It was my intention to not cover movies at all here at DS90Gamer. I did exactly this on my previous (now defunct) blog and it was a big part of the reason why I lost interest in the whole blog 'thing' and called it a day. However, I've been tempted to do a bit here and there while keeping it brief and refraining from doing proper reviews (I'll leave that to people who do it much better than I could). So here is the first in a very, very occasional series of posts about the films I have recently watched.
Released - 1989 Starring - Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger
Initially I was a bit underwhelmed. Burton's art direction and dark yet humorous depiction of Gotham City is the main draw here and I did indeed think that Batman was amazing from a visual stance. However, I was less convinced by any of the characters and especially Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne. It's actually very hard to describe why I felt slightly disappointed but if I had to guess then I'd say that having not watched this film in the late 80's when it was brand-new and infinitely superior to all the prior, awful superhero movies would account for why I didn't 'get' it. Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker 100% saves the movie however as he is convincingly crazy and makes the role his own. I would even go as far as to say that his version is more than a match for Heath Ledger's celebrated portrayal of the same character. Overall, it was still a great film and I would certainly re-watch it in the future.
Released - 1992 Starring - Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer
Like its direct predecessor, I really enjoyed Returns and would totally watch it again but it didn't wow me as much as I expected it to. I think if the Catwoman character and storyline had been included in the original alongside Nicholson's Joker, there would have been a terrific movie. It sounds like I'm beating on these films but I'm honestly not; they are great adaptations of the comics and more watchable than a lot of of modern superhero flicks which truthfully, I can't be arsed with once I've been bombarded with the hype.
Released - 2013 Starring - Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal
Grudge Match is the story of two aged veteran boxers (who aren't Rocky and Raging Bull) with a score to settle. Naturally, these two over-the-hill characters decide to get back into shape for a big showdown. There's a mix of macho moments, emotive segments and comedy but there's none of the magic of Rocky (to reference another boxing film) for example. You could argue that the film is in fact a bit self indulgent and simply a vehicle for two Hollywood icons to cash another cheque but while it does nothing spectacular, it's also no disaster. It's entertaining, straightforward and a standalone movie at least rather than some form of terrible sequel sewn onto the coat tails of an existing, retired franchise. Ultimately, I enjoyed it for what it was and there's no doubting that Sly and Bobby bring a certain presence to any movie no matter how formulaic it may be. Decent.