Film: Batman (1989) / Batman Returns (1992)

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The problem with these movies is that it appears that Burton could not less bothered about Batman, which is a shame because Michael Keaton is brilliant both as Bruce Wayne and his nut job alter-ego.  Of course both look great but Burton’s love of the villains unbalances the films to such an extent that you end up just watching ideas and a few good bits rather than a satisfying whole.

I used to be a big fan of these films.

Some things are best left in the past.

I won’t be revisiting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) any time soon.  My 10 year old self couldn’t take the disappointment.

Film: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Jogging around the Washington Monument at dawn, the spectre of Nazi science, Robert Redford and a nice dose of conspiracy give Captain America: The Winter Soldier an interesting 70’s flavour that easily makes up for the loss of the WWII on steroids vibe of the first movie but what keeps Steve Rogers on the top of the Marvel pile is the moral clarity.  Rogers does good things because that’s what you should do and he does them without the snark of Stark or the diva self-seriousness of Bruce Wayne.

Outside of the character concept the film is a cracking piece of entertainment with a very decent story that doesn’t outstay it’s welcome and that alone beats the other, really quite bobbins, Marvel movies by a long stretch.