Thursday, 21 April 2011

Batman Forever

Val Kilmer phones in this third incarnation of the Batman franchise after Michael Keaton and Tim Burton sensibly jump ship in this hugely inferior sequel.

Tommy Lee Jones (Two Face) and Jim Carrey (The Riddler) mug their way through the film as two of the most annoying supervillains in comic book history whilst attempting to steal the intelligence of Gotham’s citizens through some spurious mind control device.

In the first half an hour Batman attempts to thwart Two Face’s elaborate attempt to steal an enormous bank safe by ripping it from the vault by a chain being pulled by a huge Sikorsky helicopter.

Batman manages to free the safe and whilst hanging from the chain gets dragged through a glass billboard. He manages to climb up and obscure the pilots view with his cape forcing him to crash into the Statue of Liberty (even though this isn’t New York).

Verdict

A pretty decent explosion and associated fall out but you would expect that from a film that cost $100 million to make.

Relevance to plot

Pretty negligible really as it is more an introduction to Two Face’s crazy criminal escapades rather then a crucial plot point. Is hauling a safe out a bank via helicopter and dragging it half way across the city the work of an evil mastermind or a showboating idiot?

Artistic merit

Joel Schmacher knows his action onions and the scene is handled well although if you look carefully the helicopter itself looks a little model-like.

Exploding helicopter innovation

First helicopter to crash into the Statue of Liberty.

Positives

I like the artful way the rotor blades hack into the head as the debris slowly burns its way down the Statue of Liberty’s robes.

Negatives

Its rather unclear how Two Face escapes from the burning depris and a 500ft fall with no superpowers to speak of apart from the ability to toss a coin and act like an inferior version of the Joker.

Review by: Neon Messiah

Still want more? Then listen to the Exploding Helicopter podcast episode on Batman Forever. Find it on iTunes, YourListen, Podomatic or Stitcher.


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