Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Joel Schumacher
This movie also pits Batman against Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a disfigured criminal with a grudge. Two-Face is more of a figure of fun than the hideous creature he could have been, with an acid-scarred look that makes him appear more clownish than monstrous.
Another character with circus connections is Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), a talented acrobat who soon finds he has some of the same motivations for vigilante revenge as Batman does. At least he has a reasonable explanation for his bright costume, whereas The Riddler just seems to want to add crimes against good taste to his rap sheet. Batman tries to persuade Dick to turn away from the life he's chosen, but Dick is determined to help Batman as his sidekick, Robin.
Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) is a psychologist who falls for Batman, although it's anyone's guess what she sees in this rather wooden version of the Dark Knight. Kilmer isn't the most intense Batman, and his portrayal is fairly stiff.
The action comes to a head after the Riddler sells people his Nygma box, which he can use to change their brainwaves and steal their thoughts on a grand scale. It's a melodramatic finale that relies on a a real old chestnut of a dilemma for Batman when he has to decide who he will rescue. The movie is full of corny jokes that suit Jim Carrey's over-the-top delivery, peppered with manic laughter from Two-Face. Batman Forever is a silly film that falls in the gap between comedy and action, never really impressing in either genre. This one's strictly for die-hard fans of Jim Carrey's unique brand of exhibitionist humour.
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