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Batman Returns (DVD)
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Batman Returns (DVD)
Advantages: Great acting and mood
Disadvantages: Plot loses its way slightly at times
This is the second of the more modern Batman films, released in 1992. As with Batman in 1989, it is directed by Tim Burton, and stars Michael Keaton as Batman.
A new threat is terrorising Gotham City. The combination of corrupt businessman Max Shreck and the hideously deformed Penguin are threatening to take over the city, and only Batman has the power to stop them. In amongst it all, a new character emerges, the secretive Catwoman, who seems to have the powers of a cat, and who appears to have a hidden agenda of her own. She will let no one stop her, including the Dark Kinght, Batman.
The Cast and Performances
Michael Keaton once again reprises his role as Batman. Whereas in the film, Jack Nicholson stole the show with a superb performance as the Joker, the villains here are multiple, and all actors perform brilliantly. Christopher Walken gives a very arrogant performance as Shreck, and Danny DeVito is superb as the deformed Penguin. I would have to say that, of the top billing stars, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman is on top. Her portrayal of a jilted woman hell bent on revenge, in the most seductive and deadly of ways, is one of her best performances.
Other actors reprise their roles from the first film, and do so admirably once more. Pat Hingle stars as Commissioner Gordon, and Michael Gough supports as Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred. The remainder of the cast provide solid support.
While I place highly the performances on show here, and I belive this to be a very good film, the plot does somewhat suffer. I had the impression the plot was forced, whereas in the first film it was very much the foundation for the film. At times, scenes with the Penguin and Max Shreck seem to lose their way.
But this does not really detract from what is a very good film. Although not a patch on the first Batman film, Burton has managed to recreate the dark and moody streets of Gotham that the Dark Knight is forced to defend. This I enjoyed, and was rather disappointed to find out he was not to be making the third Batman film.
A very good Batman film, but the plot loses its way a little at times, and seems forced.
I rate this film at 4 stars out of 5.
The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £5.98.
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Summary: Batman Returns (1992)