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Plot: Batman and Robin are back working side-by-side to stop the villains of Gotham City, but is there tension appearing between them, especially when one villainess who calls herself Poison Ivy can make anyone fall in love with her...literally. Along with Poison Ivy, the icy Mr. Freeze is freezing anything which gets in his way from achieving his goal. Runtime: 125 mins Release Date: 19 Jul 1997
Lots of people and Batman fans have plenty of good reasons to hate this movie and be completely disappointed. Sure, Joel Shumacher treated the entire franchise as a big joke, made the characters over-the-top and filled this movie with cheesy and corny lines. Sure, he murdered the depth of certain characters and made a lot of weird additions. So what? If you're here to simply get entertained, then Batman and Robin has the perfect formula in place. This movie is extremely funny and there's some nice action too. The characters aren't serious but they sure are lovable. Sure, it may be <more>
a comedy or even a parody at heart but its a highly polished comedy no doubt.
Personally,this movie is not the best of the batman movies,the original batman is.However,this is in my opinion,the most fun to waste two hours on.I mean I understand Batman is serious,but this movie is very funny.I mean Arnold as Mr.Freeze,and the most immortal line of them all,"Your Not Sending Me To The Cooler!!" had me blowing soda out of my nose.Very funny line.Also Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy is very nice eye candy to look at for two hours which is a plus.Bane is very cool,so what if he broke batmans back in the comics.This is the movie.Comics you can do anything,this is very <more>
good to the characters for what it is worth.Clooney is a nice touch,and O'Donnell is awesome as Robin.Silverstone was kind of out of place as Batgirl,as the only problem in this movie was too many characters.Three villains and three heroes.But in my opinion,I personally like this movie,and if you are the kind of person who enjoys nice set designs and campy fun,this is a must see.All others need not apply.
I really quite enjoyed this movie. Its completely over-the-top bravado impressed me. Be warned though, if you take Batman seriously then you shouldn't watch. But for the majority of us, the non-anally retentive people, then this movie is a lot of fun and well worth a rental.The villains were very cool in this one, and we had FOUR!! Arnie got better as the film went on. He was a real hoot. Uma was totally over-the-top and crazy as Poison Ivy. She was funny and extremely hot! There was also Bane as Ivy's sidekick who was funny whenever he appeared even though and probably because <more>
nothing he said ever made any sense! Then there was Bane's creator, Dr Woodrue played by John Glover with probably the best performance of the film. I wish he could have been in more of it.The heroes weren't so flash though. Alicia Silverstone was spunky as Batgirl but the title characters, Batman and Robin as played by Clooney and O'Donnell were pretty lame. Batman was made to say too many corny one-liners. This should have been left to the villains, it suits them. It definitely didn't suit Batman. Robin was just flat out annoying. Michael Gough as Alfred actually gives quite a good dramatic performance in amongst all the campiness, I'm not sure why he bothered.The SFX were great. The weren't at all realistic which was the way it was intended to be you fools! The whole film is dazzling on the eyes, whether it be the sets or the aray of good looking actors and actresses. Too put together a film of this large of a scale is quite an achievement. Anyone who says that Schumacher isn't a good director, doesn't know anything about directing films.This is definitely one of the best no-brainer films of recent years. To all you people who are pining for the miserable Burton Batmans, get stuffed. Burton made his two movies, if you like them so much, then go and watch THEM. Schumacher has now made his two films to appeal to a different audience. Now it's probably time to see what someone else will do with the franschise. I can't wait.8/10 - Terrific fun.
Camp in the spirit of the TV series (by maharani_md)
Critics can't take a joke, obviously. This is campy good fun in the tradition of the old Adam West TV series. Okay, so Clooney was a stiff Batman - he was SUPPOSED to be. Chris O'Donnell was cute as a button as Robin -- "Rubber Lips" is my favorite line of the entire movie. Thurman practically steals the film as Poison Ivy until Alicia Siverstone trumps her as the all-feminist Batgirl. A few gags don;t work but so many of them do -- I cannot believe the flak this funny, camp outing got from so many people. If you want a movie to complain about see Nicole Kidman <more>
singlehandedly ruin the Peacemaker or see Eyes Wide Shut -- a horrible valedictory for Kubrick, but Batman and Robin -- one of the worst movies of all time !!!???!! That statement makes me laugh -- but not as much as all the good chuckles I got from the film.
