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Batman & Robin
what the critics say, this is probably my favorite of the Batman
films. I like the fact that Batman, Robin, and Batgirl are
finally together fighting crime. Michael Gough is superb as
Alfred the butler for one last time. The supervillains Poison
Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and Bane are interesting additions to the Batman film
series, of which this is the fourth film. Chris O'Donnell is the
He's a more hip version of the "Golly, gee, Batman!", but still has that same overconfident teenage/early twenties
personality. I like Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, too.
She's a different-looking Batgirl than what everyone is used to.
She's blonde, not a redhead, and her costume doesn't really resemble a
bat or even Batman's costume. For a little while we see her with
a bat-ears motorcycle helmet, but for the most part she wears just a
simple mask over the eyes. I think the reason for the drastic
change in Batgirl's appearance is the fact that they were heavily
marketing this movie, and action figures of two redheaded women would
look too similar to each other. Since they make the merchandise
look like the movie versions, something had to be changed and it turned
out to be Batgirl.
Uma Thurman is outstanding as the lethal beauty
Poison Ivy. Arnold Schwarzenegger is COOL as Mr. Freeze. I
acting has come a long way from his early-1980s Conan the
Barbarian/Terminator days. He has expression in this movie, and
he's playing a definite character. Mr. Freeze isn't a complete
bad guy, although he does very evil things. He's mostly upset
over his wife being in a comatose state, and his condition of having to
be in extremely cold temperatures doesn't help his mood, either.
Thurman is definitely evil, and her thug Bane is just mindlessly
evil. He's not like the Bane from the comics, but it doesn't
matter because he's still a good character in this movie. I think
the producers just wanted the name draw of Bane in this movie, because
the character was pretty hot in the Batman comics around that
time. Poison Ivy with her powers of plants and Mr. Freeze with
his ice-weapons are interesting sci-fi touches to the Batman
series. Plus, this movie goes all-out with stunts, special
effects, elaborate sets, and high-tech gadgetry...especially the
vehicles. If you're truly a Batman fan, you'll love this film!