Batman (1989) review

“Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?”

A mix match between the camp melodrama of Adam West’s batman and the morbid, gritty darkness of Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. A subdued, brooding performance from Michael Keaton as Batman, while Jack Nicholson as the Joker, is vulgar, ludicrous and unhinged, basically Nicholson in real life. Batman’s legacy crosses generations, nations and cultures; it encompasses justice, sacrifice and the goodness in us all. Yet Tim Burton is able to entirely confine such a vast myth and story to just a few sets. With so many contradictions and juxtapositions, somehow Batman still works. Simply brilliant!


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