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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.
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…
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.
This is so unbelievably bad. It is a wonder this did not kill the franchise.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sometimes, in very short spots, this film does deliver - and it's usually when Val Kilmer is monologuing. There's also some cool (very 90s/early cgi) shots - the bat in shadow flying, batman swooping down, and so on.
But it has a huger number of cringey moments... most of Two-Faces stuff, the batmans-ass-in-rubber shot, some terrible lines ('I'll get Drive-Thru' straight after an awesome build up), some of the crime solving that feels way too much like the 60s Batman (solving riddles will always feel that way maybe?), and the silly dynamic between Bruce Wayne, Batman and Chase. There's also ridiculous but fun stuff, like the safe being swung back into its original place, the car driving up the wall,…
"Holey rusted metal, Batman!"
"The ground, it's all metal. It's full of holes. You know, holey."
Yes, the entire film is as bad as hearing that same crappy callback to the original series on a continuous loop for three hours straight.
I shall start on a positive. The only thing i liked about this movie was Batman. Which is good because it is called Batman Forever. I thought that Val Kilmer did a much better job as Batman than Michael ever did. This movie also felt more about Batman/Bruce Wayne. He finally felt like a main character in one of his movies.
Okay now negatives. There are way too many to write paragraph by paragraph so i shall summarize;…
Well, that was sure made in the 90s.
I'm giving this film 2 stars at least because Nicole kidman is smoking hot in this movie and Val kilmer worked as Batman what I didn't like about this film were Jim Carrey as the riddler, Tommy Lee Jones as two face, Chris O Donell as robin, Joel Schumacher as the director, over the top acting, its over long, shiny colours and bat nipples.
The beginning of the end for the 1990s Batman reign but entertaining nonetheless. My personal theory for how Batman Forever and Batman & Robin opted for a more silly approach is that Schumacher was attempting to inject the goofiness of the 1960s Batman into the films. A fatal flaw, as Batman & Robin would later demonstrate.
Easily the best Val Kilmer Batman movie.
I am glad Batman Forever didn't last forever...but it kinda felt like it.
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