Batman Film Anaylsis

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Jessica Jackson
Film Review (Batman)
13 November 2012

Batman rated PG-13, released in 1989 was directed by Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jack Nicholson as Jack/The Joker, and Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale. The movie’s dark theme and so-so effects and stunt left me less than impressed. Throughout this summary, I’ll go over the plot, key character roles, and film techniques. Although I did not particularly enjoy the film, I’ll leave my opinions until the end.

The 1989 release of Batman introduces us to the gloomy city of Gotham riddled by crime and political injustice. The newly inducted DA Harvey Dent promises to rid the city of crime. The human bat (Batman) is also introduced to the film, helping those in need and putting the bad guys in their place.

After being double-crossed by his boss, Jack and his men are in the fight for their lives when Batman flies or falls in to help the police catch the criminals. During his fight with Jack, Jack is sent over the rail and into chemical and is presumed dead, only to reappear later as the Joker. As the joker and his crew terrorize the city in search of Batman, the Joker develops a crush on Vicki and lures her on a date that goes terribly wrong; luckily Batman comes and saves the day. Vicki learns that Batman is more of a vigilante and not a nuisance to the city. While Vicki and the reporter, Alexander Knox played by Robert Wuhl try to uncover the identity of Batman, Vicki deals with her relationship issues with Bruce Wayne.

Bruce visits Vicki at her apartment only to be interrupted by Joker. During the ordeal Bruce realizes that the Joker formally Jack was actually the one who killed his parents.

Upon the city’s 200-year anniversary Jack calls out Batman. As the celebration happens the Joker lures many of the residents of Gotham in by giving away money, only to attempt to kill them. Soon Batman appears and the Joker and his goons and engage in a lengthy fight. The Joker...
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