Batman Forever

Starring: Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Chris O'Donnell, Tommy Lee Jones, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Kidman, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Rene Auberjonois

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Produced by: Warner Bros., Polygram Filmed Entertainment

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: fantasy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: June 16, 1995
Viewing Location: Flagstaff, AZ Grade: A
Summary: All of the Batman movies are great.
A fun and exciting film, as gothic and extravagant as the first Batman movie. Val Kilmer appears to do a better Batman than Michael Keaton, who was just too stiff. The appearance of Robin is a lot different than in the comic books, but the story works pretty well overall. The Riddler and Two-Face are quite amusing bad guys, too. 

Review by Jigen Date seen: June 24, 1995
  Grade: B
Summary: Not a bad effort
A quality job at the Batman franchise with a few minor discrepancies. Most of the actors do a commendable job here, with Jim Carey's Riddler being truly exceptional, but Tommy Lee Jones is was too far over the top for Two-Face. He may have just been feeding off of Carey's energy and I could certainly see that happening. Schumacher's vision of Batman is a bit brighter than Burton's and it gets dangerously close to detracting from the original character. Some of the bubblegum pop elements of the film get a bit gratingly hollywood-ish, but not nearly as bad as the follow-up, "Batman & Robin". Overall, a fairly entertaining film, particularily if you like Jim Carey. 

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Review by Z Date seen: December 14, 2000
  Grade: B+
Summary: somewhat interesting
Batman movies have always been about the villains, and after the first two they pretty much ran out of compelling villains. The remaining stable of villains in the batman genre are pretty much too campy to live. 

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