A huge step backwards next to the previous two installments. From industrial noir and German expressionism of its predecessors, Gotham is turned into exaggerated version of Las Vegas. A complex villain such as Two-Face is reduced to a poor man's Joker while the Riddler ends up as a queerish Joker on steroids. Despite all its flaws, it's still a fun watch for what it is and Val Kilmer gives his best given the material
Joel Schumacher took away the gothic atmosphere and returned to the campy style of the 60s with dreadful overacting from the "guest actors" and it's new main actors. It looks nice and Michael Gough is a great returning Alfred but let's be honest this film is everything that make studio action films terrible.
I enjoyed this very much when I was ten. I don't any more and it has dates terribly. The script has no understanding of the source material and ruins The Riddled and especially two face who comes across as Joke lite. Val Kilmer could make a decent Bruce Wayne but is underserved by this film. Is there a good way to make Robin work on film?
3,5 I don't understand why this film is so overlooked. It is a totally crazy film, a psychedelic and continously over-the-top (acting, cinematography, narrative) "object" that today would be impossibile to even think about. Honestly, I prefer the madness of Schumacher style than the impersonal and flat Nolan's Batman.
Caught somewhere between the Expressionist aesthetic of the Tim Burton films and the day-glo camp of Schumacher's own follow-up, "Batman Forever" is a nigh unwatchable Frankenstein's monster of a superhero film. Jim Carrey, oft-criticized for playing the Riddler as a Living Color sketch, is one of the few entertaining aspects of the movie considering he's the only one who appears to be having fun with the material.