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Batman & Robin

Published July 29, 2019

Batman & Robin

Film info

  • Title Batman & Robin
  • Director Joel Schumacher
  • Year 1997
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Action
  • Tagline Strength. Courage. Honour. And Loyalty.

Superstars George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger face off as the coolest - and the cruelest - villain to ever stalk Gotham City comes after its courageous caped crusaders, Batman & Robin. When the evil Mr Freeze (Schwarzenegger) teams up with toxic Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) to freeze Gotham City and destroy its residents, the end appears near for superheroes Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell). But with the arrival of Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone), the dynamic duo becomes a transcendent trio in this fourth episode of the blockbuster theatrical series.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:29Double bum shots this time.
3:28I feel like a cape and a motorbike are a bad idea.
5:16George needs to work on the gravitas of his “I’m Batman.”
6:05Ooh, it’s like Crashed Ice!
10:35“Watch the numbers Batman, they are the harbingers of your doom.”
16:33The guy doesn’t even lock his lab, just puts keep out on the door.
20:43WHHHYYY with the snakes. WHY?
26:55I need some of those polar bear slippers, for suresies. It’s okay to take fashion tips from Mr Freeze, right?
30:12She just stepped off the set of Clueless right? The socks and everything.
35:58Who is this Julie woman and where did she come from?
39:19“I hate when people talk during the movie.”
41:46Wait, are they bidding on the women? Oh dear.
44:40Sorry Ivy but no one is choosing Chris O’Donnell over George Clooney.
59:04Boggled by all the neon in Gotham. This is one cray-cray city.
1:02:18What the hell is Coolio doing in Gotham?
1:09:35“Men, the most absurd of all creatures.”
1:21:25If she’s dead though, does he have anything to carry on for?
1:22:57“Adam and Evil.”
1:31:47ALFRED! That’s the worst password ever. Just three letters? Come on man.
1:40:10“Chicks like you give women a bad name.” You tell her, Alicia.
1:56:39Even the medicine is neon in Gotham.
1:59:51“We’re going to need a bigger cave.”

Thoughts

I can sort of see why this film killed the franchise, although in the end I kinda liked it. George Clooney is the worst of the three Batmen, he doesn’t have the right persona for it, and was outshone by Robin, which probably isn’t the way it should be.

I liked the women in the movie, Poison Ivy is an excellent foe, basically channelling Mother Nature who wants her revenge. Her backstory was good. And Alicia Silverstone kicked ass, which is always fun. Unfortunately, these upsides were offset by the endless misogyny and all that pheromone nonsense. Boo. Also, what on earth was Elle’s character about? She was just kinda there and then she just kinda wasn’t.

Meanwhile, Arnie was actually quite good - I guess it suits him to have a role with a good excuse to be frozen and a bit wooden. Nicely done. And, of course, the movie tried to put poor Alfred in danger, which isn’t exactly a plus point.

It was good, and fun in places, and I kept boggling at how insane the design of Gotham City has gotten. Entertaining but perhaps not their finest work.

Rating: 3 / 5

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