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Batman Forever

The 1995 movie directed by Joel Schumacher

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As long as it's a little, razzle dazzle and neon isn't too bad.

  • Sep 30, 2009
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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.

Batman Forever brings aboard Joel Schumacher who some argue definetly has a style over substance attitude and with Batman, that isn't a horrible mixture since theres a lot of style in Batman but there is substance in the characters too.  Joel has just enough to the mix to keep some depth and to boot the movie feels more like a comic book movie should over Tim Burton's in that Burton had more depth and thus more interesting characters which is good but at the same time kept everything depressing and sad to fit a mood when comic book movies should feel a litlle more exciting and fun.

Batman is now Val Kilmer who in all honesty is probably my favorite Batman.  Beliveable in action scenes as Batman and handsome and having the right aire as Bruce Wayne.  I don't know why people didn't care for him.  Gotham City got a face lift and with all it's new lights to make the city a cheerier place.  With those new lights the city looks more Tokyo then New York now but it's a change I can live with.  Some sets like the Ritz Gotham are bathed in neon fluorescants and look ridiculous but others like The Riddler's throne room are fantastic eye candy. All the hardware from the car and plane and boat to his assorted hooks and pulleys has a new edge and look and it's nice.  As far as bat nipples go, it's another one of those things I never bothered to pay attention to until people whined about it.  Seriously, who cares?

Now the villians are where this movie goes aray for me now.  In the mid ninties, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey were some of the biggest names in cinema and surprise, they are here in this movie.  Jim Carrey I think does a better job as the Riddler then the other favorite going at the time, Robin Williams.  I'll watch Jim Carrey's mugging and Ace Ventura trappings as the Riddler before I sit and listen to Robin William's on schtick lock for two hours but Jim Carrey is more or less Jim Carrey here in green elastic.  Tommy Lee Jones I loved as Two Face, a psychotic former DA turned evil after disfiguring and brain damage, but little to none of the comic characters traits show up and after watching the character show up in the newer Nolan movies, I can't look at Tommy Lee Jones's Two Face the same way again, especially with all his cackling and laughing all the time.

The best parts involve Bruce Wayne trying to forget the pain of his parents death and having a psychologist played by the very lovely Nicole Kidman try and help him get over his grief, Bruce wouldn't mind dating her but she has her sights on another man, one who wears black rubber tights and has a cool car.  Seeing this dichotomy is interesting and shows how Bruce can get the girl in the right persona.  Yeah it is returning to the well with the dead parents issue from the first movie and it got plenty of lipservice in Batman Begins but here at least for the original four movies, it gets touched on a little more and shows why Bruce Wayne is Batman insead of leaving the whole idea as an afterthought from the first Batman.  Bruce trying to help ease a young man whoes parents were murdered is another nice parellel and would come to show how Robin comes into the picture and he wasn't as bad as I thought oringinally.  The action scenes are of course fun as always just stretching beliveability at times and not having you worry too much about Mr. Suspension of Disbelief.

Some people see Joel's name on the movie and don't give it a second thought due to his name being a part of the tarnish of Batmans legacy with the follow up, Batman and Robin.  At the very least out of all those other third movies in a francize that aren't so great like Superman III or X Men The Last Stand?  Batman Forever has those beat and can do it in the neon powered Batmobile.
Val Kilmer as Batman The New Gotham City The Riddler and Harvey Two Face scheme Chase analyzes Bruce's trauma The Riddlers hideout Dick Grayson needs a mentor

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October 21, 2010
I loved this one because of Carrey and Jones, I thought they both did a great job here, over the top in an over the top comic flick. Great review.
October 21, 2010
I still like this one more then some of the other Batmans. It's too hip to put down Joels movies.
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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
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, …
review by . April 08, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
"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 …
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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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