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This film was not as good as the first three films. It could've been better, but it was not all that bad. Joel Shumacher returns as director for the fourth sequel of the Batman series. There are some surprising actors in this film. George Clooney takes on the role of Batman while Arnold Schwarznegger takes the role of Batman's nemesis, Dr. Freeze. Freeze wants to ice the city up and he gets some help along the way in the form of Poison Ivy(Uma Thurman). The acting was not terrible, but in some ways it could've been better. The score was not as strong as the first couple films. The script was alright, but the plot line was the best about the film. I also like the costumes that were used in the film. They were very unique. Die-hard fans of Batman will be disappointed at this movie. But, I liked it a little. I rate this movie a 7/10.
Batman and Robin face the challenge of the deadly Mr.Freeze, Poison Ivy
and Bane as well as a jealousy conflict between each other and a new
partner in Bat Girl.They must work together to stop Freeze from icing
the entire city of Gotham.
After Batman Forever everyone should know his Batman films are an homage to the old campy comics and cheesy TV series.Batman and robin is as openly, blatantly obvious about being over the top and corny that anyone who takes it seriously is missing the point.You really think that the genius behind The Lost boys and The Number 23 would give us scenes like Batman playing ice hockey with bad guys, sky surfing, the Dr.Woodrow character, bat nipples on the suit, and Batman pulling out the "Bat Credit Card" to buy a night with Poison Ivy while trying to make a serious Batman movie...PLEASE! The acting is absolutely hilarious and every bit as campy as the rest of the film.The magnificent actors all give hilarious over the top performances as very eccentric and flamboyant characters that are every bit as corny and fun as The Evil Dead.The action screams out it's homage to the random gadgets and MacGyver like use of surroundings in the 1970's TV series.The script is purposely terrible you can tell as Schumacher picked out every one liner possible and made a script out of them.I honestly can't believe people took this seriously and to heart i think it's better than both of Burton's films which were also cheesy and over the top but with a far too serious tone but because Tim Burton's name was there no one will consider it bad.Burton is extremely overrated because we all know it was Jack Nicholson who carried the 1989 film.
Overall it's funny, it doesn't take itself seriously at all yet stubborn people without a sense of humour label it as an "atrocity" I've actually read that somewhere...sad.Giving this a bad review because it was cheesy is like giving a bad review to Evil Dead, Freddy vs Jason, or Mars Attacks!.Overall a perfect Batman parody and a good homage to the awesomely cheesy 70's show all that was missing was a little POW! SOCK! WHAP!
The much-maligned Batman and Robin, while doubtlessly the worst of Batman movies, does not deserve its abysmal reputation. It does feature some incredibly cheesy lines, stupid jokes (esp. the one about the Poison Ivy action figure), and a plot that's somewhat improbable even for a children-aimed comic book. While I prefer the "brooding Batman" side of the Caped Crusader, I have no compunctions against the light-hearted approach, and Batman and Robin is over-the-top enough to be funny. The film's got some nice displays of acting from Michael Gough and Arnold Schwarzenegger - his talents as an actor are vastly underrated, and, while too clownish as Mr. Freeze, Schwarz puts on a convincing and compassionate display of Dr. Fries' affection for his wife. The rest of the cast are somewhat wooden (Clooney, Silverstone) or irritating (O'Donnel, Thurman - she can really do better than play a sexually frustrated plant-woman), but their flaws don't warrant mud-slinging. The effects are astounding if repetitive and ostentatious, and don't fail to impress even by today's standards. In a nutshell, this movie could have been so much better, but still can be taken at face value. In no way a masterpiece like Batman Begins or Batman Returns, Batman and Robin is a decent superhero flick down on its luck.
This film has but one saving grace - that it was so bad it brought about a rethink toward the franchise and led to the subsequent filming of Batman Begins. George Clooney is by no means capable of taking on the complex character that is Bruce Wayne and is far more suited to gracing the pages of celebrity magazines, the costume and set design were atrocious and a gross departure from the comics and original vision of Batman. And look for the scene where Chris O'Donnell appears from the water and the footage is actually reversed to make him seem to submerge - editing at its worst! Please, I implore you, the audience - steer well clear of this trash!
