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.
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…
Nicole Kidman looks even better in HD.
This film is one of the reasons I used to hate comic book adaptations.
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.
What happened? No Keaton? Horrible story? NIPPLES? One liners?
This is a huge letdown from Batman Returns.
I am just holding my breath for Batman and Robin.
Loved it when I was young. Kilmer isn't bad in it its just the terrible script and bad guys.
Whoever it was that came up with the idea to put Jim Carrey in a Batman film should never be allowed to get involved in a film ever again.
An updated version of the '66 Adam West Batman actually has a better grip on the character then the Tim Burton version. Over the top, for sure, but has some pretty great cinematography. Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face attempts to channel Jack Nicholson's Joker (with varying success), but Jim Carry mostly steals the show in the villain department (did I mention "over the top"?). Val Kilmer make a better Batman than Bruce Wayne. Pretty sweet Bat-cave, too. It gets very zany at points, but hardly a complete pain to watch.
A disaster of a super hero movie with too many problems to mention. It's crazy to think that the series would get even worse.
The beginning of the end. This is the first nail in the coffin of the original Batman franchise. There is an awkward tone in this because you can still see the remnants of Tim Burton's dark Batman universe, but it's intertwined with this ugly, neon infused mess that Warner Brothers created to sell more toys with. There isn't much of merit in the film. Val Kilmer is terrible, Tommy Lee Jones awful, Jim Carrey is too much and Chris O'Donnell should've never been cast. One of the few highlights of the entire debacle is the very good score written by Elliott Goldenthal. It's sad to watch this as an adult because I practically worshiped this when I was a kid in 1995. I never would've believed my beloved movie back then would actually be a glorified toy commercial that looks like a 90s laser tag arena.
what a good cast, what a terrible mess of a film
"Surf's up, Big Kahuna! Oooh, nice form, but a little rough on the landing. He may have to settle for the bronze." - Edward Nygma, the Riddler
Damn. This is a hard film to review. There are so many good things and so many bad things to comment upon, it's difficult to tell which comes out on top. Before I begin, perhaps I should explain my mindset before I approached this film. As you may or may not know, I'm a huge fan of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. After watching it, I decided to trace the Batman film roots back. The nearest thing to Nolan's trilogy was the Batman anthology (1989 - 1997), the Burton/Schumacher films. The first one…
Aqui empezo el declive de la franquicia de finales de los 80 y de los 90. Tra este film y su secuela, tuvieron que pasar casi 10 años para que se atrevieran a recuperar al personaje para la gran pantalla.
Jim Carrey queda bien como Enigma, Tommy Lee jones queda bien como Dos Caras, pero tanto uno como otro sobreactuan que da gusto, algo normal en Jim Carey, pero no tanto en Jones.
En esta ocasion, Val Kilmer se pone tras la mascara de Batman, y aunque no lo hace mal del todo, no tiene la presencia o el carisma de Keaton en las anteriores. Quizas por eso no repitio en la siguiente.
Nicole Kidman no es creible como psicologa…