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.
I recently skimmed through bits and pieces of this film after having not seen it since I was eight. It was terrible back then and it's terrible now. Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen. Practically intolerable.
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