What does Batman's first blockbuster movie in 1989 have in common with
Batman the movie of the 1960's? That's right, nothing. They don't in
any way whatsoever mix. Joel Schumacher unfortunately assumes
You see, this is supposed to be the fourth instalment in the blockbuster Batman series. So it needs to follow the trend of Batman, Batman Returns and for some part, Batman Forever. The dark, Gothic caped crusader must be there. The storyline must be based centred on Batman fighting crime to avenge the death of his parents and protect the innocent. And most importantly, you must have some kind of plot that follows the dark knight style trend and is at least to some extent believable. Sadly Joel Schumacher has mixed barely even a quarter of this, together with a huge dollop Adam Wests camp fest of the sixties. And the result truly is a complete mess.
Twatman & Bobbins would probably be the best title for this over-hyped big budget disgrace. Joel Schumacher and George Clooney have completely ruined what Tim Burton & Michael Keaton had begun. What Keaton and Burton achieved was magnificent, this is quite frankly a shameful joke.
So where to begin. Well we might as well start with the plot and storyline. Anyone who thought Superman IV had the worst plot of any action movie ought to check this out. Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wants to steal diamonds to save his cryogenically frozen wife, while the beautifully evil Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), yet again another product of a nasty lab accident, who wants to rid the world of humans so the plants can take back their own. The ridiculous nonsense is complete when Ivy decides Mr. Freeze is the man for her. This folks simply isn't what I would by any means call a dark Gothic Batman plot. All I can see is a whole giant bat-pile of suck.
But oh dear it gets far worse! And then there's Robin (Chris O'Donnell), who wants his own Batsignal, which causes our bat buddies to bicker while Alicia Silverstone steps up to the plate as Batgirl with little more effort than a butt jiggle. There's also a lot of bat babble about the importance of family. It is here that I feel I should make the point that Chris O' Donnel is the single most annoying person I have ever seen play any role WHATSOEVER in an action film. EVER.
Batman and Robin continues to expand on the flaw that has plagued the Batman series since Batman Returns: too many characters, and not enough time to develop them. Whereas the original Batman had three main characters, Batman Returns had four, and Batman Forever had five, now Batman and Robin has six main characters, four of whom have never been seen before (not counting George Clooney's take on the caped crusader). The film is half over before all the introductions are complete. What I find most insulting about this is that the sixth character Bane has been turned from psycho crime boss, into a useless dreck of a mutant. One of the worst misrepresentations of character I ever saw.
The film I have to admit is wonderful to look at and the effects are pretty top notch, but it is all totally destroyed by the bad casting, poor direction and of course the ultimate reason why this movie blows hard chunks, the woeful script. Ouch:
Batman: And you are...? Batgirl: Batgirl. Batman: That's not very PC. What about Batwoman, or Batperson? Batgirl: I found the Batcave. Robin: I guess we'll just have to kill her.
Sorry you're telling me THAT passes as a DC comic script, adapted into a movie? You must be on quite a lot of mind upending substances because I can see just about every true Bat-fan lining up waiting to ram a bayonet through Clooney's neck. Mind you, wouldn't that make for a good ER storyline!
But personally what shocks (sickens) me the most is that this made $300m at the box office. I don't know whether this was just people watching for morbid curiosity. Or whether it was the younger more easily satisfied Bat-fan who doesn't know any better. Or maybe even the hardcore Batman fan hoping and praying that this would turn out decent? Either way, it's corporate movie making at its worst. How any true Batman fan can watch the other instalments of the WB Batman series and be satisfied with such a shoddy effort.
Batman and Robin is the single worst case of ruining a good franchise I ever saw.
Don't watch this film.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
One thing that strikes me from reading these reviews is that people
have sadly forgotten how to appreciate 'camp'. Back in the '60's, camp
was in vogue, thanks to the 'Batman' television series, as well as
movies such as 'Our Man Flint/In Like Flint' and Dean Martin's 'Matt
Helm' series ( which began with 'The Silencers' ).
