Name: Batman
Year: 1989
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 126
Description: Gotham City: dark, dangerous, ‘protected’ only by a mostly corrupt police department. Despite the best efforts of D.A. Harvey Dent and police commissioner Jim Gordon, the city becomes increasingly unsafe…until a Dark Knight arises. We all know criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot…so his disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. He becomes a bat. Enter Vicky Vale, a prize-winning photo journalist who wants to uncover the secret of the mysterious “bat-man”. And enter Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for Boss Grissom, horribly disfigured after a firefight in a chemical factory…who, devoid of the last vestiges of sanity, seizes control of Gotham’s underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime…the Joker. Gotham’s only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante. And just how does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne fit into all of this?
Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

I liked the slightly more light-hearted approach of this film. Also loved and preferred Jack Nicholson as The Joker.

And the score… I’ve read a lot of negative criticism about Hans Zimmer’s Batman (whish is by no means perfect), but honestly, what a STUPID score is this! My main problem with it is, well, my main problem with Elfman in general, is: he scores everything as if it’s a joke. Nothing is ever serious, nothing has any kind of gravitas or dread (except for Dolores Claiborne). I suppose the main theme isn’t all that bad, but shouldn’t a superhero score sound… heroic? Zimmer did an excellent job there. Granted, the organ is original here, but other than that, I only liked the few romantic cues. Zimmer’s sound might be derivative (I’m not denying that), but it told a story about saving a city, whereas this score tells… some sort of other story I can’t even define.


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