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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.
"Was that over the top? I can never tell."
Batman Forever is more of an extension of Burton's two Gothic tragedy pieces than many realize, both in their joyous, external depictions of internally traumatized villains and in the continuous back and forth progression of campy banter. Schumacher, while hired to veer the series back into kid-friendly territory, also understood that after Batman Returns, an eerie, haunting exploration of various wounds and fetishes, nothing could top it. Instead director Schumacher and Michael Keaton replacement Val Kilmer shake an already strange depiction of Gotham City and infuse neon sights, homoerotic overtones, and an icy pitch-black layer of overblown goofiness to mix with Burton's original character foundation.
It is in many aspects…
"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.
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.
An almost-offensive step backward from Tim Burton's excellent "Batman" and "Batman Returns," Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" expunges the franchise's authentic darkness, weight, and soul in exchange for neon colors, overwrought silliness, and superficial spectacle. Reducing Bob Kane's cape and cowl wearing crime fighter and his shadow-concealed heroism to a plastic, studio-scrubbed superhero works in terms of building a crowd-pleasing antidote to Burton's elegant esoterica, but it does not create anything with depth or resonance. Still, Schumacher's film is committed to its new direction and is able to entertain despite its frustrating emptiness.
Beginning with winky one-liners and scenery-chewing characters, "Batman Forever" instantly begins down a new tonal path. It is, once again, an operatic superhero outing, but the narrative eschews…
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…
kind of fun but only really valuable for nicole kidman being incomprehensibly gorgeous and val kilmer's lisp
"tell me, doctor...do you like the thircus?"
Could be worse, Could be better. Batman Forever is basically a neon dystopian/Jim Carrey comedy, there are moments where it feels like it came straight out of a goofy comic book which works well most of the time but other times Joel Schumacher's weak direction for this movie can show at times, and to also mention Val Kilmer as Batman and Bruce Wayne he has a great look and voice as batman and Wayne but when ever he tells a scripted joke its pretty cringey but over all Kilmer did fine, a good point to bring up is that batman and robin would have not been as bad if Kilmer returned instead of George Clooney filling in. so at best Batman Forever is a goofy guilty pleasure.
The last movie that i watched before this one was Batman returns , so every year when i watch Batman '89 or Batman returns it gets me into a Batman mood so today i watched Batman forever . In this one we get a new Batman aka Val Kilmer and new villains with Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two face . We even get Robin in the movie played by Chris O'Donnel and than i'm not even talking about Nicole Kidman , well i guess i just did so more than a descent cast .
The movie isn't as dark as the previous 2 Batman movies but much more goofy . If you like a…
Riddle me this - how the fuck did this film get nominated for 3 Oscars?
I love twink Chris O'Donnell, batsuit nipples, ass shots, and hunky evil henchmen.
I know this movie had a reputation as being one of the terrible Batman movies. It is absolutely ridiculous but... I actually had a pretty good time watching. I've always thought Batman's villains were significantly more interesting than Batman himself, and that's absolutely true here. Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones turn the ham up to 11 here and while their performances ride RIGHT on the fence of being annoying, they end up making a really welcome respite from an extremely boring everything regarding Batman. Val Kilmer is 100% the weakest link here, both his villains and his sidekicks outshine him while he just kind of sits around and looks conflicted and confused. Hurray for a delightfully silly supporting cast…
I like to call this my favorite Batman film, but then maybe I don’t like Batman all that much. I certainly don’t take him seriously. The irreverence here is strong, but infused with cartoon wackiness that’s a lot of fun. Batman drives the Batmobile straight up a wall to escape his pursuers. How does he get it back down again? I don’t know.
Remember when comic book movies meant big name actors were paid huge amounts of money to act like fucking lunatics? Kidman vamps it up from start to finish. O’Donnell’s performance goes down in camp history for the line “hey, so I forgot my suit, all right?” and so many others. Jones and Carrey seem engaged in a scenery-chewing contest — in spite of or perhaps because of their reputed on-set animosity.
There is something to be said for how much I enjoyed this movie, in spite of how terrible it is in terms of everything outside of craft. Carrey managed to get a few chuckles, through I remembered the jokes clearly from when I watched this movie 8000 times as a kid. Sometimes he tips too far into annoying, while other times he is the right amount of Adam West Batman zany. Meanwhile, what the hell is Tommy Lee Jones doing here?
The film itself is what it is. The craft is actually pretty impressive and fun--sound, score, cinematography, and especially art design are pleasurable to experience. The colors here so so vibrant, an interesting contrast from Burton's dreary entries .…
A still entertaining, old, childhood favorite for sure. So fun and visually-pleasing. Production Design/Art Direction and cinematography.
Here's the list for December, I'm posting early as I'm going on a Thanksgiving Vacation, I'll be back Nov 29,…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!