Monday, 12 September 2011

Batman Forever Review (Updated)

Batman Forever

Release Date: 29th June 1995 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (produced
in association with)

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 121 minutes

Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $336,529,144

Plot Summary
The Dark Knight of Gotham
City confronts a dastardly
duo: Two Face and the
Riddler. Formerly District
Attorney Harvey Dent,
Two-Face incorrectly
believes Batman caused the
courtroom accident which
left him disfigured on one
side; he has unleashed a
reign of terror on the good
people of Gotham. Edward
Nygma, computer genius
and former employee of
millionaire Bruce Wayne, is
out to get the philanthropist;
as The Riddler he perfects
a device for draining
information from all the brains
in Gotham, including Bruce
Wayne's knowledge of
his other identity. Batman/
Wayne is are the love
focus of Dr. Chase Meridan.
Former circus acrobat
Dick Grayson, his family
killed by Two-Face,
becomes Wayne's ward
and Batman's new partner
Robin the Boy Wonder.

Val Kilmer - Bruce Wayne/
Tommy Lee Jones - Harvey
Jim Carrey - Dr. Edward
Nygma/The Riddler
Nicole Kidman - Dr. Chase
Chris O'Donnell - Dick Grayson/Robin
Michael Gough - Alfred Pennyworth
Pat Hingle - Commissioner James Gordon
Ed Begley, Jr - Fred Stickley
Drew Barrymore - Sugar
Debi Mazar - Spice
Elizabeth Sanders - Gossip Gerty
Rene Auberjonois - Dr. Burton

Director - Joel Schumacher
Based on Batman Characters/
Project Consultant - Bob Kane
Story/Screenplay - Lee & Janet Scott Batchler
Screenplay - Akiva Goldsman
Executive Producers - Benjamin Melniker
& Michael E. Uslan
Producers - Tim Burton & Peter MacGregor-Scott
Production Designer - Barbara Ling
Costume Designers - Ingrid Ferrin &
Bob Ringwood
Special Make-up Designer & Creator -
Rick Baker
Director of Photography - Stephen Goldblatt
Visual Effects Supervisors - Andrew Adamson,
Eric Durst, John Dykstra, Boyd Shermis,
David Stump & Stephen Brand (Uncredited)
Visual Effects Supervisor: Pacific Data Images -
Richard Chuang
Supervisor: Grant McCune Design -
Grant McCune
Film Editors - Mark Stevens & Dennis Virkler
Music - Elliot Goldenthal


1996 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Stephen Goldblatt (Nominated)
Best Sound - Donald O. Mitchell, Frank A. Montano,
Michael Herbick & Petur Hiddal (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - John Leveque & Bruce Stambler

BATMAN FOREVER was a little darker, yet more light-hearted and entertaining compared to the other movies in the franchise. It was the first Batman instalment from director Joel Schumacher who easily matched the standards of Tim Burton's interpretation of the Batman franchise. Even though that this neon and colourful style of the third movie isn't exactly appropriate to be fitted and change this dark and gothic world of Batman as to bother the fans expectations. Although Tommy Lee Jones' acting of Two-Face was a bit too overacted and comical, I think Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell and Jim Carrey smashed Jones's performance. 

My only grievance with the movie other than Lee Jones' goofier portrayal of Two Face is being those darn nipples on the Bat-suit. Other than that, this was an explosive movie with an all-star cast.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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