Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Top Five Michael Keaton Roles

 While I haven't seen every movie with him in it, it's hard to deny that Michael Keaton is a good actor and that he's been in quite a number of good movies. Here's my top five.
5. The Vulture/Adrian Toomes (Spider-Man Homecoming) 
 Kind of an ironic role as Michael Keaton became pretty famous for being Batman, but in the MCU he's a villain. Before Spider-Man Homecoming, I always thought The Vulture was a pretty lame villain. But I liked his powers, but his human alter ego was pretty good especially as Peter ends up going to prom with his daughter. Talk about awkward.  

4.  Riggan Thomson (Birdman)
This was a role that almost got Keaton an Oscar, he plays a former superhero actor (hitting close to home there) who wants to make a wonderful play. The depths of his obsession and madness is rather difficult to forget.  

3. Ray Kroc (The Founder) 
One of his few (if the only) roles based on real people, he plays Ray Kroc who "founded" McDonalds. The film doesn't portray Kroc was some of kind of fast food deity, but rather the slimeball he really was in real life. I was really shocked that this whole movie and Keaton got snubbed around Oscars time. 

2. Bruce Wayne (Batman)  
While comic book movies didn't get taken seriously until the early 2000's, Tim Burton's Batman was one of the exceptions to the rule. While the movie could not have been what it was without Tim Burton or Jack Nicholson, Keaton impressed many here. Funny enough when the news broke that he was cast, Batman fans flipped because of his more comedic roles in the past. A future generation of Batman fans would do the same with Heath Ledger as the Joker, and be so-so wrong about their fears. 

1. Betelgeuse (Beetlejuice) 
His character is technically spelled Betelgeuse, but who could forget a character like Beetlejuice? Not quite a hero, not quite a villain, but he sure was creepy and yet charming as well. Perhaps one day we might see Keaton re-take the role in the sequel that's been speculated for about three decades now. 


Kati said...

Yeah, I liked him in The Founder, too!

Have a great day,
Almost Stylish

Jenn said...

Nice! I always liked Michael Keaton!

Marg said...

He is certainly one good actor.

Kirk said...

I liked him as the brash go-getter in Ron Howard's Night Shift (1982) Also the stay-at-home father in Mr. Mom.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's also ironic that in #4, his character's faded past glory was as the superhero "Birdman" and in #5, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," his villain persona is a literal bird-man, The Vulture.

Mary Kirkland said...

I really liked him in Batman.

Martha said...

I have to agree, he's a pretty good actor.

Pat Hatt said...

Beetlejuice sure is a winner. The Dream Team was a fun one too. Multiplicity wasn't bad, as long as you turned your brain off.

Fundy Blue said...

I really enjoyed Beetlejuice which seems like forever ago.

Birgit said...

Beetlejuice is great and so is his Batman and I remember the hint was that his chin was weak and he could never pull off the dark knight but he did. I also loved him in Birdman and thought he was going to win the Oscar. I liked hi. In Mr. Mom