Serge The Movie Guy’s review published on Letterboxd:
I forgot to mention this in my Batman Returns review: Batman kills people in that movie to. You either have a problem with it or you don't. I personally didn't mind because of the way it's executed.
Anyways...on to this review.
A Batman Marathon.
Batman Forever (1995).
"I had to save them both. You see, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman, not because I have to be, now, because I choose to be."
That quote you just read was the only good line of dialogue in the entire movie.
What the hell happened? I mean it's not garbage awful but it's certainly not good.
Because of the not well received Batman Returns being too dark this is made as a more kid friendly version.
Everyone is this movie is way too over-the-top with acting. The writing is also awful to a point where it just feels like a comedy.
I just realized, there's Bat-nipples in this. It start in Batman and Robin. it started in this and I didn't even know it!
STRIKE THREE! YOU"RE OUT OF HERE!
I will say this: Val Kilmer was not that bad of a Batman or Bruce Wayne. There's one particular scene where I feel like he shines which involves him remembering his past.
The problem is that director Joel Schumacher didn't know what the hell he was doing. I understand he read a lot of comic books in order to prepare for this. My guess is he read the much older Batman comic books that had a lot of different colors. That was not a great approach.
Jim Carrey is entertaining in that over-the-top way, Tommy Lee Jones seemed like he was on drugs the whole time, and Nicole Kidman doesn't know what the hell she's doing. She's literally there to just look good.
Chris C'donnell was just kind of...okay as Robin. The overall execution of his character was just bad and I felt no chemistry between him and Batman. Come to think of it, take him and Nicole out of this and you have a much better movie.
Another thing I realized is how boring it was. This surprises me since it's Batman movie, but they did it. They actually made it boring.
This is such a 90's movie.
Batman Forever had ambition but shitty people working on it. I love the colors and amount of work put into it. Unfortunately,, cool colors and a good musical score can't save this.
I watched this movie all the time when I was younger and it entertained the hell out of me. I used to have fun watching this. Come to think of it I still do to some degree, but I also know how flawed this is and how boring it can be after a while. It is what it is.
Batman Forever: eh.