Another viewing of Tim Burton's Batman in the books. I've already reviewed this film on MFC (a 7/10), but I just wanted to reiterate that despite its flaws, I still love it. There's just something about this film that brings back a very specific feeling of nostalgia; a charm if you will that I just can't ignore. While it lacks the contemporary backdrop and realism of Nolan's interpretation, there is no denying its impact and memorability.
Here is a short list of why I still enjoy Batman (1989)
1. The dark and gritty presentation of Gotham City and the overall tone. No, this movie is not for children and never will be.
2. The cast: Micheal Keaton and Jack Nicholson may not be everyone's cup of tea these days, but I think their performances work well for this film. You know, I don't mind Kim Basinger either....
3. Danny Elfman's masterful score. One of my favorite scores of all time, when the organ drops down in The Batman Theme, I still get chills.
4. The production design and costumes. Again, to some these things may seem dated, but I dig the look and feel of everything. The Bat-mobile from this film is still a work of art in my opinion.
5. Now the underdog of Bat-media. The fact is, this film isn't nearly as popular or highly regarded anymore. Audiences and geeks have moved on I suppose (yes, to Nolan's films of course). Here in lies another reason I still love this movie. It's old-school shit and it still represents, at least partially, the character of Batman to me.