‘Batman Forever’ (Film)

‘BATMAN FOREVER’

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Batman, Robin and Chase Meridian with Two-Face and the Riddler

Batman Forever’ is the third of the original ‘Batman’ movie series. It was produced by Tim Burton and directed by Joel Schumacher. It stars Val Kilmer as Batman, replacing Michael Keaton in the role.

The film features two villains in Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face and Jim Carrey as the Riddler. It also stars Nicole Kidman as the sexy Dr. Chase Meridian and introduces Chris O’Donnell as sidekick Robin.

The first time I saw this movie was when I had it as a birthday present from Stephen, my best mate from school. I enjoyed ‘Batman Forever’ very much and consider it to be one of my favourite films.

I’m not claiming to be an avid ‘Batman’ fan, but this was a superhero movie that I found very engaging and entertaining to watch! Since seeing this, I have seen more interpretations of ‘Batman’.

I was impressed with the stellar star-studied cast featured in the film. I admit this film takes on a comedic edge compared to the previous two films. That might have something to do with the stars.

I like Val Kilmer’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the movie. I would have to consider him one of my favourite ‘Batman’ actors! It’s a shame he only did one film in the original ‘Batman’ film series.

Apparently Val Kilmer and director Joel Schumacher didn’t get on well with each other whilst they were making the movie, due to creative differences. This would explain why ‘Batman & Robin’ failed.

I like the heroic, dark balance that Val Kilmer put into his performance as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. It was intriguing how he interacted with Chase Meridian; Robin and his two enemies in this.

Tommy Lee Jones stars as Two-Face/Harvey Dent in the movie. One point of interest is that Billy Dee Williams played Harvey Dent in the first ‘Batman’ movie. Does that mean Harvey Dent’s a Time Lord?

I enjoyed Tommy Lee Jones’ performance as Two-Face in the movie. However, I think Tommy Lee Jones enjoyed himself too much in the villainous role. Perhaps he was competing with Jim Carrey. 😀

Jim Carrey stood out for me as the wacky and sometimes over-the-top Riddler in the movie. I’ve seen Jim Carrey in many comedy films and it was so hard to take him seriously as I watched the film.

I sometimes wonder whether Jim Carrey put too much into his performance as the Riddler, making him too silly and comedic. But somehow I found him entertaining and he fitted the Riddler perfectly.

There were times when I found Jim Carrey’s delivery of lines so over-the-top when they could be so menacing. The “Batman? Batman, you say? Coming for you?…” line springs to mind as I think of this.

Nicole Kidman stars as Dr. Chase Meridian, the romantic interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the movie. I did like Nicole’s sexy performance as Chase and when she’s interested in Batman and Bruce.

Chase is a psychologist who becomes fascinated by the dual nature of Batman in the movie. It was nice to see how Chase interacted with the two versions of the same guy before she learns the truth.

Chris O’Donnell stars as Dick Grayson/Robin, who makes his first appearance in the ‘Batman’ movie series. I enjoyed Robin’s introduction in the film. It was so interesting how he meets up with Batman.

Robin wants revenge on Two-Face, since his family were killed during a circus performance he took part in. Robin soon becomes Batman’s sidekick and the duo set off to fight Two-Face and the Riddler.

The film also stars Michael Gough as Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler and Pat Hingle as Commissioner Gordon. It was nice to see René Auberjonois (from ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’) as Dr. Burton here.

I enjoyed the action sequences featured in the movie, especially with Batman driving the Batmobile as well as he and Robin driving other Bat vehicles. The climatic fights were thrilling for me in the film.

‘Batman Forever’ has been an action-packed and enjoyable superhero film for me. It features a great cast with superb villains and a good story. I know people won’t agree with me, but that’s how I feel.

I really enjoyed the performances of Val Kilmer as Batman in the movie as well as Jim Carrey as the wacky Riddler! I now have this ‘Batman’ movie to watch on my tablet whenever I want to on holiday.

‘Batman Forever’ was released on a 2-disc special edition DVD in 2005. The DVD special features are as follows. On Disc 1, there’s an audio commentary by director Joel Schumacher and a theatrical trailer of the movie.

On Disc 2, there’s the ‘Why is Batman Forever?’ TV documentary; the ‘Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, Part 5’ documentary and the ‘Beyond Batman’ documentary/gallery. There’s also ‘The Heroes’ profiles gallery; ‘The Villains’ profile gallery; the ‘Kiss From A Rose’ music video by Seal and deleted scenes from the film.

‘Batman Forever’ rating – 8/10


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4 Responses to ‘Batman Forever’ (Film)

  1. Timelord 007 says:

    You don’t want me to go into a angry rant about Jim Carrey & his over the top hammy borderline cringeworthy bad performance as The Riddler do you? Lol

    I agree Val Kilmer was a excellent Batman but was hampered by being in a Schumacher Batman film although to be far this has one of my favourite openings to a Batman movie & Robins backstory was brilliantly done but again to much focus on the villains & not on Batman & his inner turmoil, you’ll notice this was dealt more in depth in the deleted scenes & they should have been included in the film & have Jim Carreys scenes taken out.

    I liked Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face but he’s overshadowed by that hyperactive imbecile Jim Carrey.

    The tone is uneven as well, there’s some dark moments merged with pure campiness & i don’t think the different tones contrasted each other particularly well.

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  2. Tim Bradley says:

    I’ve seen your angry rant about Jim Carrey’s Riddler already, so you needn’t worry about that! I don’t want you to turn into the Incredible Hulk on my blog anyway! 😀

    I wish there were more films with Val Kilmer as Batman as I found him really good in this. I think it’s fair to say that Val Kilmer was the saving grace of this movie, as he took the part seriously whereas everyone else (except Chris O’Donnell, Nicole Kidman and Michael Gough) went bonkers. 😀

    Yeah I like the opening to this ‘Batman’ movie as well. Have you noticed that Joel Schumacher uses the same trick again with his opening for ‘Batman & Robin’ as he does for this one. I prefer the opening to ‘Batman Forever’ better than ‘Batman & Robin’. 😀

    I’ve not seen the deleted scenes of ‘Batman Forever’, since I don’t have the 2-disc special edition DVD for this movie. But that’s interesting in that they showed more of Batman’s inner turmoil. It would have been interesting to have seen that in the film.

    I think that is the problem with these ‘Batman’ movies. The tone does become uneven and whilst it’s an interesting attempt to merge both dark and light, the results are debatable as to whether they really work.

    Thank you for your thoughts and comments on this ‘Batman’ movie, Simon. I still consider it one of my favourites, but I can still your point of view on why you don’t like this movie as much as I do, especially with Jim Carrey. 😀

    Tim. 🙂

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  3. Timelord 007 says:

    The deleted scenes are available to watch on You Tube Tim if you want check them out.

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    • Tim Bradley says:

      I will have to check them out, thanks Simon. They should be interesting.

      I hope one day to read the movie novelization of ‘Batman Forever’ by Peter David someday. I love Peter David’s novelizations of the three ‘Spider-Man’ movies with Tobey Maguire. Perhaps the movie novelization of ‘Batman Forever’ will be better than the film.

      Tim. 🙂

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