Batman & Robin (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Widescreen)
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Following Val Kilmer's portrayal of the caped crusader in Batman Forever, the fourth Batman feature stars George Clooney under the pointy-eared cowl, with Chris O'Donnell returning as Robin the Boy Wonder. This time the dynamic duo is up against the nefarious Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is bent on turning the world into an iceberg, and the slyly seductive but highly toxic Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), who wants to eliminate all animal life and turn the Earth into a gigantic greenhouse. Alicia Silverstone lends a hand as Batgirl, and Elle McPherson plays the thankless role of Batman/Bruce Wayne's fiancée. A sensory assault of dazzling colors, senseless action, and lavish sets run amok, this Batman & Robin offers an overdose of eye candy, but it is strictly for devoted Bat-o-philes. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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All four Batman movies have Bruce Wayne (George Clooney) awkwardly trying to explain to some love interest that he's a complicated and odd fellow - he is Batman afterall. In this movie, his girlfriend (Elle MacPherson) says she wants to marry him. Elle doesn't do anything except take up space in this movie, but she makes for some nice eye candy. Anyway, it's especially hilarious when Wayne's saying "There's things you don't know about me..." and so on, because it sounds like he's about to come out of the closet. Batman Returns mentions what became of Vicki Vale, and I like that. Schumacher never bothers to let us know what becomes of Catwoman, or Meridian, or if Wayne accepts Elle's wedding proposal. Characters are simply ignored and forgotten in Schumacher's movies. Batman Forever doesn't acknowledge the existence of Burton's movies. And this movie pretends that the first three movies don't exist (except for the clothes we see in an Arkham storage room).
There's leaden acting from everyone in this movie - except from Schwartzenegger and Thurman. They're actually quite entertaining (most of the time). And of course, the villains overshadow the completely uninteresting title character.Read more ›
The point of no return? The Bat-Credit Card.
Look, I'm not one of those rabid fans that complains when a movie takes liberties with a comic book to make it fit the big screen better. I was fine with the organic webshooters in "Spider-Man," I had no problem with the de-aging of Rogue and Iceman for the "X-Men" movies... but the changes made in this installment of the "Batman" franchise were not only arbitrary, but BAD, and I just can't forgive that. The nicest thing I can say about this movie is that, even though Clooney has publicly accepted responsibility for it, he was actually pretty good considering what he had to work with. Give us a decent director and a decent screenwriter next time out, Warner Bros, and maybe we'll stop harping on how lousy this one was.
Gotham is under siege, this time by not one but THREE supervillains: Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Bane.
The dynamic duo is called to the rescue despite the tension growing between them. Complicating things, Barbara Pennyworth, Alfred's niece, has come to Wayne manor to liberate her ailing uncle from a life of servitude. She also has a secret: a wild side that needs to be tamed.
When an all-out assault is declared on Gotham by Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, the caped crusaders rise to the occasion, and this time they have a little help.
If you took the cheesy, camp-filled '60's Batman series and shot it with a huge budget, tons of effects and modern day equipment, Batman & Robin is what you'd get (and is what we got).
Clearly this was the film that killed the Batman franchise. It took eight years for Warner Brothers to recover from the disaster that was this movie.
The story--the "what it's about"--though farfetched, is bearable. It's the dialogue and stupid jokes that catapult this Bat flick a zillion miles into the campy canyon.
On the plus side, if you watch this movie solely for the bright colors, glitter and action, you'll have a good time.
If you're looking for substance, go back to the beginning, namely Burton's '89 triumph.
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I am a completest which is the main reason I bought this movie. I must admit though it was fun seeing the Terminator as Mr. Freeze. Arnold showed rare emotion in this flick.Published on May 30 2013 by Tiberiuscan
The villains of Gotham City are hard at it again, and the dynamic duo are there to save the day!Published on May 23 2013 by Neal Whitnack
the movie was bad dont buy its not a good movie bad acting and it pissing me off great cast but they made the movie only for the toys its lame lame lame leam and leam it gets 0... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2012 by godzilla_fan
Batman and Robin belongs to the campier style of Batman (think Adam West Batman). It takes flashy colour and razzle dazzle over the darker, broodier style of the newer movies. Read morePublished on March 8 2011 by Darn! Relaxed jar banana
OMG, Batman cannot be more ridiculous with George Cloney! His role as Batman & Alicia Silverstone is just awfull. Thanks to Uma Thurman & her great performance as Poison ivy. Read morePublished on July 21 2008 by Martine
This movie should not have gotten made. In a way, I'm thankful: if not for this complete flop, Batman Begins would not have happened. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2005 by Jeff
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