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Batman Forever

Published July 28, 2019

Batman Forever

Film info

  • Title Batman Forever
  • Director Joel Schumacher
  • Year 1995
  • Run time 2hrs 1m
  • Genres Crime, Action, Fantasy
  • Tagline Courage now, truth always

Jim Carrey stars as criminal genius, The Riddler, and Tommy Lee Jones plays Two-Face. Together, these criminal kingpins present a threat that only the Dynamic Duo - Batman (Val Kilmer) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell) - can stop. And Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman comes to Gotham as the alluring Dr Chase Meridian, who may steal the heart of Batman Forever.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:01One sentence in and Alfred’s stealing the show as always.
8:07A helicopter couldn’t lift the safe like that.
10:04Well that all seems legit.
11:27He’s not a smart one, this TwoFace.
11:53Since when does Gotham have a Statue of Liberty?
16:25Batman is always so chill about the bat signal. Superman goes running when he’s called.
18:08“You called me here for this? The bat signal is not a beeper.”
28:27Riddler version of Zoltar is kinda freaky.
31:51How do they know it’s a man?
33:16Surely, after the last film, he hates the circus?
38:41This guy really doesn’t want to stay anonymous. He didn’t even assess the options, just yelled it out.
42:33How old is Robin supposed to be? He looks about thirty.
52:17“The bat’s stubborn refusal to expire…”
1:05:13Batman suddenly has an Apple Watch?
1:07:12Is Robin supposed to be BETTER than Batman?
1:17:10“Your entrance was good, his was better.”
1:24:10Loving Batman’s smug face.
1:36:45“I’m afraid they’ve taken her. Master Dick has run away. They blew up the bat cave. And there’s another riddle.” Bad day!
1:39:32They just did a Godzilla moment. “They call him… Robin.”
1:44:01“Holy rusted metal Batman!”
1:55:51The asylum!

Thoughts

I liked the slightly more comic book approach, it suited Jim Carrey because he’s basically a comic book character in himself. Val Kilmer was probably the best of the three Batmen. Two-Face was good, and they were great as a duo together.

I didn’t really like Nicole Kidman’s character, she was a bit wishy washy, but I did like the interesting dilemma she presented. And she caused Batman smug face which is always fun. Drew Barrymore was criminally underused.

I quite liked Robin, and the backstory there was fun, I just couldn’t get past the fact that he looked really old when he was supposed to be a vulnerable kid who needed Bruce Wayne to look after him.

Alfred, as always, is the best thing in it.

Rating: 3 / 5

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