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Tim Burton's caped crusader is back for a sequel
"Batman Returns" is one of the best super hero sequels that I've seen. The film is based off the popular comic book character of the same name. In the movie, Batman (Michael Keaton) is forced to take on a few new enemies. Facing the wrath of a deformed Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot (Danny DeVito) whom is bent on being accepted by Gotham City through any means possible. Whether it be running for mayor or through killing all the first born sons of Gotham City. Meanwhile, Batman deals with a complex love/hate relationship with Sylina Kyle/Catwoman (Michelle Pfiefer) whom is transformed into Catwoman after being killed by corrupt billionaire Max Shrek (Christopher Walken). To some fans, this movie may come off as too dark, but I think Burton has given the movie kind of a dark twisted love story to go with the same theme of the last film that makes it worth watching. Michael Keaton was excellent in this role, and the chemistry between him and Pfiefer was superb. And of course, Danny DeVito does to the Penquin what Jack Nicholson did to the Joker, letting everyone know that this isn't your saturday morning cartoon character. Overall, this movie may not be appropriate for kids but if your a fan of Burton's last Batman film, then this one doesn't disappoint.
Danny DeVito was just awesome as the Penquin. He not only nailed that character, but he did what Jack Nicholson did for the Joker in the last film. In that, he proved that this isn't cartoon version character. In one scene, Penquin orders to have all the first born children in Gotham City murdered and when one of his henchmen disagreed, well...he shot him. Also, it was Burton's direction that came through again.
Burton's gothic dark direction worked well in this film. Even adding a twisted love story in which both Bruce and Sylina have an affair in which they try to be together but because they are so much alike they can't. In one scene, it shows Bruce and Sylina at a costume ball in which everyone wore costumes except them. When they asked each other why they didn't dress up, they both responded that they were both tired of wearing masks. It was at this point (Warning: Spoiler Alert) when they find out each other's identities. The audience is able to feel sorry for these characters because, in the begining of the film, both Sylina and Bruce are portrayed as two characters who wish to live a normal life and when they found each other. Their romance started to grow, and it seemed possible for them to live happily together but soon realized that can never happen. It's a sad love story. However, it was mainly a strong influence on the film because the chemistry of Keaton and Pfiefer was just solid.
Keaton and Pfiefer's chemistry together could only be described as great. Heck, I would even go as far as to say that I liked this love story over the one in Burton's last Batman film. Throughout the entire film, Catwoman and Batman play "cat and mouse" with each other. In one scene, Catwoman tells how deadly a kiss can be if you mean it after kicking Batman's ***. This creates kind of a deadly erotic rivalry between the characters. Leaving the audience in suspense the whole time. One moment you find Catwoman seducing Batman when she touches him but only to find that she was only trying to scratch him. Taking their game of "cat and mouse" to a deadly erotic level. Bruce and Sylina are basically played as two people trying to live normal lives, but they can't due to obvious circumstances. For example, in one scene, when Keaton and Pfiefer are making out, they both try to cover up their wounds they had when they fought each other as their alter egos. Thus, creating an ackward moment between them that left the viewers hanging.
Unfortunately, that's not to say that this film isn't flawed. I'll admit this movie does seem a bit dark for younger fans. I can even remember parents complaining about the Catwoman outfit (surprisingly wasn't the case for a naked woman in "X-Men"). Yes, with graphic scenes of murder like when Sylina is pushed out of a window, can be disturbing for younger viewers. Another problem, was too many villains. Because Batman fought three villains in this film, the story didn't have the same rivalry build up like the last one. Primarily, the story had to be concentrated on building the relationships with various characters. However, none of this ruins the film.
"Batman Returns" is truly one of the best super hero sequels of all time. With great acting and directing, it's no wonder this film became a modern classic. I honestly wouldn't recommend this film to younger viewers, but if your a Batman fan, then this one doesn't fail to please.