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Batman Forever


Roger Davidson

Batman Forever
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The film was pretty cool. Batman (Played by Val Kilmer this time) has to stop two villains, Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey in another one of his comic performances) from turning Gotham into total chaos. He has a new partner, Robin (Chris O'Donnell) to help him stop the bad guys. The settings are good , as always, and so are the good performances by Carrey, O'Donnell and Kilmer. Kilmer actually comes off well as Batman. I liked Michael Keaton, but he was always being upstaged by colorful villains. But for this movie, Kilmer actually can stay equal with the colorful co-stars.

Jones goes a little over the top in his performance as Two-Face. His hamming it up could have been a lot more interesting had Jones worked on it more. Carrey does exactly what Jones should have done with his part. I used to think that the Riddler in the comic books wasn't very interesting. Carrey seems to be able to make a sort of Jack Nicholson psycho type of character, spouting out jokes by the dozen and doing wild and crazy things.

O'Donnell was good as the Caped Crusader's partner. He is much cooler than the old Robin from the TV show. Nicole Kidman comes off a little too much like a stereotype of the "dumb broad", pardon the expression. She's supposed to be a psychiatrist but comes on to Batman once too often. When she does act like a psychiatrist, she spits out psychobabble that most of the audience doesn't care much about. Finally, the critics say it has no soul. What the hell are you expecting from a comic-book!? Shakespeare? Tennessee Williams? I have no idea. Anyway, it is a good movie. It's not like the first two with the angst ridden Dark Knight. More like the old ones that always had Batman and Robin together (like the old Adam West TV show most likely). It's still a pretty cool movie.

My Rating = Three Stars

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