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Monday, July 21, 2014

Movie Review:Batman & Robin

Premise:Batman and Robin fight to stop a grief-stricken scientist and a seductive eco-terrorist.

Cast:George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl, Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth, John Glover as Jason Woodrue

Director:Joel Schumacher

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for strong stylized action and some innuendos

Genres:Action, sci-fi

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and belongs to Warner Brothers.

Pros:Avoids a romantic subplot. Alfred.

Cons:Really cheesy. Plot makes little sense. Poor villains. Robin again. Poor acting. Logical problems.

Sigh. Batman really can't catch a break. Now Mr. Freeze is messing up Gotham and a new villain has shown up.

Once again, we get a really cheesy Batman film. But this time, I was expecting it thanks to Batman Forever, so the cheese was easier to digest. Still, with hammy acting and terrible puns, many won't enjoy it. And Bane, who from what I understand is a pretty smart guy in the comics, is reduced to a mindless bruiser here.

Poison Ivy was not much better. Uma Thurman was just plain awful in this movie. They should redeem Ivy and Mr. Freeze like they did with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. And how did Ivy immediately know how the Venom had changed her?

Robin is still abrasive and annoying, though it's not like Batman's blameless. He does little to actually help Batman, especially when he's under Poison Ivy's spell. And that part of the plot ends up much like the Two-Face thing in the last movie.

Batman Forever at least had a good plot; this doesn't even have that going for it. Freeze's suit runs on diamonds, which seems rather inefficient and expensive. And that's far from the only logical problem.

On the bright side, this time there's no annoying romantic subplot between Bruce and whatever woman he's with (this time Julie Madison). She appears in a couple scenes and hints she wants to get married, but that's it. And Alfred adds some genuinely emotional moments.

In the end, watch it if it sounds bad enough to be good. Otherwise, forget it.

Sex:Poison Ivy's most deadly weapon is her ability to seduce men. She uses pheromone dust to make them fall for her, makes suggestive remarks, and kisses them because her mouth is full of poison. Robin accuses Batman of wanting Ivy for himself. When Bruce has dinner with and kisses his girlfriend, he imagines Ivy in her place. Ivy herself gets a thing for Freeze after her love dust fails to work on him. A woman tells her she gives women a bad name for using her feminine wiles.
When Dick sees a beautiful girl at the door, he says "Please be looking for me." A female lackey of Freeze's wears an illogically skimpy outfit. She comes on to him, but he rejects her. The camera zooms in on three people's (two men and a woman) crotches, chests, and butts. Woman wear revealing outfits. There's a auction that lets the highest bidder spend an evening with the woman of his choice, which Ivy crashes. A few men appear in just loin clothes. Bruce jokes not to point a high-powered telescope at his bedroom.

Violence:A scientist kills his partner when she refuses to help him with his unethical research. She comes back and poisons him. Ivy kills guards by kissing them, trashes and burns a lab, and murders a woman she views as competition. People nearly fall to their deaths. Not surprising, several more people are encased in ice. In security footage, a man is blown backwards. A motorcycle race features deadly obstacles.
It's implied a villain will destroy a woman's life, albeit not an innocent woman. Heroes, villains, and henchmen punch, toss, and whack each other. Vehicles fly through the air and crash. Things blow up. An evil plan involves genocide of humanity.

Drugs/Alcohol:Mr. Freeze smokes a cigar, which makes no sense. Another guy holds a cigar. Alcohol is served at parties. Bane is given super drugs/steroids/toxins (called Venom) to bulk him up.

Language:"H*ll" and "d**n" are both used a couple times.

Spiritual:Ivy remarks "It took God six days to create paradise. Let's see if I can do better," quotes Genesis 1:3, and calls men the most absurd of God's creature. When she gets a look at Freeze, she says "That's not a man. That is a god."
There's a pun about "Adam and evil". Alfred calls Batman an attempt to control fate and death. Freeze tells Batman to freeze in hell. When things go wrong and someone wonders what to do now, the response is to pray.

So what did you think? Do people give it too much flak? Or does it deserve every bit it gets?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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