Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Courage now, truth always...
The Dark Knight of Gotham City confronts a dastardly duo: Two-Face and the Riddler. Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Two-Face believes Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side. And Edward Nygma, computer-genius and former employee of millionaire Bruce Wayne, is out to get the philanthropist; as The Riddler. Former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, his family killed by Two-Face, becomes Wayne's ward and Batman's new partner Robin.
Looks like I'm in the minority when it comes to this film. I actually really enjoyed Batman Forever. Sure it's over the top, silly, and has no real substance. But I had a surprisingly good time watching it. I enjoyed the heck out of Jim Carrey as The Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face; even though they were both cheesy. However, I can totally understand why someone would not like this film.
Much like everyone has their own James Bond movie, the one they fondly remember from childhood, most people roughly 30 & under doubtless have their own Batman movie and, without question, Batman Forever was mine. After at least a decade since last watching this, I was immediately transported back to the 13 year old callow youth mesmerised in the cinema as Elliot Goldenthal's rousing Bat-theme blasted in as the names of Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones et al raced at us across the screen in typically overblown theatrical fashion, in many ways setting the tone for everything that follows. I loved Batman Forever when I was 13. Do I love it now? Maybe a little. Do I think Joel Schumacher made…
If only Tim Burton had returned for the third Batman movie: Michael Keaton would have returned as Batman; Billy-Dee Williams as Harvey Two-Face; and Burton's unique gothic style that made the first two movies so good. Everything I read about Tim Burton's vision for this film, from Marlon Wayans as Robin and Rene Russo as the love interest, sounds so interesting and I have no doubt he could have made it work. This film could have been so good.
Instead, Warner Bros. panicked after parents' reactions to the unchild-friendly Batman Returns and demoted Tim Burton to Executive Producer. Now we get Joel Schumacher's camp-fest, complete with Bat-nipples, that wouldn't look out of place alongside the 60's TV show.
Joel Schumacher destroyed the Batman franchise, but let's look at the positives: had Batman Forever and Batman & Robin been successful, we may never have gotten Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
Nicole Kidman looks even better in HD.
Part 4 of my Batmanathon
Oh boy, this is certainly a step down, isn’t it? I went in with a completely open mind. I am by no means a Joel Schumacher hater, and even like some of his films quite a bit (Phone Booth in particular, don’t judge me). However, I do remember not liking the film when I first saw it but after the first 3 instalments of my Batmanathon going so well, I was genuinely ready to love this movie.
Alas, love it I did not.
Now, what is actually the problem with Batman Forever? On the surface it kind of resembles the Burton films which I liked so much, it has the comic book humour that made…
I have no idea why I thought this was a competently made movie when I reviewed this earlier in the year. It isn't.
For the 75th Anniversary of Batman, I decided to hit up my local comic book shop, pick up a few Batman comics, watch Batman: The Brave and the Bold (great series, highly recommended), and rewatch a few Batman films with my friends. Unfortunately, we weren't able to finish our double feature of Batman Forever/The Dark Knight and I ended up with pretty deep regret that we didn't watch The Dark Knight first.
First of all, Batman Forever doesn't feel like a comic book movie. It feels like a caricature of a comic book movie. It feels like…
The closest a movie can come to a comic book in a wacky neon light show of corny dialogue and gay subtext.
Not even enthusiastic five-year-olds can save this one. This is an unabashed piece of shit.
Am I the only one that thinks Val was a good choice for Bruce Wayne?
"Holey rusted metal, Batman!"
Batman Forever could have been much more. The Riddler and Two-Face both had interesting aspects to them, but Val Kilmer as Batman just did not do it for me. There were a few funny lines in this movie, and at times the story became interesting. Overall, I was left disappointed.
There are many criticisms of this film, and most of them are apt. But it is in three particulars that Batman Forever fails profoundly.
#1: Making Two-face play second fiddler to The Riddler is a gross error. In narrative terms, you've prioritized a cloud of mosquitoes over a Bengal tiger. In acting terms, you've forced Tommy Lee Jones - a raging asshole in person, but one of the finest actors of his generation nonetheless - to mug wildly and play second fiddle to Jim Carrey in full-blown ego monster mode. You can argue there are little grace notes to find in both actor's performances here, but it's a chore to sit through these two trying so hard with so little…
Schumacher else takes Tim Burton's wacky Batman world and turns it into something that's still wacky, but simply... not as good. It's entertaining and well-made for a little action/superhero flick, but it's riddled with problems. First off there's Val Kilmer as Batman... let's just be happy that the mask covers up his face most of the time. Then there's Jim Carrey as the Riddler, whose design just looks transsexual and whose goofy humor rarely succeeds. Tommy Lee Jones gives a one-dimensional but solid performance as Two-Face, while Robin is okay but takes away some of the grittiness. It's a mixed bag that can be sleek at times, but mostly leaves you wanting a certain bit of... quality.
Master Pancake screening. I had forgotten how damn goofy this movie is.
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I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
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