Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Batman & Robin – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Batman & Robin (1997)
After the huge success of Batman Forever Warner Bros wanted to capitalise on the franchise quickly and went straight into production for Batman & Robin and announced it for June release in 1997. Many fans at the time felt a sequel was happening all too soon and the fans were right to worry. The movie was totally rushed out despite having a huge budget and bombed at the box office. It made a large amount of money but not enough to make any real profit.
The movie was panned heavily by critics and the fans due its awful dialogue and poor characterisations of some of the classic icons from the comics. The movie was played for laughs and was far to campy for its own good. It has often made the number 1 spot on many top 10 worst comic book movie lists. There are many issues with this film but is there anything to enjoy or good per say in this film?..lets finds out.