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on 21 April 2007
Well what can I say that hasn't been said already about this film. Okay,. seeing as Tim Burton is no longer directing the franchise (howevdr he produced this), it's not a bad effort and not the crap film. That crap film was the next one to follow: Batman and Robin.

Anyway this is where the franchise started going downhill though because Warner Bros wanted to make it appeal to younger children, they introduced some overly-campy humour. Most of it comes from the films two lead villains, Two-Face and the Riddler. Two-Face is meant to be a tragic and confused character with multiple personalities whereas the Riddler is meant to be an reclusive evil eccentric. Here they behave like naughty little schoolboys. The plotline is ok but a little cheesy.

The plot involves Batman/Bruce Wayne (Kilmer) struggle with his identities and seeking therapy from beautiful Dr Chase Meridian (Kidman)

As this occurs, three members of a family of acrobats are murdered by the newly escaped Two-Face, leaving their youngest son Dick Grayson (O' Donnell, who isn't too bad actually) to survive. As a result Bruce takes Dick in and Dick soon finds out who Bruce is. Whilst this is occurring, one of Bruce Waynes disgruntled ex-employees Edward Nygma is creating a successful bussiness of his own and has invented an invention that makes t.v. programmes become reality for the viewers whilst secretly sucking out bits about peoples private lives from their minds whilst they are in their hypnotic trance.

The acting is mixed. Val Kilmer makes a good Bruce Wayne but isn't too scary as Batman. Nicole Kidman is rather wooden. Chris O'Donnell is okay as the grieving and vengeful Dick Grayson. Jim Carrey is his usual manic self and Tommy Lee Jones is way too over the top as Two Face.

It's okay but not great. Still it could've been worse as we've all learned. ***
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on 18 July 2012
Granted, this film is nowhere near as good as the previous two films, there are several bad and cheesy moments and its flaws are evident but its still entertaining enough to get it through its running time.
Val Kilmer is pretty good as Batman, Chris O Donnell does a good performance as Robin, but his character dosen't get much development for us to really care for him and he does some pretty stupid things at times which makes him harder to like, the same is true of Nicole Kidman's character
Two-face and The Riddler are not bad as villans, but they lack any development or real motives to be sinister, to be taken really seriously or for us to sympathize with them.
So, those few quibbles aside,not a great film especially when compared to Batman and Batman Returns, but still a fun ride. I probably wont be watching Batman and Robin.
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on 30 September 2011
WARNING!! Review May contain spoilers...

Fed up of being told to lighten the mood after the brilliantly Gothic double whammy of Batman and Batman Returns, Tim Burton, the director of both decieded to let someone else have a go, instead staying as a producer only. Enter new director Joel Schumacher, tasked with making Batman lighter again, so as to appeal to chrildren. In that respect, Batman Forever doesen't disapoint.

Along with Burton went former leading man Michael Keaton, who also didn't like the direction the film was taking. meaning that a new Dark Knight was found in the younger Val Kilmer portrays Bruce Wayne/Batman. Rather than play the role in the brooding way Keaton did, Kilmer still adds a melancholic tinge to the role and in truth plays the role quite well, despite not being as good as his predecessor. Tommy Lee Jones, replacing Billy Dee Williams from 1989's Batman, plays Harvey Dent/Two Face, one of the main villains, who has been horribly scarred on one half of his face, and thus develops a split personality. Unfortaunately, he plays the role way too camp, and so the character is unbearable throughout. Comedian Jim Carey plays a role that was tailor made for him, as he portrays the villainous Riddler, who steals every scene he is in. Batman is aided by his equally iconic sidekick Robin for the first time in the franchise, played well by Chris O'Donnell. Nicole Kidman echoes Kim Basinger in the first film, again being a tad annoying as psychiatrist love interest Dr. Chase Meridian. Again sticking in there almost unnoticed are the unsung heroes of the franchise, Michael Gough, Wayne's trusty butler Alfred, and Pat Hingle as Comissioner Gordon.

The film looks stylish enough to evoke memories of the first two films, but it isn't the same Gotham, as it is has brightly colored lights in random places and random statues of male addonis's everywhere, and gone are the Gothic skyscrappers and Gargouilles. Also, perhaps most notably, gone is Danny Elfman's rousing score, despite being replaced with a brilliant score by Elliot Goldenthal, which would be iconic had their not been what came before it.

It really depends on your point of view (One of my friends finds it the best of the series!!!), but I find Batman Forever a good film, whilst not as good as it's predecessors, it is still a good film. The Light Night indeed.

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on 17 August 2011
Riddle me this, riddle me that. What do I think of Val Kilmer's turn as the big black bat? Pretty good, actually, as is the 1995 movie Batman Forever as a whole. It's the third movie after Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). I'm not counting the 1966 offering starring Adam West. No way! Too many men in tights.

