Friday, July 20, 2012

Your Bat-Weekend at the Bat-Movies

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993): Or: yes, this actually came out in theaters. Briefly, but it did happen, and I did see it on the big screen. Until the Nolan series, I took solace in Mask of the Phantasm as a stronger big-screen companion to my beloved Batman Returns than Burton's first film. It doesn't have much in common with Burton's wintry-carnival aesthetic; faithful viewers of Batman: The Animated Series will recall a more noirish, art-deco visual scheme (Burton's has these touches, but his Gotham looks less inhabited—a bit more like, well, a movie set), as well as Batman stories that frequently involved detective work, absent from most of the live-action films. Those values get carried over in this mature feature-length version, even if it's too truncated at under eighty minutes. Andrea Beaumont, the fiction love interest concocted for this film, is more complex than many of her live-action counterparts. Grade: A-

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