10 July 2015

Batman and Robin

Batman and Robin 1997
  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: George Clooney, Uma Thurman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • George Clooney  Gravity, Burn After Reading, Michael Clayton, Good Night and Good Luck, Intolerable Cruelty, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Perfect Storm, O Brother Where Are Thou, The Thin Red Line
    • Uma Thurman – Be Cool, Kill Bill 1&2, Tape, Les Misérables, Gattaca, Beautiful Girls, Pulp Fiction
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger – Terminator et al, Twins, The Running Man
    • Chris O’Donnell – Batman Forever, The Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Alicia Silverstone – Love’s Labour’s Lost
    • 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
  • Why? Finishing the box
  • Seen:  27 June 2015 

Uma Thurman. Fine. But George Clooney as Batman? The mind boggles.
But his first line is funny. ‘That’s why Superman works alone.’
The first five minutes are funnier than the first three movies put together. Batman and Robin on ice skates? Playing hockey with monsters on skates and a massive diamond for a puck?
After that it gets a little wild. I don’t know how the flippancy and family sentimentality work. And in spite of its wildness it really isn’t very interesting.  There are so many stories going on that it’s hard to know what it’s really about.  And those trite one liners wear out their welcome fast.
This is quite awful.
Will it ever end?
It does eventually.
For the first five minutes it gets a star. Another half for Poison Ivy’s costumes and Uma Thurman’s acting. That’s it. The rest is a bust.

1½ * of 5


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