Saturday, June 15, 2013

Batman Returns (1992)

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Michael Murphy, Cristi Conaway, Andrew Bryniarski, Pat Hingle, Steve Witting, Jan Hooks, Paul Reubends, Stuart Lancaster

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Bat, the Cat, the Penguin

Plot: When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I haven't read the comics so the origin and behavior of the villains doesn't have be faithful, just fun and interesting and that's exactly what we get with The Penguin and Catwoman.  I love this movie.  Pfeiffer and DeVito are great in their villainous roles and the rest of the cast works really well, too.  It's fun seeing Walken hamming it up and Keaton was all kinds of awesome as Bruce Wayne/Batman.  I enjoy this picture more than the first one.  RETURNS feels like it's really got a grasp of Bruce/Batman and the world he lives in.  There's something lacking in BATMAN (1989).  Maybe it's the annoying Prince tunes and their obvious attempts to shoehorn as many in as possible to sell records and get more butts in seats.  BATMAN lessens every time I see it but RETURNS gets better.  This is the only comic book movie that I can think of that benefits from having two villains, although I would have preferred to have each of them in their own movie instead.  One thing this sequel improves upon is the pacing which moves pretty damn fast.  It has to because there's so much going on.  Super fun flick.  Of course it doesn't hurt to have Pfeiffer fill out that cat suit like she did.  Scrummy!

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