Batman Forever sees the "Caped Crusader" (Kilmer) fighting more crime in Gotham City. This time he faces off with the always-caught-in-two-minds lunatic, Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), and The Riddler (Jim Carrey), a guy obsessed with riddles and outperforming Bruce Wayne in the business tycoon stakes. Also featuring in the character line up is Robin (Chris O'Donnell), Dr.Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman), and Bruce Wayne's ever faithful butler, Alfred (Michael Gough).

It's a pretty impressive line up of actors, and one that is well cast. Jones and Carrey make a great duo as Two-Face and Riddler respectively, and are undeniable proof that not only can villains be evil, they can also be funny. The way they act and terrorize innocent civilians will actually leave you with a smile on your face, and they have a few decent one-liners as well. The best of which is when Batman breaks in through the glass ceiling to stop Two-Face's henchmen stealing cash and jewellery from a party hosted by Edward Nygma, Riddler's true identity. Edward says to Two-Face "Your entrance was good. His was better."

But it's not just the funny scenes that make Batman Forever great. There are many darker scenes that will impress you too. Val Kilmer does a very good job portraying Bruce Wayne/Batman. The character tries to be straight-faced and strong willed, but you can still see him mentally suffering at times with the burden of being a daytime (Wayne) and night time (Batman) hero, particularly during the flash back scenes to his childhood.

Meanwhile Chris O'Donnell plays Dick Grayson/Robin, a man who is young, reckless, but well-meaning. Once you've seen the tragedy that befalls him at the circus you'll really be feeling for him. You'll really be rooting for him; and you'll really be eager for him to get his hands on Two-Face. As for Nicole Kidman's character Dr.Meridian? Well other than the fact that she's some sort of psychologist, and she's got a bit of a soft spot for the "Dark Knight", the character is rather one-dimensional. But she still looks beautiful. In fact this is probably the sexiest Kidman's ever looked in a movie.

The action scenes come thick and fast; the storyline is OTT, but that's to be expected for a comic book super hero movie; and Batman's gadgets will make you want to write a letter to Santa demanding the same thing for Christmas. There are also decent songs to listen to from U2 and Seal in the end credits. But there was one thing in BF that did bother me a little. Some of the props used in the movie seemed completely pointless. For example the Batplane and Batboat only last literally ten seconds before they get blown up; and I still don't get the whole point of the sonar-modified Batsuit.

All in all Batman Forever is a fantastic movie. There are a few campy bits, including a close-up shot of Batman's backside which I thought was totally unnecessary; but anyone who hates camp will be pleased to know that it's not as bad as Batman & Robin. Whether you're a Batman fanatic, or just have a casual interest in the DC Comics favourite, this is a DVD well worth buying.

Right, that's the review sorted. Now since you like riddles so much, Mr.Riddler, I thought I'd give you a riddle of my own. What is younger than an 80's guy, older than a 00's guy, but way cooler than the two of them combined?!
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After the supremely dark and atmospheric films with Tim Burton at the helm, the studios decided to try and go for a younger audience and hired director Joel Schumacher to helm the third film. The tone is lighter from the outset, though with Burton's hand still on the tiller in the form of producer it manages to reign it in a bit and gives a film that is the right mix of dark and camp. Val Kilmer dons the cape for this outing, and he proves to be an able Wayne/Batman, here mentoring young Dick Grayson and trying to prevent him following the same dark path. He manages to bring across all the facets of the character very well. Tommy Lee Jones has gleeful manic fun as Two-Face, the ultimate split personality. He's a bit camp and schoolboyish at times, but it's all good fun. Jim Carrey almost steals the show as the Riddler, in a role that was just perfect for his brand of OTT mannerisms. With a host of great one liners and some good ideas, this is a decent film, and probably the most entertaining of the series. It's not as dark as the first two to be sure, but it does what it sets out to do effectively and delivers a couple of hours solid entertainment. I kind of prefer the darker tone of the first film, but that's just a matter of taste. 4 stars.
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on 7 January 2008
Right off the bat (believe it or not, no pun intended) I'd like to say that I'm awarding the DISC 4 stars. The film itself I would rate at a three (possibly 3 and a half).

Historically speaking Batman Forever appears to have dropped off the pop culture radar. While not quite as divisive as Batman Returns, as important as Batman, as popular as Batman Begins or as reviled as Batman and Robin the film is a mixed bag that is fairly and commendably scrutinized in this excellent SE offering from Warner Home Video.

After the dust settled following the release of Batman Returns, a film that retains a fiercely loyal fan base but profoundly upset the Mcfranchise mentality that surrounds most comic book films the consensus was that some changes were in order.

Tim Burton's darkly expressionistic tones were replaced by the larger than life pop arty aestheticism of Barbara Ling painted with Schumacher's now trade mark multi-coloured neon. Michael Keaton (who after umming and aahing about the possibility of donning the Bat Armour for the third time jumped ship after his initial costume fittings - perhaps he saw the nipples-) was replaced by the capable and affable Val Kilmer who gives a passable performance of a seasoned yet vulnerable and broody Batman. Rising star Chris O'Donnell joined the party as orphaned acrobat Dick Grayson and eventually Batman's sidekick Robin (the 25 year old "boy" wonder) and a motley crew of villains were introduced in the form of Jim Carrey's typically outrageous Riddle and Tommy Lee Jones' risible Two Face who, between them, dole out lashings of pantomime villainy.

