Batman movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This slow but classic superhero film will likely entertain most action viewers. There’s great acting and adventure, but there’s some violence.


Batman, a masked vigilante in Gotham City, fights against crime to keep the citizens safe. But he soon comes to battle Jack Napier, who turns into the Joker and threatens to take over Gotham City.

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Movie details

Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance
Writer: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren
Release Date (Australia): 31 August 1989
Runtime: 126 minutes/2h 6m
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA, UK
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film includes mild themes of murder and crime, in addition to sequences that feature menace and threat.

Violence (M)

The film includes several fight scenes that feature people being shot and punched. There are infrequent depictions of blood detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains occasional use of the word “s**t”.

Drug Use (G)

There is a brief reference made to drug use.

Nudity (PG)

A painting of a nude woman with breast detail is viewed.

Sex (PG)

The film contains sexual innuendo and implied sexual activity.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Tim Burton’s Batman takes way too much time with an inconsequential drama frame which completely forgets about the heroes, villains and action. Unless you’re really into these superhero adventures, there’s nothing much for you to appreciate. People are going to expect epic action and frequent special effects. Batman thankfully ticks that box… the special effects box at least. Especially for the 80s, the special effects in this film are an awesome blast! However, the action sequences and excitement are both disappointingly infrequent.

The film could’ve at least achieved intriguing chatter. Regrettably, majority of the film’s dialogue usually revolves around forgettable topics that make the film more boring than brilliant. What’s with all the hype for a rarely exciting and overly chatty action flick?

The only exciting moments are the scenes relating to the Joker’s crazy, occasionally hysterical attitude. If it weren’t for Jack Nicholson, this film would be a complete fail. Discussing the actual superhero, Michael Keaton’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne is so flat and tedious, that the Batman is just forgettable. Overall, the entire cast did great; the screenwriting is the highlight of the terrible pace. Batman is just way too long and tedious, but the special effects and stars are what decrease the hate.

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