Original Post Date: 9/9/2009
You say worst Batman film ever? I say "FUNNIEST BATMAN FILM EVER!"
PLOT (written by Shawn Gilson at IMDB.com): The 4th installment on the Batman franchise, this one centers around the villain Mr. Freeze who has gone evil because of the near death of his wife, Lady Fries. Also introducing Poison Ivy, the deadliest plant-lover in the world who will get pissed-off if you "fool with Mother Nature". Poison Ivy, whilst controlling the strong, buff villain Bane develops into Mr. Freeze's sidekick while ironically she only causes trouble between The Dark Knight himself and The Boy Wonder. The villains plot to freeze Gotham and to be the only remaining humans on the planet. But Batman and Robin must come together despite their differences and their butler Alfred's deadly illness that only Freeze has the cure for. They find help from heroine, Batgirl while they plan to defeat Freeze, Ivy, and Bane.

Today, I turn 23 years old. As I get towards the big 3-0, I am starting to get nostalgic and remembering all the pop culture of my youth. Growing up, my favorite superhero was Batman. With the release of Batman: The Animated Series back in the early 90's, it was a good time to be a fan. The show exemplified everything that was great with the character and treated its audience like they actually could put 2 and 2 together (mostly because they assumed adults would be watching, methinks). In the film world, Batman was on a success ride: the first film, in 1989, was a critical and commercial success and widely regarded as one of the very few superhero films to do it right. The sequel, Batman Returns, was released in 1992 and featured a much darker tone, but was still successful. The director of these two films, Tim Burton, decided to sit out the next installment and instead, Joel Schumacher (of...I have no idea fame) took over. 

Batman Forever super duper sucks, do not let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Released in 1995, it was a bit campier and featured Val Kilmer taking over Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman. I hate Val Kilmer, save for two films, and this isn't one of them. Also, Jim Carrey overhammed his performance as The Jok...sorry The Riddler and it was just bad bad bad. 1997, Joel Schumacher finally brought force his new opus: Batman and Robin, starring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader and featuring Uma Thurman and AH-Nold Schwartzenegger as the main villains (Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze, respectively). If you ask any comic book nerd or any super Batman fan, or anyone really, they will tell you the same thing: Batman and Robin is not only a disgrace to the source material, but a horrible horrible HORRIBLE film. Today Film Calamity buffs, I am not here to blast it, oh no. Get ready for my big admittance: I not only like Batman and Robin, but Ilove it. It's true. I said it, and not ironically.

First off: it isn't a good movie. I know it's not a good movie, and I know for a fact it makes a mockery of Batman and everything before it. However, I do not care in the slightest. Batman and Robin is a loud, bright, super lame exercise in fun. The actors ham it up, the set design is absolutely crazy, and it's so ridiculous I can't help but enjoy it. Everyone is just having fun. 

I think the real honest to god reason I love this film so much is the Governator himself. As Mr. Freeze, he is a pun spewing, ice cave dwelling, "make my minions sing Christmas carols" doing kinda guy. He isn't even really a villain; he's the COMIC RELIEF. Everytime he's on screen, I love it and just laugh my face off.

Look, Batman fans: I get why you hate it. I really do, but after the release of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, can you really watch the old ones anymore? Batman, Batman Forever, and Batman Returns (to a lesser degree) are flat out unwatchable now because they take themselves too seriously while being too lame for the audience to take seriously. Batman and Robin sticks out from the pack; it's watchable AS LONG as you can take yourself away from the source material and are in the mindset that "yes, it's going to suck, but it's going to be a fun suck!" Check it out again; I dare you. 

Stay tuned to the bottom of your screen, and if that video doesn't convince you, then you're heart is made of ice (FREEZE).

Batman and Robin is available at bargain bins everywhere, or on TV, or probably online.

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