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Batman and Robin

by

Roger Davidson

Batman and Robin
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The fourth (and hopefully last) film in the Batman franchise, it involves the Caped Crusader (George Clooney) and sidekick Robin (Chris O'Donnell) battling icy villain Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and seductive femme fatale, Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). Alica "I-still-can't-act" Silverstone pops by as Batgirl, helping Clooney and O'Donnell battle the forces of evil.

To say it's lame would be an understatement. I like the fact that it definitely doesn't take itself seriously. I like the fact that the visuals are still 100% outstanding. What I don't like is the fact that the story is so clunky, the dialogue ludicrous (how many cold jokes from Ah-nuld can you take in one sitting) and the acting bellow par. And you know you're in trouble when, for once, the heroes are more interesting than the villains. Clooney and O'Donnell are given pretty good lines and are quite decent themselves in their respective roles. Ah-nuld and Thurman's performances are lacking by comparison.

Uma does undergo an interesting metamorphosis during the film from plain-jane to she-woman. She also puts a nice Mae West spin on a rather uninteresting villainess. Schwarzenegger's performance suffers I believe from ego and overkill, considering he got top billing over Clooney. But, considering the memorable characters in the past (The Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler), full of life, Mr. Freeze is just dead in the water. If I have to listen to another cliched ice joke like "Chill out" or "Hell has frozen over!", remind me to shoot myself full of morphine to dull the pain of such a performance. On the plus side, the fantastic visuals and memorable characterizations by Clooney and O'Donnell will keep you pleased.

My Rating = Three Stars


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