Batman Forever

Batman Forever ★★★★

Here's one of the things I love most about cinema: it occurs on a continuum. So in 1995, "Batman Forever" felt bombastic and commercial, a world apart from the gothic psycho-drama of the Burton films; and when I last viewed it in 2014, it rang hollow in the wake of Nolan and what felt like his definitive take on Batman on film. But rewatching it in 4K, in a movie landscape still reeling from the pandemic? Joel Schumacher's film is precisely the kind of overtly stylized and aggressively directed vision that I miss in comic book movies. (Oh, and the soundtrack rocks.)

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