A different kind of Batman. Entertaining. (by hongpik)
Lets get one thing straight - if you're one of those original hardcore Batman fans whose idea of the same is a dark, serious and violent theme as in the previous Batman movies, you'll probably shoot yourself when you see this movie. So don't see it at all. On the other hand, this movie is rip roaring fun when you don't expect such a serious movie in the first place. With over the top acting, robin getting frozen mid-air to bat puns, plant puns, ice puns and bird robin puns, 'bat' credit cards expiration date FOREVER as in Batman forever. Get it? Yuk Yuk Yuk and <more>
Arnie as Mr.Freeze, how can you go wrong? Sure its kind of an insult and parody if you're one of those serious batman fans but if you don't take everything so seriously, this movie is a riot and entertainment wise, the best in the series. Sorry dudes.
Light entertainment at its best...And where did Poison Ivy get that hairdo? (by Tophee)
Great, light entertainment. A fun film recommended to all. Batman and Robin is no better nor no worse than I would expect from this kind of film. The plot acts as a thin web to hold together all the special effects and action scenes. If you want a deep meaningful movie, this isn't in the same league as the original Batman movie, however if you want pure and simple entertainment, then this film is for you. Each of the over-costumed main characters is trying to out-star all of the others, and that is fun in itself. Ignore the critics of this film and watch it with an open mind; do so and <more>
Really does not deserve the crapstorm it got! (by sarakitty05)
Honestly, I don't understand why people rambled on about this movie being garbage. I actually really enjoyed it. Although the previous one is still the best of the four. The only low point i could find was that the plot jumps quickly from one point to another without any explanation. Otherwise, everything else was great. George Clooney played a different kind of Bruce Wayne/Batman..a more lighthearted, smiling guy. Honestly, I found he was good...then again George Clooney could just stand there and he'd make me swoon. Chris O'Donnell was also great in his reprise as Robin, and I <more>
enjoyed him a lot. I loved the brotherly dynamic between the two characters that was shown in this film.Alicia Sylverstone was also good as batgirl, although if she wasn't there, it wouldn't have made a difference. But she was, so basing my review off of that, she did her role well.The two villains were very entertaining. I loved Uma Thurman's poison ivy, and I found her to be highly entertaining. Her powder became annoying after a little bit, though. Also, Arnold's Freeze was very good. Yes, he had some corny lines, and yes he was a little creepy looking, but overall he was very convincing as a villain and actually provided a challenge for the protagonists unlike the other bad guys we've seen . His backstory, about trying to find the cure for his ailing wife, was very emotional as well.Overall, as I've said for the past movies, do NOT listen to the critiques and base your interest off of that. Rather, check it out for yourself and give your OWN opinion on it. You might be surprised and find yourself enjoying it!
