Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman Mask Of The Phantasm is an animated feature length spin off from the critically acclaimed animated series, which ran in the early 90’s. The film is intelligent, entertaining, and mature. It’s easily one of the best super-her movies of all time, animated or otherwise.

In the film, local gangsters are terrorized by a new villain by the name of Phantasm. Having been framed for the continually rising body count, Batman faces heat from both sides of the law, the mafia and police department.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne’s former fiance returns to Gotham for unfinished business. As Bruce begins to come to terms with the regrets from his past, the mystery of the Phantasm begins to unravel, ultimately leading to a battle with the Dark Knight’s arch rival, the Joker.

The action in the movie is phenomenal. Both in costume and out, the dark knight battles foes ranging from common street muggers to powerful terrorists, with varying degrees of success. The action is suspenseful and exhilarating, as we see the human struggles of Batman interfere with his superhero persona.

The emotional impact of this film is just as impressive as the action. The relationship between Bruce and his long lost love Andrea is believable and tragic, while Bruce Wayne’s internal conflict creates a complex and sympathetic character. Also, the Joker is very entertaining in the film, and adds a comic relief to an otherwise dark feature.

For a PG-rated film, the movie is shockingly dark and mature. Dealing with themes of murder, revenge, betrayal, and lust, not to mention the bloody violence and implied sex, one can be assured this film was not made for children.

In conclusion, the film is a fantastic addition to the Batman film series, and is vastly superior to many of the live action films. If you get the chance, check it out.

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