Alright, let me just say that this is one of the worst movies ever made. Joel Schumacher did a horrible job with his two Batman films, and killed the franchise until Warner Bros. hired Christopher Nolan to direct a Batman film in 2003 (which I will review next week). After Batman Returns, Tim Burton took over the role of Producer, handing the series over to Schumacher. And that was a mistake he probably regretted after Batman Forever came out.
The main problem with this movie is the script. I swear, the two Schumacher Batman films had some of the worst writing I’ve ever seen in movies. In Forever, there are some seriously boring moments, the majority being any scene with Dr. Chase Meridian, played by Nicole Kidman. She brought nothing to the film, save for the fact that she’s the love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman, played by Val Kilmer. Now, don’t get me wrong, Nicole Kidman isn’t a bad actress. I just think if they had taken her character out of the equation, the movie could’ve been much better and wouldn’t have had as many script problems.
Val Kilmer is surprisingly good in this film, doing what Michael Keaton did well in Burton’s first two films: balancing the duality of his character. Kilmer is a good Batman. I liked him in Forever. He’s definitely one of the more enjoyable parts of the film. Chris O’ Donnell also appears in this film as the Caped Crusader’s sidekick Robin, and he wasn’t bad in the film, I just would’ve liked the character more if he wasn’t so impulsive.
Now, let’s get to the villains. In Batman Forever, yet again we have two villains. The Riddler and Two-Face this time, played by Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones. The main problem I have with them is that neither are true to their characters. In this film, the two villains are too eccentric and silly. Riddler isn’t supposed to be like that: He’s supposed to be enigmatic and mysterious. The same goes for Two-Face: Harvey Dent is a dark and disturbed character. He isn’t supposed to be all giggles and fun! The performances are over-the-top, and their costumes, oh, their costumes…
I will say this though: the film is entertaining. There is a lot of bad in this film, but if you’re the kind of person that likes campy superhero flicks, it’s enjoyable. But it has a horrible script, some very bad performances, and overall is just a plain bad movie, while still fun to watch. Batman Forever gets a D+ from me.
Batman Forever stars Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’ Donnell, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle. Directed by Joel Schumacher.