George Clooney stars as the mysterious caped crusader in this fourth installment of the blockbuster "Batman" saga. This time he's up against the cold-blooded Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who has joined forces with femme fatale Poison Ivy (Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Uma Thurman -- "Kill Bill" vols. 1 & 2, "The Producers") to wage a deadly crime spree against the citizens of Gotham City. Armed with a new array of high-tech crime-fighting gear, Batman enlists the help of his daredevil partner, Robin (Golden Globe-nominee Chris O'Donnell -- "Scent of a Woman," "Batman Forever"), and their new secret weapon, Batgirl (Golden Globe-nominee Alicia Silverstone -- "Clueless," "Blast From the Past"). It's an action-packed thrill ride as the forces of good and evil clash in the most spectacular Batman ever produced. Also featuring Vivica Fox and supermodels Vendela and Elle MacPherson. Directed by Joel Schumacher ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Phone Booth").]]>
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That's right, Batman's "dark" period lasted about eleven issues, something "purists" seem to forget. Kane and Finger may have created a dark brooding figure, but they sure seem to have enjoyed the more lighthearted Caped Crusader a lot more, seeing that this version of The Dynamic Duo would last through to the 1970's. Even then, when the wonderful Denny O'Neil took the series in a more mature, detective oriented direction, it wouldn't be untill Miller's Dark Knight Returns that the "dark" Batman would be viewed by fans as the "true" Batman.
But the simple fact is, there is no "true" Batman. Batman has been interpreted many different ways over the years, each with their own pros and cons. Adam West's Batman is not The Dark Knight's Batman is not The Lego Movie's Batman, yet they are all undeniably Batman. And it must be said that Batman in the comics has spent far more time with bigger than life villans and cheesy puns and one liners than without. This movie doesn't spit on the image of Batman as so many would have you believe, it embraces one of the many views of the Batman, one perhaps sadly neglected in our cynical and jaded times.
Frankly, I find the Batman of this and "Forever" to be closest to the source material. Tim Burton's Batman was fun, but also a psyco killer. Nolan's Batman tries too hard to be "realistic", something a man in a bat suit can never fully achieve. Not to mention the fact that the timeline of "Rises" seems to say Bruce was Batman maybe a year and a half total. This I find less forgivable than a Bat-Credit card.Read more ›
I could say that Batman and Robin plays less like a superhero movie and more like an episode of Queer Eye for the Hero Guy; but that doesn't quite capture the true level of putrid that this film reaches.
I could say that Alicia Silverstone (playing Batgirl, if you can believe it) and spandex pants are not friends; but that might seem a little too snarky.
I could say that Joel Schumacher's "direction" is so non-existent and Akiva Goidsman "writing" so abysmal that the entire film never even manages to reach the quality of the average high school talent show; but that doesn't give enough credit to talent shows.
I could point out that all the flashing neon that assaults the viewers during nearly every scene (and from nearly every Bat device that the "stealthy" Dark Knight uses) causes severe eye strain before the movie is half way through; but most viewers lost their vision when their eyes were poked out by the huge, hard nipples on the Batsuit, and the rest of the viewers either turned it off or committed suicide before the halfway mark anyway.
I could say that Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, and Alicia Silverstone all turn in the worst performances of their entire careers (and with Silverstone that's really saying something); but that might be too obvious since none of them ever mentions this film at all, even when asked about it.
But instead of saying all that I think I can sum it up best like this:
Not since "Manos: The Hands of Fate" (the worst film ever made) have I ever actually felt myself aging second by second while watching a movie until I watched Batman and Robin.
I have no doubt that this movie plays on a continuous loop in hell.
Elliot Goldenthal's energetic, over the top music score for Batman & Robin was awesome. It sounds "alive". Uma Thurman struggles to give a sincere performance as Poison Ivy. We get to see the late Michael Gough play Alfred Pennyworth for the last time. Alicia Silverstone was a sensual, photogenic Batgirl. She looks just as good as Yvonne Craig's version of Batgirl from TV's Batman. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a sincere performance as Mr. Freeze even with his limited acting range. Patrick Stewart or Ben Kingsley would've been a more inspired choice to play Freeze. George Clooney is a good actor, but he was very wooden as Batman. Cindy Carol was a wooden Gidget. Chris O' Donnell works hard to play Robin, but he seems unfocused. John Dykstra's visual effects are solid and he worked on Spiderman(2002) years later. Batman Begins(2005) and The Dark Knight(2008) returned Batman to his dark, violent, gothic roots. Batman & Robin(1997) was made a time when Batman had to "lighten up".
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The best batman movie of all time... Though it's undeniable that Robin was poorly portrayed in this film.Published 27 days ago by mary stapleton
Arnold's stellar performance on this movie is so great, that we still study his brilliance in film school! Classic movie!Published 1 month ago by Swagger chris
My main reason for liking this movie and buying it is poison ivy and George Clooney lol, I love poison ivy and uma Thurman, this is a nice addition to my uma Thurman and Tim Burton... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.T.
This is the absolute WORST acting besides Magic Mike of course. Clooney should be ashamed of this film. So cheesy.. Why does my 5 year old love it so much, you ask? Read morePublished 1 month ago by lisamc13
Worst batman movie ever made and yet it's still so delightful to watch.Published 1 month ago by Jordan
Hands down to Arnold S. for his exceptional and ground-breaking performance on this classic movie! Must watch for all millenial batman fans!Published 1 month ago by Davdid
This movie fills me with sadness. Mostly because it reminds me the 90's kept forcing Alicia Silverstone on us. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan J. Steans
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