first crime you see committed in the film reflects that tragic night when Wayne's parents were murdered and that is just one of the great scenes that shows Batman's/Wayne's personality and motivations. Take for example Bruce's charity party to raise funds to save the festival commemorating the 200th anniversary of Gotham City. Bruce Wayne is once again saving Gotham but without his cape or cowl. Secound, notice the way Bruce acts when he socializes with Vicki Vale and others. Bruce seems to be keeping himself at arms length among his festivities by keeping to himself and lies to Vicky Vale about who is. His behavior also dosen't relfect someone who would be a famous "playboy" bachelor, you see him talking to only Vale and her collague surrounded by un-usual ar in a private room. When Bruce is confronted with a minor problem such as determining how many champagne bottles he needs to open, he seems to be a little lost and still remains so even when Alfred reports news that would obviously be important to Batman; The circumstances of simple social behavior seems to trouble him. Really, how can anyone say all this isn't character development ? We already knew from the hold up earlier to Bruce Wayne at the party that Batman is Wayne's solace and not just a mission or goal, everything else is inconsequential. This is a light hearted illustration of Bruce's loneliness. The real tragic part occurs when Bruce lies to Vicki after sleeping with her, he said he has been called out of town. What does he end up doing ? He places two roses in a dirty alley and quite obviously, it's the place where Bruce's parents were murdered. This is a sad revelation, he falls into the arms of a woman, possibly having done this more than once, but pathetically retreats into the shadows. He remains that child that lost his parents and can't find comfort.
Now as to how Batman is presented. Again Burton has understood what the character of Batman is, a myth. As long as he remains as such, he already has the advantage of his foes and fear is merely the unknown. Once again returning to the first hold-up committed in the film, Batman lowers himself down and surprises the criminals with his cape as simulated wings. Like an animal he asserts himself as appearing bigger and more dangerous and even after he is shot down, he rises up once again with his pseudo-wings in hand to further drive the myth of being a creature and not a man; Someone who is invunerable and can not be killed. He threatens one of the thugs by dangling over the edge of building and declares himself as Batman. Really it's the perfect introduction to a theatrical character. The suit itself also combines Hollywood flash, that classic yellow symbol Batman insignia, but the rest is the vein of a classic horror figure in the vein of Bela Lugosi's Dracula or Max Schreck's Nosferatu. This is the perfect Batman for film, pure imagination from a thoughtful director.
Now of course there comes the question of how it all puts together. This film has a great many centerpieces. Batman's introduction, The Joker's "birth", some of Joker's victims, Bruce recalling his parent's death, and of course the action sequences. Some of it has suffered because of times. Generally, the action is convential and well done but not the most memorable parts of the films. The late Derrick Meddings of James Bond fame worked on the minatures and they still do hold up today but it's pretty damn obvious those are toy cars you see when the Bat-Wing crashes. I think the only genuinely awful part of the film is the finale. After Batman and Joker, with Vicky Vale hostage, climbs to the top of a gigantic cathedral some more fights take place and Batman and Joker have a rather silly final confrontation exchanging one-liners and Joker pulling out a sight-gag. It ends with Batman and Vicki Vale dangling at the edge of cathedral with Joker flailing around like a moron and he pretty much kills himself in a rather clumsy and stupid way. A really mediocre ending to what was fine film before.
Overall, for the many reasons stated, I think this the best live-action Batman film to date. It's flawed yes because Nicholson could have used more direction and a bit more creavity with the action but I'd say this is the Bat film that others should look up to in the future and beyound.