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The Light Knight
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.