While I like Batman Forever and Batman Returns better, this is still a great film (by BrandtSponseller)
I hate consumer purists. I think purism is ignorant. I also hate sacred cows. I refuse to watch any film, or go into any artwork, with notions of how such and such is "supposed to be". If I could write and direct my own Batman film, Batman would be a geriatric transvestite who cuts down villains with a lawn mower. There would be a lot of bloody lawnmower deaths in the film. The batsuit would be a combination of a fur dress with "real", huge bat wings and a feminized baseball uniform. Batman would have fangs, eat insects and always sit or sleep upside down. Gotham City <more>
would be a small town in Oklahoma and Alfred would be a midget who is older than God and who has a horseshoe fetish. He'd go around naked and barefoot, except he'd have horseshoes on his feet. The Batmobile would be a bicycle. Batman would flap his big, stinky bat wings while he peddles. I'd have a villain who looks like the Penguin but who drives a pick-up truck with a shotgun in the rear window and chews tobacco. He'd spit it out into a bottle, and he'd have a huge collection of bottles in a warehouse full of refrigerators. I'd have a villain like Poison Ivy who dates the Mayor's teenaged daughter. Batman would dance with Poison Ivy and her girlfriend at a hoedown. They'd eat barbecued chicken while they dance, then lick the sauce off of each other's clothes. This wouldn't be intended as a spoof, and it's not that I dislike the Batman character--he's one of my favorite fictional characters.So you can see how director Joel Schumacher's changes to the Batman characters, production design and tone of the film wouldn't put me off of Batman & Robin. I like artists to do things differently, to express themselves. That doesn't mean that I want to make them slaves to the "cult of originality"--maybe they feel strongly about keeping some or most things "traditional", and that's fine. My main requirement is that they do something that they think is artistically valuable. And for me to like what they do, I have to find it interesting, enjoy it, or get something in the way of aesthetic or philosophical worth from it. I definitely find Batman & Robin interesting, I enjoy most of it, and it is very aesthetically pleasing to me. I do think there are a couple flaws. But they're minor enough to only bring my rating down to an 8.Batman George Clooney & Robin Chris O'Donnell have to battle two villains, Mr. Freeze Arnold Schwarzenegger and Poison Ivy Uma Thurman . Mr. Freeze is a scientist who went wacko when his wife acquired a terminal disease and he fell into a vat of cryogenic liquid. His primary ambition is to save his wife's life and make everyone else suffer along with him while he waits by freezing them--literally turning them into big peoplecicles. Poison Ivy is a psycho environmentalist who wants to turn the world back over to plants, but only after she's given plants animal characteristics, so if you try to do any weeding, they'll bite your bummies off. At the same time, Alfred Michael Gough is sick, and his hot niece, Barbara Wilson Alicia Silverstone comes to visit. The film features various scenarios of Batman & Robin trying to capture Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, and alternates this with relationship explorations between Batman, Robin, Alfred and Barbara.For my money, Batman & Robin has the best beginning of any of the Batman films to date. I love the frozen Warner Brothers logo. I love the segue into garish colors that look like Super Elastic Bubble Plastic. I love the sequence of body-part close-ups with the camp and homoerotic factor cranked up to 11. And I love the kick-ass extended action sequence that's as intense as the climax to most films and that features Batman and Robin playing ice hockey and then boogie-boarding on rocket ship parts at 30,000 feet. That just rocks.And things remain at a high level for some time. At least the first half of this film is a solid 10 to me. I'm a fan of George Clooney, and the bizarre casting of him as Batman is a stroke of genius in my book. The only better Batman would have been Tiny Tim, but he died during the production of Batman & Robin, so it's good they didn't cast him. I'm also a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He would have been a good Batman, too, but he's also excellent as Mr. Freeze.I like Gotham City better here than in any of the other films, at least architecturally. Schumacher makes the city huge and gives us constant eye candy. The other Gotham Cities may have had attractive atmospheres, but this one I'm pining to visit. I'd love to explore it. I want to race down that highway. I want to visit that observatory. The production designer, Barbara Ling, shouldn't have just received an Oscar for her work--you should be sending her your firstborn.I love the humor in the film. As I've noted many times, I'm a huge fan of the Adam West "Batman" 1966 . Schumacher makes a firm commitment to that level of camp in this film. Some scenes here are simply hilarious, like Mr. Freeze yelling at his cronies to sing along with Snow Miser song from The Year Without Santa Claus 1974 . Schumacher also does interesting things with the extremely twisted family metaphors of Batman, Robin, Alfred, and Barbara. And I love the colors.In fact, the only real problem I have with this film is that Schumacher slightly loses the plot focus about halfway through. It begins to seem more like a collection of set pieces than a taut story. But the set pieces work except for some clunkiness in the logic of the climax , and the film is excellent otherwise.
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 <more>
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'!