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.
"Was that over the top? I can never tell!" screeches Jim Carrey, as garish neon strobe lighting sends epileptic viewers everywhere into frenzied seizures, Elliot Goldenthal's manically grand, cartoon-Wagner score bludgeons your eardrums into submission, and Joel Schumacher throws every single shot into a drunken dutch angle just because. Both this film and Batman & Robin give me a headache, though in the latter's case, it's more like a brainfreeze (no pun intended) after you've just slurped down too much of a brightly colored, delicious-yet-toxic slushie you got at a cheap convenience store. This film's head trauma is of a less pleasurable variety, though I've somehow grown to appreciate Carrey's histrionic mugging and the large-scale practical set designs that you don't see anymore; the level of excess on display here is borderline excruciating, but also weirdly fascinating (though its sequel well and truly eclipses it on that front).
Right from that start you can see how different this sequel is from the previous one. It’s flashier, more colorful and more campy. It really felt like they upped the camp too much though to the point of being silly. Putting nipples on the bat suit didn’t help matters and neither did the cheesy sound effect or over the top villains. Gotham City also looked odd and very cartoonish this time around and the 90’s special effect really show their age while re-watching this now. Despite there still being a lot of violence, it was easy to see this film was geared more towards kids and took a much lighter approach to the character. Jim Carrey's usual outrageous performance actually…
Val Kilmer was an okay Batman in a mediocre Batman movie.
Definition of a guilty pleasure; also, some nostalgia is in there as well, as it was not only my favorite Batman movie at 11 years old (yep, guess my age when it came out friends, win a prize), I even had the MAKING OF BOOK that came out at certain comic book stores, my first behind-the-scenes movie book. Plus, Jim Carrey so owns Edward Nygma from start to finish, like he is legitimately great here; if only Harvey Dent wasn't so goddamn silly (and Tommy Lee Jones is actually excellent casting for Dent... just not so much Two-Face).
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ain't The Riddler WACKY?
"Was that over the top? I can never tell!"
How the hell did this become the highest-grossing movie of 1995?
Studio execs wanted a kid-friendly Batman and boy, did Joel Schumacher deliver them one! This was a childhood favorite. But because of my immunity to nostalgia, Batman Forever has now revealed itself as a deeply unpleasant experience.
Completely reversing course from Tim Burton's rich, Gothic opulence, Schumacher turns Gotham City into a garish nightmare, filled with bright, tacky colors, fluorescent paint, neon lights EVERYWHERE and statues that are fucking enormous. Las Vegas looks restrained and tasteful by comparison.
And just to make absolutely sure that the audience feels like shit while watching, nearly every goddamn scene is shot at a…
I'M BATMAN [begins to flap].
I remember going to see this movie when I was just a little kid. I really wanted to see it bad, but I couldn't exactly drive to the theater since I was only six years old. I kept complaining to my dad that I wanted to see it, and eventually we went out to see it. But oh no! It isn't in the Washington theater anymore. We had to drive to another theater instead. Then we walked in during the end of the last one, so I always remember the convo scene at the end and that shot of them running out of the light.
Anyway, I bet my dad had a terrible time. There are like a handful of things that I like, but just because the movie is so dumb it can be fun to watch at times. This one makes Batman Returns look like a realistic drama.
Batman Forever forgets all about the darker direction they took the world with the Tim Burton movies and instead settles for being a neon lit live-action cartoon.
Batman still isn't a interesting character, Nicole Kidman is a generic love interest, Robin may as well have not been in the film and the villains are so over the top that it isn't even funny. The novelty of seeing Tommy Lee Jones in a crazy role where he isn't a stern straight man wears off after a while and becomes exhausting when you've also got Jim Carrey being typically eccentric as The Riddler.
It's bad and not really in an enjoyable way, with it being a dumbed down, kid-friendly take on Batman. It's also not quite bad enough to be laughable either, making it a mostly joyless film.
This movie deserves cult classic status. Over the top in every way and if love to see more blacklight-noir films in its wake.
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
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