What is camp? It is a ridiculous story approached with deadly seriousness on the part of the main characters, so serious in fact that it becomes amusing.
So, yes, 'Batman & Robin' is campy. And that's how I like the Caped Crusader. Taken seriously, I find him a bit of a bore. So many modern movies are 'dark' now that I have to take a flashlight every time I visit the local multiplex.
'B & R' was the third sequel to the 1989 Tim Burton blockbuster, which starred Michael Keaton. Both left the series at the same time. Their replacements were Joel Schumacher and Val Kilmer. Schumacher retained the dark, brooding atmosphere of the Burton films, while bringing in some of the colourful campery of the '60's series. He was ripped to pieces for doing so but I think he was right. Kilmer was an adequate replacement. George Clooney donned the cowl and cape for 'B & R ', and was better than Kilmer, but Keaton was still far and away the best.
Warner Bros.' 'Batman' franchise was bound to run out of puff, and did. All franchises run out of puff in the end. James Bond did with 'The Man With The Golden Gun' in 1974. The less said about 'Superman 4: The Quest For Peace' the better. But they both recovered. Ditto 'Batman'. 'Batman Begins' could never have been made were it not for 'B & R '.
The plot concerns 'Mr.Freeze' who is trying to save his dying wife by freezing Gotham City...something like that. It is not important. People who go to 'Batman' in search of great plots are fools.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was miscast as 'Mr.Freeze' - the man cannot, and never could, act. Patrick Stewart should have gotten the role. Then there's Uma Thurman as 'Poison Ivy', a villain I'm not familiar with, but she was the best thing in the movie. Sexy, sassy and cool. This was how she should have been in 'The Avengers'. Alicia Silverstone as 'Batgirl'? Another mistake. 'Batgirl' is to 'Batman' what 'Scrappy Doo' is to 'Scooby Doo'. Chris O'Donnell reprised his role as 'Robin', but like 'Batgirl', I never could stand the character.
As soon as the title of this film was announced, I thought: "Oh oh trouble!". Its so crass. 'Batman Supreme' would have been better.
So with all these strikes against it, why is 'B & R' so much fun? Simple. For those of us who fondly remember the '60's version, it works perfectly as a homage. If you ask me, they should have gone further by putting 'Pow!', 'Zap!' and 'Kerpow!' on the fights. Nothing in the movie makes sense, nor is it meant to. Just as reality makes no sense. Don't go to 'B & R' expecting Fellini, and you'll have a great time. The opening chase alone is worth purchasing the D.V.D. for.
To all the doom mongers, I say this - lighten up! Watch 'B & R' and enjoy. We can get 'dark' and 'edgy' movies anywhere. 'Batman' is not 'Seven'!
Most people, especially fans of the earlier Batman films, hated this
movie. I did not. In fact, although it's not my favorite in the series
(my vote goes to Batman Returns), I still found this refreshing in its
cartoon-ish innocence. After all, it is based on a cartoon, so what is
so unforgivable about making it light-hearted just once. Does
everything have to be dark and brooding? I hope not. Well,
unfortunately, people like the darkness more than the light. Just look
at the reviews here, for an example of that.
I just went along for the ride on this, enjoying the outlandish characters and corny-but-humorous lines delivered by Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy. Both were a lot of fun to watch. Batman, meanwhile, has been played by some many actors I don't care anymore who has the role.....its' nothing to get serious about, anyway.
Whoever seems to play him does a decent job. This Batman version seems a lot more softer character, higher-principled and compassionate....sort of the real-life wacko (George Clooney) who views himself as such as a knight in shining armor for the typical Hollywood Left Wing crowd. But....we'll forgive him, for he not knows what he says.
I appreciated the added humor in this film, the fact there almost no profanity, unlike the other versions; the wild special effects, ogling Uma Thurman, who looked fantastic; great color and surround sound; interesting sets and a nice message at the end.
