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The Dynamic Duo together again at last
Surprisingly, better than I expected. Without Tim Burton directing this one, I was a bit skeptical. However, Joel Schumacher has come up with a decent film. The movie is based off the dynamic duo from D.C. comics. In the film, Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) is at a point in his life where he discovers that revenge has consumed his whole life and goes through somewhat of a mid life crisis. Later, Bruce is forced to take on a young ward, Robin/Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell) after Dick's family dies at the hands of Two Face/Harvey Dent (Tommy Lee Jones). Meanwhile, Bruce fires a nerdy employee, Edward Nygma/Riddler (Jim Carrey), whom vows revenge at any cost and enlists the aid of Two Face. To be honest, the film did seem a bit too campy at times for my personal tastes, and the characters didn't have the sinister presence of the first two films. However, I do admit the action scenes in this film were a lot more dynamic than in the previous films. This film may not be the as good as the previous ones, but it's still a good movie.
The story for this film seemed pretty decent despite some of its cheesiness. For example, in one scene it shows Batman flirting with Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) in front of a bank before going in to take on Two Face and when Robin did his line, "Holy rusted metal, Batman!" I know for some this probably doesn't matter but from reading Batman comics as a kid, it just seems inappropriate for the Dark Knight to be flirting in public like that. Hence, it kind of took away the dark presence that Keaton used to have portraying Batman. Don't get me wrong, I would, along with every other guy, love to hit on a sultry Nicole Kidman. However, for story purposes, it kind of makes the film seem a bit campy.
Another problem was Two Face's origin seemed rushed and not fully explained. However, I guess when they're writing the script they had to cut one of the character's origin in order to fit everything into one film.
Fortunately, the action sequences and special effects were awesome. From watching the previous two films under Burton, there really wasn't as much action. In "Batman Forever", the special effects were dynamic. In one scene, Batman and Robin invaded Riddler's hideout, with the Batjet and Batboat, in which Riddler and Two Face used a Battle Ship board game to fire at the dynamic duo. And of course, my favorite when Two Face lights Batman on fire. I'm not saying the last two didn't have some cool action scenes, but I think the special effects for this film were just a tad better.
Definitely, better than I expected. Great action sequences, but the story seemed a bit cheesy at times. Overall, this film may not be perfect, but it'll keep the family happy on movie night.