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Batman And Robin 4K UHD Review

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“Batman And Robin” is a low point in the franchise.

In “Batman And Robin,” the titular heroes struggle to act as partners as they face off against a super soldier in Bane, the deadly Poison Ivy who has her own nefarious plot, and Mr. Freeze who is looking to freeze Gotham City and hold it ransom in order to acquire funds to develop a cure for his wife’s condition. As if that weren’t enough to deal with, Alfred has fallen ill and Alfred’s niece (Barbara) stays with Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.

After the fun “Batman Forever,” director Joel Schumacher returned for a bloated installment that feels like it has way too many cooks in the kitchen as it is crammed with subplots, characters, and a trio of villains. The film also strangely harkens back to the 60’s Batman series only it’s not funny or campy in a good way. This movie is straight up cornball with it’s one-liners (“The Iceman Cometh!”), Bat nipples, Bat credit card, ice skating goons, sky surfing, gravity defying action, neon colors, and monkey suits. It’s not hard to see why this cartoonish big budget movie stalled the franchise as it’s just a goofy mess. 

The casting here is…not good. Arnold Schwarzenegger is ridiculous as Mr. Freeze with his endless amount of ice puns. In the comics the character is deep and sympathetic, but in this, he has very little depth to say the least. George Clooney steps into the Batsuit here, but is completely awkward and uncomfortable in the role. We all know he’s a great award winning actor, but this is clearly not in his realm. You can make a case that Uma Thurman knows what type of movie she is in, but, boy, does she ham it up to the max here. She’s trying too hard to me. Alicia Silverstone debuts as a Barbara/Batgirl that is not related to Comm. Gordon, but is instead related to Alfred (it makes no sense). She’s also quite miscast here as she has zero chemistry with anyone. The only 2 actors that turn in solid performances here are Michael Gough as Alfred (who has always been consistent) and Chris O’Donnell as Robin who actually feels like he is continuing where he left off in “Batman Forever.”

“Batman And Robin” does have a few redeeming qualities. First and foremost, the big extravagant sets are impressive. You don’t really see sets of this scale anymore. Secondly, I dig Elliot Goldenthal’s big score. His Batman music is really quite underrated. While it’s not written particularly well, I at least appreciated the fact that this movie deals with the struggling duo dynamic as the impulsive Robin struggles to earn Batman’s trust. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? Say what you will about the movie but the 4K transfer is stunning. The first 4 Batman films are far and away some of the best 4K releases video (and audio) wise.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The Atmos track does not disappoint. From the freeze ray to the batmobile’s roaring engine, this loud movie gets the best possible audio track on home video. 

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* A thoughtful commentary by director Joel Schumacher
* “Batman And Robin” theatrical trailer
* 2 featurettes on the villains and heroes of “Batman And Robin.”
* 1 deleted scene
* Music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins great song “The End Is The Beginning Is The End” as well as the underrated “Look Into My Eyes” by Bone Thungs-N-Harmony and Jewel’s “Foolish Games
* “Shadows Of The Bat: The Cinematic Saga Of The Dark Knight Part 6- Batman Unbound”- A 27 minute extra that contains, interviews, film clips, and fascinating stories about the making of “Batman And Robin.”
* “Beyond Batman”-5 featurettes on the production design, vehicles, costumes, make-up, visual effects.
 

May 1, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. A low point for popular culture and for mankind as a whole…this movie did not kick ice!

    Comment by tensecondsfromnow | May 2, 2020 | Reply


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