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Batman Forever

The 1995 movie directed by Joel Schumacher

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A New Look For The Bat

  • Apr 8, 2004
"Batman Forever" isn't a top-tier comic-to-screen flick. What it is, however, is the best of the three subpar sequels of the "Batman" franchise so far. It's nowhere near as dark or moody as the first two movies, primarily due to the director, Joel Schumacher. It's a different type of film more akin to the cheesy TV series with Adam West. Don't get me wrong, it's still a fairly serious movie, but the mood of the film, from costumes to Gotham City, is more lighthearted than the first two films.

Val Kilmer has been knocked often for playing "Batman." Honestly, I think he does a fine job. Expectations weren't as high for Michael Keaton, and when he pulled off the "Batman" character with style, audiences were blown away. Kilmer was merely considered too average. Playing Bruce Wayne wasn't considered much of a stretch for him, but he more than sufficed.

The story runs along at a fairly decent pace. We're given the origins of "Robin," "Riddler," and "Two-Face." Once again, "Batman" has to fight two baddies at once, which is my largest complaint with all of the "Bat" sequels. Why do we need more than one villain in order to make a story interesting? As far as I'm concerned, there was no need for the "Two-Face" character. He was boring, out of place, and simply used to usher in the appearance of "Robin."

The "Riddler" character was fun. A little over-the-top, but not annoying, Jim Carrey did a good job. I was actually worried about him going too far with the character.

The rest of the cast is boring. The story is moderate, and the visuals are nice to look at, but that's all. Once again, effects have replaced the plot in order to drag in the largest demographic possible.

In closing, "Batman Forever" is eye candy. It's cool to look at and fun to watch, but when all is said and done, you've witnessed a marketing tool to push toy and t-shirt sales. It's the best of the worst, so lets hope that a new sequel comes soon that will do the "Batman" franchise justice.

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Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
Bright and fun Batman movie with a new Batman, new sets, new car and new villians. Really refreshing after the gloom and doom of Batman Returns but it's nothing special.
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Colorful mish mash of action, pretty lights and all new sets, and an all new Batman. Not as bad as some claim it is but it's not a masterpiece.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Jim Carrey didn't do The Riddler justice, and it's a shame. The soundtrack was better than the movie.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
i love anything and everything batman and i love nicole kidman and jim carey alot
review by . September 30, 2009
Val Kilmer as Batman
I'm going to be honest, when I was younger this was my favorite Batman movie.  I liked the first two, but with a new director, the costumes, the wonderful toys and the sets were new, fun and different.      I think alot of other people feel the same way.  It's no secret that Batman Returns was a dismal and real kid unfriendly movie and it became a francize that no one was rushing towards anymore.  Everything I said above changed that overnight.      …
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2009
A nice step away from the dark void that Batman Returns was. Visuals get overblown at times but it's still fun. Val is good as Batman.
review by . September 20, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Nicole Kidman looks great     Cons: Poorly directed     The Bottom Line: From now on, forget the star rating. Just look at the recommendation.     Batman Forever is a cartoon. It doesn’t quite mimic a cartoon the way Batman and Robin does, putting cartoon sounds into scenes, and there aren’t any bubbles reading “Oof!” or “Pow!” like there were on the old television show either. But Batman Forever, …
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Gotham City is once again under siege, this time by the mind-controlling Riddler and the diabolical Harvey Two-Face. The Caped Crusader cleans up with the help of his new side-kick Robin in this effects-laden thrill ride.
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