Upon day 9 we bring a nice helping of Batman, Tim Burton Style. Now I know everyone loves the Nolan films (including myself) but I love Batman Returns, as well as Burton's first venture into comics 1989's Batman. If not for these movies we wouldn't have gotten the excellent Bruce Timm Batman: The Animated series. That show as well the X-Men animated series from the 90's got me into comics, so I must be thankful for it.
It's more Burton than the first and back when Burton wasn't churning out crap his films had a great style and was very much his own. The visuals are amazing and the cast is fantastic, with Keaton and Gough returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Alfred. We also get to enjoy Danny Devito as The Penguin, the beautiful Michelle Pfieffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and the legendary Christopher Walken as Max Shreck who isn't exactly everyone thinks he is. He's a bit of an asshole.
What makes this Christmassy?
Besides the fact it's set during Christmas, not only in the film for the most part but even during the prologue. Christmas sets up great scenes, the very beginning we begin at Gotham's annual Christmas tree lighting. But my favorite "Christmas" scene would have to be the masquerade ball. Its visually beautiful and the two characters who wear masks the most aren't wearing any. They dance and end up under some mistletoe, with this they realize who each other really are. It's a great scene.
Eli's Rating: 8.5/10