Batman & Robin (1997) Reaction

One of the movies people make fun of for numerous reasons. I do understand why; however, when I watch this movie, I enjoyed it. I think it was over-the-top and overdramatic on purpose. Maybe it was trying to catch the quirkiness of the Adam West Batman and the comic book feel from the comics. I don’t know, but I did rewatch this movie this past weekend since I saw it on Netflix. Go check it out, if you’d like hahaha.

First thing I poked at about this movie when I was rewatching it with my friend was the costumes, the nipple suits and the weird shots of the costumes’ anatomies hahaha. I’m not sure why they did those shots, but whatever floated their boat, I suppose.

Now, as mentioned before, I know the acting was overdramatic and everything looked warped and fake and fantastical. BUT I’m sure it was purposeful style choice. So I’m not going to mention it much haha.

One thing that annoyed me about Robin. Now, I like Chris O’Donnell. I watched him in The Bachelor, The Three Musketeers, and a bit in NCIS: LA. I just didn’t like how Robin was. I’m used to the Robin I watched on Teen Titans. He was a smart leader/strategist/detective. The Robin in this movie reminded me more of a selfish little whiny pre-teen? Which makes me wonder how old is Robin supposed to be in this movie? I would guess college age? He should be acting like a rebellious teenager, imho.

The whole warping of Barbara’s backstory. Barbara Wilson??? Whhhhyyyyy????? So in this cinematic universe, Barbara is Alfred’s niece. This is nice, I guess, but I just think it does a huge disservice to who Barbara was. I know, I know. I’m probably being biased because one of my favorite cartons growing up was Batman: The Animated Series, in which Barbara was the daughter of Commissioner Gordon. She was just this redheaded badass girl that I marveled at when I watched hahaha. Batman & Robin changed her to this blond, school girl techie who seemed to try too hard to seem like a badass with her black eyeliner and want for motorbike racing……I did like Alicia Silverstone in Clueless and Blast from the Past.

I’m not quite sure what was going on with Alfred. Why did they decide to make him ailing? Why was he searching for his brother Wilfred? Were the moviemakers planning for something in the future with this storyline?

I found the difference between the two movie Banes HILARIOUS.

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Not only is it hilarious because of how different they look, but it’s more about how they acted!!! Batman & Robin’s Bane only spoke a few words at a time, like a toddler. Just repeated words like a dimwitted parrot. I have to admit though, I didn’t exactly like the “new” Bane either though. I’m a very nostalgic person, I guess. I liked the Bane from the animated series haha.

On Poison Ivy, I love the character. I wish she was more powerful in the movie.

On Mr. Freeze……..I wish he had been more sinister. I now that these movies were more on the corny, campy, funny side, but I liked Mr. Freeze to be more serious. I thought he could’ve been more evil, except for whenever it concerns his wife. I remember Mr. Freeze as being scary and evil until you see him slowing down and showing emotions when he looks down at the dancing little figure of his beloved wife…..*tear*

There are so many more things that I can talk about with this movie. Things that I liked, things that annoyed me–but overall, this movie was enjoyable. I laughed and I love to laugh. I’m going to see if I can find the Batman movie that came before this. The one with Two Face and the Riddler. I remember Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carey being funny in it.

Maybe after that I’ll look for the Batman movie with Catwoman and Penguin, as well as the one with the Joker in the 80s…….although, both of those Batman movies scared me and freaked me out as child hahaha.

I know people rag on horrible movies, but I think that as long as it’s enjoyable, it ain’t too bad 🙂

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