It is a highly stylized (for 1989), almost cartoonish version of Batman, with very weak characters and plot. Michael Keaton does fine, as a rather bored Bruce Wayne, with some pretty funny one-liners. His portrayal of The Batman, however, is a bland, kind of lame superhero. But you know, even a lame Batman is cool. I think it is that suit.
|The Batwing flying straight up....for no reason other than this shot.|
Aside from a couple Bruce Wayne quips, the only part that really entertained in this film was the psychotic, goofy portrayal of Joker by Jack Nicholson....sometimes. Joker gets kind of annoying, though, when he's dancing to late 80s music with his thugs, who look totally out of place with the big boombox and lame moves.
The right look is even better when you have solid depth to the characters and a great story. Having seen how good Batman films can be in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, this one really disappoints.
Batman (1989) runs 126 minutes and is rated a [soft] PG-13. I give it 6 ramheads out of 10.