Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Superhero films had always been known to be simplistic and light-hearted but likable tales of ‘Good versus Evil’. Tim Burton reversed that trend with his pair of forays into the legendary creations of Bob Kane, and provided the template that would be followed thenceforth. Batman, the first of those two films, wasn’t just quirky but also a dark and disturbing take on the vigilante justice doled out by the caped crusader as multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who loves dressing in the ludicrous Batman suit, has been portrayed here as a weird guy living a dual life who isn’t really much different from his antagonist and arch-nemesis, viz. Joker (Jack Nicholson). Horribly disfigured upon being accidentally thrown in into a vat of industrial chemicals, Joker represents the darkest sides of human nature with his manic outbursts and propensity for massacre and mayhem, yet the two principal characters of the tale essentially represents the two sides of the same coin. Jack Nicholson played the role of the gleefully psychopathic and suitably cartoonish Joker to absolute perfection. Keaton was also decent, though he was rather in a supporting role vis-à-vis his more charismatic enemy. Kim Bassinger played the love interest in the movie. Burton made good use of music, what from a technical standpoint what really stood out were the excellent cinematography as also the terrific creation of the urban jungle of Gotham City that was Blade Runner-esque in its depiction.
Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Action/Crime/Superhero Film