Weekend Watch: Batman Returns (1992)
This weekend we need a hero. We also need really excellent villains, brilliant cinematography and a phenomenal cast. Sure, a few movies could tick these boxes, but it's this sequel particularly that we are thinking of. Find your biggest bath towel, fashion a cap and sit back for Batman Returns.
From the Sewers of Gotham, and New Villain Emerges. From the Rooftops of Gotham, the Purrrfect Enemy Comes to Life. And the Only One Who Can Save this City, is a Creature of the Night.
On Christmas, a wealthy couple give birth to their first child, Oswald Cobblepot (Danny DeVito), a baby with severe deformities. Disgusted by their offspring, they discard the baby into the sewer where he floats away. Oswald ends up in the company of penguins who presumably raise him.
Fast forward 30 plus years and billionaire Max Shrek (Christopher Walken) is proposing a new power plant to the city of Gotham. During his speech, the procession comes under attack by the disgraced circus troupe, The Red Triangle Gang. Shrek is abducted and taken to the sewer where he meets Oswald, now named Penguin, who blackmails him in exchange for re-introducing the Penguin to society. As this is happening, Shrek's assistant, Selena Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) discovers Shrek's true intentions with the plant, but is attacked before she can speak out. Unbeknownst to her boss, Selena survives and plots her own revenge. As evil starts to grip Gotham, the city's creature of the night can be depended on - Batman (Michael Keaton). How will Batman save the city this time? Watch to find out!
It's rare when a sequel outdoes its predecessor, but in this case, Batman Returns shines. Director Tim Burton's vision for the film shines, perhaps just a little bit more so than in his original Batman (don't get us wrong though, that is one heck of a brilliant film! And that Prince soundtrack....divine) The cast are exceptional and the storylines are all meaty enough to get the viewer totally involved. We hope you enjoy this weekend's watch!
Batman Returns can be rented online from Amazon Prime, Google Play and YouTube for £3.49 (**Prices and availability correct at time of post**)