Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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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.
"Does anyone else feel like a fried egg?"
sublimely tacky, but there's very little here that doesn't have precedent in Burton's installments, and it's inarguably just as technically polished, as if the old TV show had, like, $18,000 papier-mâché rocks and state-of-the-art miniature work. i'm no longer able to see this as intrinsically awful, even if i don't particularly care for Schumacher's approach (also i think a lot of the supposedly legendary awfulness is some ugly "no homo" bullshit).
if they ever put Schwarzenegger in something like this, i might never stop laughing.
Riddle me this: How can such a formidable movie like Batman Returns be followed by such a piece of overacted crap? Whilst I recognize that Joel Schumacher's Batman films are low hanging fruit when it comes to mockery, I must say Batman Forever fully deserves it. Let's break down its inherent shittiness by spotlighting the awfully characterized parade of over-the-top idiots Schumacher tortures the audience with in order to highlight what I hated most about this film (Hint: Its the characters, I'm not the fucking Riddler)
*Speaking of him, let's start with the aforementioned Riddler (sigh). Granted the Riddler is a problematic character. His shtick of leaving hints in form of riddles is…
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…
Those neon John Carpenter sets (I paused for a while just to dig that establishing shot of the circus exterior), the miniature action sequences so fitting to the source material (Robin making a crash entrance into the bat cave, cleaning his clothes), the gliding camera movements, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey as weird and as wonderful as they've ever been. This is still the best superhero movie by far.
Nicole Kidman looks even better in HD.
how much I like it (50): 32
how good it is (50): 26
overall (100): 58
I watched all of the Batman films a lot when I was a kid. I felt the need to watch it again after these many years, I still get the enjoyment I had when I was little but now I also see the glaring faults: Jim Carey is expectedly hammy, Val Kilmer is largely bland, Nicole Kidman is completely intolerable and everything is ridiculous.
I've recently re-watched this movie and have realised why I loved it as a child, and why I despise it as an adult.
This Joel Shumacher catastrophy is the result of the WB trying to get a more marketable movie. Which is why the characters here are far lass deep and complex than the ones we came to love in the two previous films. The complexity of the Joker, Penguin, and even Catwoman is what gave the first two films their edge. And what made them interesting and worth watching.
The paper thin characters of Two face and the Riddler are more marketable to kids, who, like me, loved the movie. It was bright and colorful, the music was bombastic…
CAMINO A BATFFLECK
Tiene algún puntito interesante pero es realmente mala.
Claro que parece buena en comparación con la siguiente.
Watched it with commentary this time. Still have the same problems with the film, but Schumacher gives solid commentaries.
We all know that Batman & Robin is the superior Joel Schumacher film - not because it's better but because it's a lot more fun.
I think I want to like this one more than I do. The cast is game, Joel Schumacher's clearly committed to the style, and there's some great character stuff. But the editing and pacing both feel quite off. If some of the deleted scenes were added back in and the Jim Carrey antics were dialed back a bit, this would have been pretty damn fun.
The best Batman movie.
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