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Jet Li is used basically as a promotion tool. That is a warning for any Jet Li fans eager to view this.
This isn't trash. It's more like that garbage can in your room that you never use. It's not malodorous or anything. It simply is just there. Well, this movie is just there. There is nothing special about it.
It lacks the fun of earlier Mummy movies, the effects are middling and out-of-date, but it is entertaining. Sadly, it's because you're laughing at it because of the sheer ridiculousness
Well, the death of Batman they say. Actually, I didn't think this movie was all that horrible. What I hate is the intended campiness. It's not funny, it's just dumb. Well, you laugh at it for being so horrible, so it is funny. Even the music emphasizes the campy parts of the movie with pieces similar to the old Adam West Batman.
This is clearly dumbed down for a wider audience, particularly kids. Even Poison Ivy blurts the line "I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover. That's why every Poison Ivy action figure comes packed with him" (Points to Bane). This would definitely bring a child's hopes up for seeing such an action figure combo.
Mr. Freeze's ice puns get really ridiculous throughout the movie.
So here's some other horrible stuff: Nipples on costumes, giant freezing gun, satellites that send out heat waves, etc.
The things that probably saved some respect for this movie were; A Clockwork Orange ode, The look of Gotham city that I admire in Schumacher's films, the costume designs (besides the pointless nipples designed on the chest) and Alfred's side story in the movie.
This movie isn't horrible but when it tries to pay ode to the 60s Batman television series through the campy villains (only certain characteristics) and even having Chris O'Donnell's Robin come in and recycle a "holy joke"; I can't help to lose respect for this movie for how horribly it tries to perform those certain aspects.
In my eye's it's a bridge. Cross this bridge from Tim Burton's artistic metropolis to something similar to my home town. Tim Burton walks with you on this bridge as he produced this film. He crosses back over before the horrid follow up can be conceived.
Joel Schumacher is a decent director but his ideas and ambitions don't seem to work out too well in the finish product.
I must say though that there is some artistic value. I'll give credit to the art crew. I love the way Gotham looks in Shumacher's films. I love the costume designs. The new bat mobile. The Bat jets and boats. I even like the film's obsession with the color green.
Batman Forever stays loyal to Batman but more to the 60s Batman. In my opinion that only works in the 60s and Batman fans weren't necessarily looking for a comedy.
All though loyal it does disappoint. It's simply too dumbed down. I was in anticipation that this would just be a misunderstood film. I thought It was something that could be greater than Batman Returns or even live up to it. This movie may only be great in the memories of my childhood.
If anything this movie I like for the flash back's on Bruce Wayne's past, a fairly good introduction to Robin, and I do admire Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carey portrayals of the two adversaries. But all those things don't mix in well. It seems to me this movie was two-faced. I mean it jumps back to the campy side with Two-Face and Riddler then back to Bruce Wayne's flashbacks, etc.
Val Kilmer is a great Batman in my opinion but his performance wasn't a "Malcolm McDowell in Caligula" type performance; it didn't save the movie for me.
To be honest my favorite portrayal would have to be Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase. Or Michael Gough, he's always great.