While Batman Forever may lack the complexity of its predecessors it still functions perfectly well as a generic popcorn superhero romp serving up just enough psychology and emotion for us to invest in the characters while still flouting Schumacher's taste for gaudy spectacle with some (to this day) impressive set pieces and memorable action sequences.

As with the Special Editions of the previous two Batman films, picture and sound quality far surpass the previous vanilla discs and while I have not sampled the DTS track on any of the discs the 5.1 track does justice to Elliot Goldenthal's stirring score and the surround effects get a pretty good airing. Joel Schumacher's diverse palette (like it or loathe it) is rich and vibrant here and whatever your opinion of the change in direction of the franchise it is indisputable that this superhero pop-opera has never looked better. The cut of the film is also slightly different to that of the previous vanilla release with a few sequences extended here and there.
The commentary track is a pleasant mixture of fond reminiscences and interesting factual nuggets and to be fair Schumacher really comes across as a likeable character in his yak-track, justifying the decisions he made about "lightening up" the Batman franchise plausibly while explicitly stating his respect and admiration for what Tim Burton had done before him.

The Special Features disc does not disappoint and again I have to thank Warner Brothers for really putting the effort into making these Special Editions really special. The ongoing documentary Shadows Of The Bat is back with Part 5 : Reinventing a Hero which offers some tantalizing insights into the changeover from Burton to Schumacher and from Keaton to Kilmer with Val Kilmer being the only Batman actor of the film series to come back to do an interview. Again the documentary takes us through the whole process of production from inception to reaction and it is with some modesty that Schumacher relates how surprised he was that the film did as phenomenally well at the box office as it did.
A schmaltzy period promotional doc entitled "Riddle Me This, Why Is Batman Forever" hosted by Chris O'Donnell is also included on this disc. While it offers nothing that isn't covered in greater detail elsewhere on the disc it is still a wryly amusing addition.
The Batman Beyond documentaries are also present and as with the previous releases every element of the monster production is lovingly chronicled and peppered with talking head commentaries that vary in interest with the most fun to be had in the stunts, costumes and visual effects documentaries.
It is also worth mentioning that a "darker" director's cut of Batman Forever has been rumoured for a very long time amongst the fan community. Sadly this DVD boasts no such cut although the bonus disc does include a few deleted scenes which to be fair were right to be left on the cutting room floor but are certainly welcome additions to the disc expanding in places upon the psychology of Bruce Wayne, his relationship with Dick Grayson and his motivations for donning the bat armour.

While I have something of a love / hate relationship with Batman Forever this disc represents an entertaining and comprehensive diversion for all but the most puritanical Bat fan.
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on 4 June 2013
This series of Batman movies has more to do with the 60's TV series than the recent and darker Christian Bale efforts. It is corny and cheesy but if you remember with nostalgia the Batman and Robin portrayed by Adam West and Bruce Ward you will find these a natural progression. Gadgets and vehicles have most definitely been upgraded. The Batman car doesn't disappoint.

The actors seem to fit, particularly Jim Carey as the Riddler. Though in my opinion, Tommy Lee Jones portrayal of Two Face (Harvey Dent) is too forced. Surprisingly for Jones, he doesn't seem to let go and I can't helping wondering whether he regretted taking on the role as he just seems to be reciting his lines.
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on 24 April 2012
This movie is not made in the same visionary gothic detail of the Tim Burton classics but still does have some distinctive, loud and crazy qualities to it. The cast is pretty awesome and very eccentric especially Jim Carrey who is pretty perfect as the Riddler. The Batmobile in this movie is awesome (one of my favourites) The biggest let down for me was introducing the rubbish Robin character, but there are some pretty cool things going on in this movie so you can overlook the mistakes they made. Still quality comic book fun. A must have for true fans even if it's for the brilliant special features on these 2-disc versions.
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on 20 December 2012
Batman Forever is excellent.Joel Shummacher is the director of the film and he brings a sort of lighter Batman movie compared to the previous Batman films.Val Kilmer plays Batman and he is outstanding!!!Tommy lee-Jones plays two face and he is brilliant.Jim Carrey plays the Riddler and he is very funny but he does get very mad sometimes.Batman Forever is a joy to watch.The action sequences are amazing.I will give it an 8/10.I recommend you buy it.
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on 7 September 2013
I have always loved this film for its memorable characters!! Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones excel themselves in their villainous roles and provide some excellent entertainment! Although the story line is not as well thought out as other films in the Batman series, it still has some decent scenes. A nice addition to your DVD collection and one that you will never get bored of!
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