Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA/United Kingdom, 1997. Warner Bros., Polygram Filmed Entertainment. Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on characters created by Bob Kane. Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt. Produced by Peter Macgregor-Scott. Music by Elliot Goldenthal. Production Design by Barbara Ling. Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin, Robert Turturice. Film Editing by Mark Stevens, Dennis Virkler.
Watching the first four Batman movies in the order that they were made is like watching lava slide down a volcano: hot at first, rocky and cold when it finally reaches its destination, and sure enough this fourth entry in the Caped Crusader’s adventures is a humdinger of a bore enough to nail the last lid in his bat-shaped coffin. Though George Clooney makes an excellent Batman (and a better one than Val Kilmer) he is mired in a ridiculous tale of stopping the evil Mr. Freeze (a boring and silly Arnold Schwarzenegger) from turning all of Gotham City into a giant ice castle. Batman and cohort Robin (Chris O’Donnell, cute and goofy as ever) and the new member of the team Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone, how about I say nothing and just roll my eyes) team up to fight the master villain, who also employs the efforts of the wiley Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman, the best performance in the film) to carry out his evil deeds. Joel Schumacher takes his cartoonish version of Gotham City from Batman Forever one step too far, and this ridiculously lame film is plastic and stiff instead of being stylishly fun. Even the overdone colours and set pieces will get on your last nerve.