Batman Forever (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Warner Bros., PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  Story by , , Screenplay by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  

Gone are the good old days of Tim Burton’s menacingly creepy Gotham City. Director Joel Schumacher has turned the Caped Crusader’s hometown into a bloated colour parade, beautifully designed but also a bit ridiculous. This time, Batman ( filling in for Michael Keaton) must tackle two new villains, the Riddler (a hilariously loony ) and Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), while also fending off the attention of a beautiful doctor (Nicole Kidman) and making the acquaintance of his new friend Robin (). It could be a lot more fun if it weren’t so long and overdone, but it does have its moments, and Stephen Goldblatt’s cinematography is gorgeous.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Cinematography; Best Sound; Best Sound Effects Editing

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Original Song (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”)


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