Cast: Michael Keaton, Danny De Vito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, and Michael Gough
Director: Tim Burton
Synopsis: When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
As a huge fan of Batman, I enjoy all of his films (apart from Batman & Robin) and ‘Returns’ is no exception. Tim Burton keeps the gothic atmosphere and tone in the sequel to Batman 1989, while also giving us a good follow up, that manages to live up to the original.
He introduces 3 villains into this sequel, in the form of Catwoman, played excellently by Michelle Pfeiffer as the sexy, seductive secretary to Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) who also gives a stellar performance as the main villain in this entry into the series. Finally we have Cobblepot (The Penguin) played by Danny De Vito in his best performance in his entire career.
The Christmas setting is perfect, making the film feel unique and different, which looks gorgeous with the snow, lighting and cinematography, and makes watching Batman Returns a brilliant and special experience.
Danny Elfman’s score is exceptional, and easily recognisable. People who grew up in the 80’s will always recognise this score to be the definitive Batman theme. This paired with the tone, create a great blend of horror and a gothic mood, that makes other superhero films cower in embarrassment to the perfection of Batman Returns.
Michael Keaton as the caped crusader feels natural, as he gives such a believable performance that is marvellous in all it’s glory, as one of the best portrayals of Batman.
I feel that the film could have lost about 15 minutes which is why it doesn’t have 5 stars, because there are sequences that feel dragged out and, to be honest with you, boring. This impacts the pace, making it inconsistent, jerky and choppy.
In the end, Batman Returns is one of the best Batman films, that looks magnificent and wonderful, with excellent performances from Keaton, Pfeiffer, De Vito, and Walken. I recommend to any Batman fan who hasn’t seen it already!