Batman (1989) Movie Review


Batman (1989)

1989 | Action, Adventure
126 minutes /

User Score: 91/100

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The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Batman (1989) is a 2h 6-min American action adventure superhero film that was based on the DC Comics character, Batman. This film is the first installment of Warner Bros.’ Batman film series that has an estimated budget of $48 million and grossed over $411.3 million at the box office. Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Corpse Bride (2005), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) did an excellent job executing this phenomenal movie that was a treat in more than one way. I remember seeing this film when I was younger and thought the action scenes were out of this world and still feel the same way about them. The movie contains extreme violence, sexual/innuendo jokes that kids most like would not understand, frightening scenes, tension, and suspense.

Mayor Borg (Lee Wallace - The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Private Benjamin (1980), The Hot Rock (1972)) of Gotham City orders the District Attorney and a Police Commissioner to increase police activity. Harvey Dent (Billy Dee Williams - Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Guiding Light (1952)) is the District Attorney. James "Jim" Gordon (Pat Hingle - The Land Before Time (1988), Batman Forever (1995), Batman Returns (1992)) is the Police Commissioner, who joins with Harvey to prepare for the city’s bicentennial.

Mob boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance - The Swan Princess (1994), Tango & Cash (1989), City Slickers (1991)) discovers his mistress Alicia cheating on him with Jack Napier, who is his second-in-command. Corrupt police lieutenant Max Eckhardt (William Hootkins - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Flash Gordon (1980)) help Carl in his effort to murder Jack. Jack (Jack Nicholson - The Shining (1980), The Departed (2006), As Good as It Gets (1997), Chinatown (1974)) killed Max leading us to see Batman who came appears mysteriously. Jack was accidentally knocked into chemical waste while fighting with Batman. Batman (Michael Keaton - Birdman (2014) or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014), Batman Returns (1992), Spotlight (2015)) left the scene after he assumed that Jack was dead.

Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents being murdered when he was younger and inherited everything which made him into a young billionaire industrialist. Jack’s appearance changed after coming in contact with the chemical which makes him horribly disfigured with emerald-green hair, permanent ruby-red grin/smile and chalk-white skin resulting in being known as The Joker. The Joker is unhappy and seeks revenge on Carl which ended in Carl’s death/murder and Joker taking over his criminal empire. Carl is not the only one on Jokers list as he now sets out to seek revenge on Batman/Bruce Wayne for causing him to fall into the chemical.

Gotham’s residents soon became scared as they discovered who The Joker is as he terrorizes the city. It was so cruel when he laced hygiene products with a chemical that made people laugh to death when used in a certain way. The movie progresses to be an enjoying adventure as Batman tries to take down Joker and save Gotham.

All of the actors gave marvelous performances with their respective roles. The special effects, sound, light, sets, makeup, and costumes were all excellent and could not have been better. I gave this movie an eight because there was goofs, mishaps and was at times a little slow but everything made up for the slowness.

About Batman 1989

Title: Batman
Year: 1989
Runtime: 126 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.5/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
Starring: Michael Gough, William Hootkins, Christopher Fairbank, Tracey Walter, Mac McDonald, Christian Wolf-La'Moy, Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Paul Birchard, Sam Douglas, Rocky Taylor, Carl Chase, David Baxt, Philip Tan, Pat Hingle, Kim Basinger, Leon Herbert, Del Baker, George Lane Cooper, Keith Edwards, Edwin Craig, George Roth, Richard Durden, Steve Plytas, Jerry Hall, Lachele Carl, Sharon Holm, Vincent Wong, Garrick Hagon, Pam Rose
Writers: Bob Kane, Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren
Director: Tim Burton

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