Unfortunately, the operative word is bland, as the newcomers don't add much to the formula, leaving it to their nemeses to enliven the proceedings. Narrative drive and humor are also in short supply, which creates a serious sagsag in the middle when the novelty of the fresh components has mostly worn off.
Greatest movie of all time!!! An extraordinary, life-changing, enlightening, beautiful piece of art. It´s an emotional rollercoaster of a film. Impossible to top. Everything about this movie is magnificent. The cast, the script, the special effects, the pacing, the tone, and the plot are GOD tier quality. It just makes sense.
The current Bat cycle was already tired when Schumacher replaced Tim Burton behind the camera on "Batman Forever." This chapter -- so action-packed, yet so insufferably dull -- makes it clear that there's nowhere else to go.
Batman & Robin fails to engage the spirit of Batman, Robin, or decent marketing in general, and instead ends up as a limp, excruciatingly shallow knockoff that leaves viewers cringing at the unavoidable one-liners that make up the better part of the script.
Ben filmi genel olarak eğlenerek ve keyifle izledim. Bu filmin bu kadar düşük puanlı olmasının sebebini Kadronun muazzam oyuncularla dolu olup, beklentinin çok fazla yükselmesidir. Beklentiniz olmadan izlerseniz keyif alırsınız zaten ama Michael Keaton'lu Batman filmi tadını da vermiyor.
A really awful movie but also quite entertaining in its own cheesy and silly way. To clarify this: As casual viewer with not much background knowledge it is a cheesy and entertaining movie probably in the so bad it is good category. If you know more you see how good comic characters were butchered and how better stories were abandoned or just partly used. Other than that the story has some hilarious bad moments that ruin the immersion. I will go in details below. Lets start with a set up. The prequel “Batman Forever” was a financial success and was well enough received by fans and critics to get a sequel. So Joel Schumacher was rehired as director. He wanted to do a bit of a homage to the 1960 show which is technically not a bad idea. However there was “Batman the animated Series” as alternative. This show is still today the definitive Batman show. It was dark, matured, had great complex story lines, flashed out characters, create emotions and won several Emmy Awards. As sidenote: They created Harley Quinn and made Mr. Freeze a deep character with a backstory that made grown man cry to name a few virtues. It is a frequent pick for best animated show of all times. Back to the review. This is a frequent complain that they just could adapt some stories from the show which would be an instant win with the right actors. Instead we got a more humorous, cheesy and colorful approach which is again not a fault by definition and I can see this working to be extra fair. It never reaches the immersion, enjoyment and quality of the better movies. Story: It continues the story from the prequel. Batman and Robin are still the heroes / vigilantes of Gotham City. This time they encounter Mr. Freeze who is up for a bigger plan that endangers more than just the city. The problem intensifies as a new female villain named Poison Ivy appears with her (mute?) henchman Bane. She wants to save nature or Earth itself from humanities destructiveness (Clarification: That means not automatically wipe out humanity). Meanwhile Bruce Waynes butler Alfred gets visited by his niece Barbara Wilson and has more than one secret. This is the story set up and I admit on paper it looks not that bad. However it is not that good and really cheesy (More the bad kind). There are many scenes that took me out of the immersion or did not work well. It is however not bad enough to be total garbage too at least for me. Lets go to the actors. Val Kilmer did not return to play Batman and is replaced by George Clooney. I actually say he does a good job as Bruce Wayne and Batman. With a better script I can see him be at or near the top of Batman actors. Chris O’Donnell returns as **** Grayson aka Robin. I think he delivers his role well and shows some character growth. Now to the elephants in the room. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze is the greatest miscast since John Wayne as Genghis Khan (Yes that John Wayne as that Genghis Khan and that really happened). He had become such a tragic villain with a deep backstory from the animated series. A laughing stock that became critically acclaimed. To make this more annoying they use parts of this story here. Then we have Bane played by Robert Swenson who is probably close to in name only. He was a force to be recognized in the comics. He was really smart and a strong capable fighter. He broke Batman and outsmarted him. His plan and execution for this was magnificent. He figured out Batmans secret identity on his own and came to the conclusion he could not win surly enough against Batman. So he freed all inmates of Arkham and Batman had nightmarish weeks to capture them all. When he did that Bane approached him at Wayne Manor and won easily as Batman was totally exhausted physically and mentally. This is the true Bane. Poison Ivy is also flat compared to her comic counterpart but is somehow still enjoyable to watch as Uma Thurman is just a great actress. To be fair I cant hold anything of this against the actors of the villains as it is the scripts fault. For the others Alicia Silverstone is good as Barbara Wilson and Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth is amazing but also harmed by the script. In total I say we got good actors harmed by weaker ideas and the script. Presentation wise I say they did a good job even if I dislike some things. You can still dislike some choices but appreciate the hard work and style. The soundtrack is fine for me. Overall this was a bad movie with some entertainment value. I go with a 3/10 and would not recommend it. Bonus knowledge: The Nostaglic Critic (Doug Walker) has made a great review of this long ago that I consider hugely entertaining.