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Batman Forever 1995

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(84) IMDb 5.4/10

Batman is faced with two new enemies - Two-Face and E. Nygma - one a criminal mastermind, the other an crazed computer fanatic. Prepare for a clash of intellect and cunning...

Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones
2 hours, 1 minute

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Action & Adventure
Director Joel Schumacher
Starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones
Supporting actors Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Drew Barrymore, Debi Mazar, Elizabeth Sanders, Rene Auberjonois, Joe Grifasi, Philip Moon, Jessica Tuck, Dennis Paladino, Kimberly Scott, Michael Paul Chan, Jon Favreau, Greg Lauren, Ramsey Ellis
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Batman takes on a new side kick as he fights to keep Gotham City out of the clutches of Two-Face and The Riddler.

"No thanks, I'll get drive-thru"

Thus these be the first words out of Val Kilmer's incarnation of Batman and thus setting the standard for what Joel Schumacher's two Batman movies would be like. Gone is the dark undertone from Tim Burton's visions, and the tight action sequences that marked Burton's debut out as a genuine genre piece of work, in their place comes sexy campery and ropey action set pieces. The casting of both Val Kilmer as Batman and Chris O'Donnell as Robin is a big mistake, Kilmer easily being the most boring actor to don the suit out of all of them, whilst O'Donnell simply can't act outside of Robin's cartoonery bravado. Nicole Kidman looks positively gorgeous as Chase Meridian, but that's all that is brought to the party, it's a waste of the very talented Kidman's ability and a waste of the audience's time.

It's not all bad though, a comic book adaptation is only as good as its villains, and here we get a perfectly cast Jim Carrey as The Riddler, and a wildly over the top Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face. Carrey steals every scene he is in, it's almost too much, but as maniacal and exuberant as it is, it is the film's highlight and actually the film's saving grace (Tommy Lee Jones was reportedly unhappy from having his thunder stolen in the movie by Carrey). The script does work enough to make the story accessible to all ages, and there are enough crash bangs and wallops to entertain in that brain left at the door kind of way.

This was the biggest hit of 1995, so the paying public lapped it up and paved the way for another Schumacher film in the franchise, but with all that star power wasted, and nipples on the rubber suits, it's hard to see now why it was so popular back then. 5/10
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Climo on 21 April 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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By WCW Fan VINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Tim Burton only had a producer credit on this third instalment in the original Batman franchise; new director Joel Schumacher took over directing duties after WB felt the series had become too dark following Batman Returns.

The tone is lighter in Batman Forever and this was the first one in the series to truly look like a comic book come to life. Gotham is bathed in neon lights and gives the film a "pulpy" 90's feel compared to the gloomy design of Burton's movies.

The story sees Batman still defending Gotham, this time against scarred former District Attorney, Harvey Dent, now known as "Two-Face", an off-the-rails villain who decides his and the fate of others by the flip of a coin. Psychiatrist Dr Chase Meridian has an interest in the minds of Gotham's criminals, but has a bigger interest in Batman himself. And Wayne Enterprises worker Edward Nygma is so obsessed with Bruce Wayne that when Wayne declines giving funding to his wacky invention (beaming television into viewer's brains by taking control of their brainwaves), he commits murder and morphs into the even more deranged "Riddler."

The film also sees the addition of Dick Grayson, who loses his family in a tragedy at the Gotham City Circus. Grayson (former member of the "Flying Graysons" acrobatic team) is taken in by Bruce Wayne and Alfred but is tormented by the loss of his family and blames himself for their deaths.

Batman Forever is more action-packed than the previous instalments and is much more child-friendly. However, there are darker elements.
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