Thursday, 11 June 2015

Jokers of Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan

I just finished watching Tim Burton's dark comedy-mystery film Batman(1989). A very stylish film-very enjoyable. I loved everything about this film especially Jack-the Joker--who is the highlight of this film. Jack Nicholson's performance in this film is his best ever. It's very melancholic, psychotic and hilariously horrendous at times. This film has a lot of great things about it. The direction and the pace of the storytelling is perfect, the music in the background is very enjoyable and appealing, the performances are fantastic--but most importantly the Gotham City sets are very dark and surrealistic. 



Though it's true that one shouldn't unnecessarily compare the Batman films made in two different eras--as so much changes in terms of technology and styles--even audiences change--i feel some comparison is inevitable if you've watched Nolan's film as well. I watched Nolan's film The Dark Knight prior to  this film. Most of the people who watched Tim Burton's film in their prime might swear that it was the better film--on the other hand most of the people who love Nolan and his work would swear to death that The Dark Knight is the better film--i don't want to do that. I clearly see that both of these have some extreme finesse in certain areas. Nolan's film for example has more thrilling experience--two three events simultaneously going on--you're not able to predict what would happen gives you a rush of adrenaline. Nolan's Joker is also the greatest villain I've ever seen. The script as well as Heath Ledger have made him  a unique psychotic genius. Technology is far more advanced in Nolan's days--so action is bound to be more fascinating--but Tim Burton's action doesn't really seem outdated either as i had anticipated before watching the film. 



Tim Burton's Gotham is more surrealistic than that of Nolan's. Nolan's Gotham is just like any other city of today filled with criminals and gangsters. You feel that somehow Tim Burton's city has a magnetic pull about it. Nolan's film seems to give enough weight to other characters--like Gordon and Dent--whereas they do almost nothing and have zero charisma in Burton's film. Burton's film is heavily centered around Jack and Batman. In Burton's film despite astounding scenes which fill you with awe with Joker's unique persona played by one of the greatest actors of all time--you clearly see that Joker loses in the end---whereas in case of Nolan--film is mostly about Joker--you feel that his film is slightly pessimistic---the Joker is a clear winner and leaves Batman in the rags disappearing mysteriously. Nolan's Joker as well as his film are more haunting and mysterious. You don't know about Joker's whereabouts at all. Burton's Joker was an underdog for a while and then undergoes a metamorphosis becoming even more threatening and psychotic. But Nolan's Joker is way more menacing--a unique genius--all of whose tricks fill you with a threatening sense of awe and wonder. You remember the scene where he sets huge chunk of money on fire--which makes you wonder why he went on to execute the elaborate robbery--this scene clearly stands out for me when I compare it to Burton's Joker throwing a huge amount of cash to public. Burton's Joker is enjoying doing this with a sense of being royal in his sedan--before he starts killing people around him--but Nolan's Joker quickly puts all the money to fire--making his persona unfathomable. 

I clearly feel that Jack Nicholson's performance is greatest negative performance--but the character himself is weaker compared to Nolan's Joker. Heath Ledger has done justice with the role--still the script in itself made Joker way more enigmatic and menacing compared to Burton's Joker. The scene where Joker is dressed as a nurse and comes out of the hospital blowing it off to dust--is the most powerful negative scene I've ever seen in any film. 

I highly recommend both of these films to all readers. 

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