The negatives were: a little too much action which can make you dizzy trying to follow; a somewhat-annoying Robin (Chris O'Donnell); Alicia Silverstone's role as Batgirl adding nothing to the film; and a little too many sexual innuendos to counteract the absence of profanity, I suppose.
Overall, a fun movie not to be taken seriously: simply a cartoon come to life, which is what some people think it should have been in the first place.
It is to bad I can't give this movie minus one. Batman and Robin is
hated by everyone blessed with the gift of sight. You have to be blind
or even deaf to like this movie, or both! It is the worst
representation of who Batman is. A comic book is better than this. Mr.
Freeze wasn't a cool villain to start with and they made him worse with
his stupid cheesy lines and his plastic chrome costume. Poison Ivy is
supposed to be sexy but they managed to make her look like green alien,
she wears a cheap cotton costume and blows some sort of essence into
men's faces one to many times. George Clooney is a cool and calm Bruce
Wayne but he is not so great at being batman. Robin is not so bad and
bat girl is totally useless. Joel is a very bad director and he ruined
batman. Please do not watch this movie. I personally think it is the work of Satan. Only he could have thought of something like that. But nevertheless, it is the worst movie that mankind has ever created. It is possibly the worst thing mankind has ever created.
I remember seeing Batman & Robin in the cinema when I was a kid but the
funny thing is I can't even remember if I liked it or not. But now like
most people, I think it's one of the worst movies ever made. I know I
might be generous giving it 3/10 instead of a 1/10, like most IMDb
users. But the only good about this movie, for me anyway, was Alicia
Silverstone because she was good eye candy despite her poor performance
as Barbra Wilson/Batgirl. But I have to agree that this is the lowest
point Batman , one of my favourite superheroes has ever gone and
hopefully never will.
Pretty much everything is bad about this movie: the plot, the casting, the writing, the effects, the action, the acting, the directing etc. The infamous Bat nipples are just disturbing. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a terrible choice for Mr. Freeze even though he's my favourite action star. But I probably would've liked to see him as Bane instead of the awful depiction by Jeep Swenson. And George Clooney's got nothing on Batman! Thank God Joel Schumacher never made sequel to this monstrosity of a movie. It was supposed to be called Batman Triumphant and it was supposed to have Madonna as Harley Quinn and Keanu Reeves as Scarcrow. But the only actor who didn't make a fool of himself was Michael Gough as Alfred who passed away only a couple of years ago RIP. But at least we still have Christopher Nolan to thank for rebooting the Batman movies and making them better than ever with The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Batman & Robin (1997)
** (out of 4)
The fourth and final film in the series has George Clooney taking over the role of Batman. This time the bat is joined by Robin (Chris O'Donnell) and Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) as the trio try to destroy Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). I'm not going to sit here and call this one of the worst movies ever made but I will say that time hasn't been too friendly to it. I remember watching this film the day it was released and when it was over the sold out crowd nearly tore the theater apart with their boos but I thought it was mildly entertaining due to how bad it was. The term "so bad it's almost good" certainly belongs to a movie like this but after revisiting it all these years later it's easy to say it's gotten worse. Where do we begin? Clooney is a great actor and one of the best working but it's easy to say that he's really bad here and miscast. Perhaps if they were making a spoof Clooney's humor would have came in handy but his style just doesn't fit. Schwarzenegger's performance is beyond bad and the awful dialogue he's given should have made the actor quit the project. O'Donnell and Silverstone are both pretty bland and boring here. Who would have thought seeing Silverstone in tight leather wouldn't work? I'd say the only cast member who comes off good is Thurman who has no problem bringing the sexual appeal to her character. The rest of the film is pretty silly and we should have all known we were in trouble when they open the film giving tight shots of Batman's butt and the nipples in his outfit. The entire movie has a very campy feel but I think the majority of the blame has to go towards the screenplay. The entire story is rather dumb, there's no energy to anything on the screen and in the end it's just one bad scene after another.
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