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A nice, cheesy bundle for those of us who don't value the time we spend on this planet.
on May 12, 2015
If you're stuck in the Nolan-trilogy's universe, you probably won't be too interested in these. You can't go into them with that style in mind. None of them are very serious, but all four are entertaining. They all retain relics of Batman's campy silliness; some more than others. And I mean, come on, it's four Batman movies for under $10! What else were you gonna spend that on? The Sam Raimi Spiderman trilogy? You better not. You better not even consider that.
Now for really brief reviews of each individual movie.
Michael Keaton? Instant, "Yes." He plays a better Bruce Wayne than he does Batman.
Jack Nicholson's Joker was cut from a different cloth than Ledger's. But that in no way takes away from it. He did a great job.
Cool atmosphere and set design, decent plot, and good cast.
Keaton reprises his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
He's joined by Danny Devito, who plays a good but somewhat off-putting Penguin.
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Catwoman. She was, uh...well-suited for the film. Crappy sexist puns aside, she played the role well.
There's some Christopher Walken sprinkled in there, too.
Not as good as Batman, but worth watching.
Let's get the disclaimer out of the way: Val Kilmer is my favorite live-action iteration.
Kilmer's Bruce Wayne is pretty spot on. His Batman is great. Solid suit, gadgets galore, corny one-liners, cool lair and batmobile. Plus the world's greatest detective actually does detective when Kilmer plays him.
That said, the rest of the movie has an abundance of cheesiness,
Jim Carrey's Riddler and Tommy Le Jones' Two-Face are likable. But lord are they stupid. Terrible, terrible supervillains.
Nicole Kidman plays a pretty shallow Chase Meridian. But Batman doesn't have time to spare for emotional depth. Thankfully.
And Chris O'Donnell's Robin is alright, though his backstory falls short.
Batman Forever is something you could watch with your kids and enjoy. The "Holy rusted metal" line was perfect.
Or alone in your room while eating an entire package of Oreos. Sobbing.
Batman & Robin
This movie catches a lot of flack. A LOT of flack. George Clooney, Mr. Freeze, nipples. I'm sure you've heard it all. And for the most part, it's true.
So if you plan on watching this, go in expecting a fairly dumb plot filled with more holes than a termite's dinner table and a cast of goofy, thick-headed heroes and villains.
Clooney as Batman was...probably a mistake. I don't think he deserves the raw hatred some people express for his role. But he doesn't deserve praise for it either.
O'Donnell returns as Robin. Better in this one than in Batman Forever.
Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl was totally unnecessary. It didn't even make sense.
Poison Ivy, portrayed by Uma Therman, was filled with terrible lines and hypnotic movement.
Her partner was Bane. No clue who played him. That actor is probably still trying to forget his time on-set. Bane was just awful. Like a mentally retarded gorilla dressed up as a luchador.
Arnold as Mr. Freeze may be the best example of "so bad it's good" in cinematic history. So many puns. The costume and his plans were over-the-top. His minions were even dumber.
A lot of you might skip this one. Maybe you should.
But you shouldn't.
Just watch it.
Watch them all.
In one sitting.
Eating a package of Oreos.