Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Batman Forever (1995)

[an unwanted trip to the 60's]

Batman Forever (1995)
IMDB- 5.4
Rottentomatoes- 42
RJG Rating- 40

Two Face teams up with a crazy scientist by the name of Riddler to bring a reign of terror across Gotham.Can Batman save Gotham by himself?

Starring- Val Kilmer ,Nicole Kidman ,Jim Carrey ,Tommy Lee
Director- Joel Schumacher

Forever continues the tale of Batman from the events of Returns.After Returns failed to stand up to the studios expectation at the box office (the movie was a critical hit),and of complains that the movie was too dark and gritty ,Warner Bros. replaced Tim Burton with Joel Schumacher as director.Micheal Keaton refused to return without Burton,thus being replaced by Val Kilmer.

Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne was great.He brings a certain charm to the role of Bruce Wayne.Even as Batman ,Kilmer is a good replacement for Micheal Keaton.But Kilmer is the only good actor among the main cast.Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face/Harvey Dent is awful.His take on the villain ,is a cheap imitation of the Joker.He certainly does no justice to the role.Jim Carrey as the Riddler was a perfect match.But the Riddler has no personality in the movie ,and thus it becomes another Carrey themed role (ex:Mask,Ace Ventura,any Carrey movie).Nicole Kidman stars as Bruce's love interest but her role is even more useless than that of _ as Vicky Vale in Batman 1989.Her role is just to look pretty and that ,Nicole has done remarkably well.Chris O Donnel as Dick/Robin is irritating.

The story takes a sharp u-turn from Burton's movies.It reminds one of the stories that used to take place in the 1960's Batman TV show.Its silly and cliched.The While the previous movies gave the development of villains an equal priority to that of Batman ,Forever makes no such attempt.Even the villainous idea of stealing the brain waves of people (??!!) seem so childish.

Joel Schumacher's direction is below average.His take on the Batman series erases the hard work Burton put earlier.If compared to the story filled Returns ,Forever is completely kiddish.Also the over use of neon lights ruin the look of the movie.The intensity that was present is replaced with cheesy lines.

Overall, Forever brings Batman to the campy feel of the 60's.While kids may enjoy it,others wont.

Acting- 1.5/5
Story- 1.5/5
Direction- 2/5
Action- 3.5/5
Drama- 3/5

Nominated --3
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Effects
Best Sound
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