Monday, 19 September 2011

Batman & Robin Review (Updated)












Batman & Robin


Release Date: 26th June 1997 - Australia


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


Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 125 minutes


Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $238,207,122
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Chills and thrills - will Gotham
City be put on ice? George
Clooney is Batman as the dark
knight battles his greatest
threat yet, cold-hearted
Mr. Freeze and venomous
Poison Ivy. Batman has more
than Gotham City to protect
the youthful eagerness of crime
fighting comrades Robin and
Batgirl puts them frequently
in harms way.


Cast
George Clooney - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Chris O'Donnell - Dick Grayson/Robin
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Dr.
Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze
Uma Thurman - Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy
Alicia Silverstone - Barbara Wilson/Batgirl
Michael Gough - Alfred Pennyworth
Pat Hingle - Commissioner James Gordon
John Glover - Dr. Jason Woodrue
Jeep Swenson - Bane
Elle Macpherson - Julie Madison
Elizabeth Sanders - Gossip Gerty
Eric Lloyd - Young Bruce Wayne
Vendela Kirsebom - Nora Fries

Crew
Director - Joel Schumacher
Based on Characters/Project
Consultant - Bob Kane
Writer - Akiva Goldsman
Executive Producers -
Benjamin Melniker & Michael E. Uslan
Producer - Peter Macgregor-Scott
Co-Producer/First Assistant
Director - William M. Elvin
Production Designer - Barbara Ling
Costume Designers - Ingrid
Ferrin & Robert Turturice
Make-up Artist: Mr. Freeze - Jeff Dawn
Director of Photography - Stephen Goldblatt
Visual Effects Supervisors - Andrew Adamson,
Eric Durst, Wendy Rogers & David Stump
Visual Effects - John Dykstra
Visual Effects Supervisor: PDI - Richard Chuang
Film Editors - Mark Stevens &
Dennis Virkler
Music - Elliot Goldenthal


Review
As a kid, I thought that BATMAN & ROBIN was quite a favourite movie of mine, but unfortunately as I got older, it was too much similar to the 1960s classic TV show and comes across as childish which makes this movie completely uninventive and comes across as though the director was playing safe and not taking creative risks. I cannot believe that it killed the Burton/Schumacher film quadrilogy and nearly killed the superhero genre period. Probably because it had the unintentional humour with the suits of Batman and Robin which has those embarrassing Bat-nipples again complete with close-up shots of buttocks which makes them look exposed and as though they are glamour boys instead of heroic tough guys. What made the movie more worse is changing the comic book character of Bane from the main villain to Poison Ivy's brainless henchman and Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance as Mr Freeze with those awful freeze-puns that he bored us with the whole feature. I didn't mean to criticise Arnold because he is my best actor, but I must withhold my integrity in being unbiased and completely honest about the facts of my observations with the reviews.

The only thing that did little to save this movie is the acting of George Clooney, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone. Chris O'Donnell was getting old to play Robin as he was a little over the top and I think he pushed it too far. Each moments of the film such as one where Clooney's caped avenger shows his Bat credit-card to his partner were out of place because Bruce Wayne should be the character who would normally do this, not his alter ego.

No wonder this turned out to be the worst of the Batman movies. This put a potentially great film series on thin ice (no pun intended) and shocked fans for the disastrous results. Thank god, the franchise was redeemed and rebooted by the masterly work from director Christopher Nolan in BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT.

Star rating: (1/5) Not Worth Watching


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