After two very decent Tim Burton-films, it was time for someone else to continue the legacy of DC Comics’ most famous crime fighter. That person became Joel Schumacher and with him behind the camera, the series began its downward spiral towards mediocrity.
It’s a bit of an irony that the two leading bad guys in the 3rd Batman-movie have so much to do with confusion. I mean, you have a green guy asking questions all the time. And then you have a half-face villain who can’t make any quick decisions.
Why is this ironic? I’l tell ya …
It’s ironic, because millions of people felt the same way when first watching this debacle. They asked questions … and were quite unsure how to feel about this new movie.
Some was good …
… and some was so bad an empty TV-screen might have brought more joy to our eyes!
The magic touch is gone. We still get a few leftovers from the two previous movies, but most of what you see in the movie is just a cheap knockoff.
There’s the darkness within Gotham city, but now it’s full of idiots, colorfully dressed lunatics and bad guys who fail to kill anyone, even with powerful guns.
The best way to describe this movie is that it’s a spoof. It’s a childish entry of what a Batman-movie would look like for a younger audience.
It’s full of laughs, ridiculous dialogues, paper-thin characters running around … and a Batman-actor who tries his best to uphold the greatness of Michael Keaton, but doesn’t even come close.
We have some very real question marks circling our heads when watching Val Kilmer as the new Batman.
Jim Carrey, a born comedian, was raking in one successful movie after the other. He quickly became known as the ‘funnyman with the plastic face’ and he wasn’t shy of showing off his attributes. In Batman forever, it seems the Canadian actor is pulling faces in every single shot he’s in.
His acting may be good, but it’s not as entertaining as you may think.
Especially near the end, you’ve had quite enough of his shenanigans and the whole show becomes quite exhausting.
Much better, though still over the top, is the performance of Tommy Lee Jones.
Here’s a guy who can grow as serious as a bleak drama or as wacky-kooky-nuts as a children’s cartoon show.
In Batman forever, Tommy Lee Jones shows his comedy style and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s safe to say that without him this 3rd Batman-movie would’ve dropped in the deepest depths of the ocean. He is literally the only colorful thing that pushes the quality of the movie to an agreeable quality.
The way he plays a psychotic maniac isn’t anything new – we’ve had the Joker, remember? – but the constant switching between both good and bad, the flipping of the coin and the insanity with which he brings color to the character is easily the best thing about the movie.
Lastly, there’s the Batman himself. He now gets help from Robin. Both actors do their parts, but acting-wise they fall short up against their counterparts.
Chris O’Donnell has the luck of not having his performance compared to any former actor – he’s the first one to play the part of Robin, after all – and Nicole Kidman is the first woman in a Batman-movie to add zero influence.
On a single note, it’s nice that everything about Batman has changed – but old man Michael Gough is still playing the part of the butler.
Also, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful Drew Barrymore in a small part …
Did you know?
The Batmobile was usually driven by stunt drivers, but Chris O’Donnell insisted on driving it himself in the joyride scene – but he crashed it into a curb and dented a fender.
Give it to me short:
It’s a shame how Batman forever is nothing short of a spoof of the original Tim Burton-movies. It’s like no one is taking anything serious anymore.
Director Joel Schumacher is throwing all logic out the window. Jim Carrey does the single most aggravating overacting of his entire career. And Tommy Lee Jones plays a crazy maniac who laughs for no apparent reason, so it seems.
Still, to call this movie bad would be a bit harsh. It’s a serious drop-down in quality, but there’s still loads of stuff that will entertain you. The silly jokes, the cheesy oneliners, the colorful costumes (though nothing as artful as anything Tim Burton would make) and the screwball acting performances of all actors involved, especially bad guys Two Face & The Joker.
Jim Carrey continues his routine of the plastic-faced buffoon actor, though this time he really gets a little on our nerves. Especially towards the end of the movie, as nothing he does seems relevant or real. His jokes are rarely funny.
Much better is Tommy Lee Jones who – although he also goes in hyper-overdrive – manages to keep a fine balance between acting and childish entertainment.
The new Batman-actor is like the first one they chose to play Robin. It’s a humdrum choice that’s hardly enough to keep us awake.
This is one movie you’ll only be seeing every few years, except when you have children suffering ADHD disorder … and you need a decadently chaotic blockbuster to keep ’em all quiet!