26 June 2015

Batman Forever

Batman Forever
  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, Tommy Lee Jones, Drew Barrymore, Pat Hingle, Michael Gough,
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Val Kilmer  Pollock, Heat, True Romance, The Doors
    • Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole, Nine, Australia, Margot at the Wedding, Fur, Birth, Cold Mountain, The Human Stain, Dogville, The Hours, Birthday Girl, The Others, Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut, Practical Magic, Portrait of a Lady, To Die For, Billy Bathgate
    • Jim Carrey – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty, The Mask, Peggy Sue Got Married
    • Chris O’Donnell – The Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Tommy Lee Jones – No Country for Old Men, A Prairie Home Companion, Men in Black, Volcano, The Client, The Fugitive, JFK, Stormy Monday
    • Pat Hingle – A Thousand Acres, The Grifters, Norma Rae, TV series
    • Michael Gough – Sleepy Hollow, Nostradamus, The Age of Innocence, Out of Africa, Cymbeline, The Go-Between, Women in Love
    • Drew Barrymore – He’s Just Not That Into You, Music and Lyrics, Fever Pitch, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Riding in Cars with Boys, Donnie Darko, Ever After, The Wedding Singer, ET
  • Why? Continuing the box
  • Seen:  19 June 2015 

Different director. Different Batman. Not too optimistic about Val Kilmer and I’m sure to miss Tim Burton in spite of not liking the first two so much.  But Nicole Kidman has to lift it, right?
The tone is more aggressive from the start. A bit like the most garish James Bond intros.
Mad criminal Tommy Lee Jones. Mad scientist Jim Carrey. Sardonic vampy psychologist Nicole Kidman. Charmless and charisma-free Val Kilmer. As suspected.
The circus scene is quite exciting. And what’s this?  Are we seeing the entrance of young Robin?
There is an attempt at character development here but it’s so banal that it hardly reaches comic book level. But it’s visually exciting with some interesting story twists. It’s too bad the women’s roles are so sexist. Even Kidman can’t rise above that but she does what she can.
Robin is more interesting than Batman though too plastic Ken-Barbie’s-boyfriend-but-a-little-tougher cute to be really interesting. Val Kilmer is a dud. I even liked Michael Keaton better but I really can’t wait for Christian Bale.
All in all, though, the best of the three. And the music is good.

2 ½ * of 5

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