Since it’s a great movie to watch this time of year … with a Fall/Halloween timeframe … I thought I’d write a short review of this Bat-flim.
I know Joel Schumacher gets a lot of flak about killing the Batman movie franchise in the mid 90s with his Batman & Robin film, but he did a lot right in Batman Forever.
Yes, there were the bat-nipples (and robin-nipples too), but the costumes were amazing! In my mind at least, Robin’s costume has never looked so good. Jim Carrey was the perfect pick for the Riddler and he made the most of subpar script. Val did a great job of taking over for Keaton, bringing to the table a more physical presence as the Dark Knight. Additionally, I really enjoyed Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin and Nicole Kidman made a great love interest for Bruce Wayne. Also, bringing back Michael Gough and Pat Hingle to reprise their roles was a nice touch to link this film with the previous two Batman movies.
However there were some miscasting too. Tommy Lee Jones is a fine actor, but his portrayal of Two-Face was flat out awful! His character seemed like a bad rip off of Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Did anyone associated with this film research the history of Harvey Dent/Two-face? Batman Forever should have stuck to one major villain, The Riddler.
Other random things to note that I liked:
🔴 Elliot Goldenthal’s score
🔴 the comic book look (lots of eye candy) … from the color, to the architecture of Gotham City
🔴 both the movie posters and marketing for this movie were outstanding
🔴 using the iconic image of Batman & Robin running in front of the Bat-signal (photo above) as the last shot of the film was classic!
FINAL GRADE B-
Okay, time to sit back and enjoy Batman Forever again!
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