BATMAN AND ROBIN: There’s Something About an Anatomically Correct Rubber Suit That Puts Fire in a Girl’s Lips

Batman and Robin (1997) – Directed by Joel Schumacher – Starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Pat Hingle, John Glover, and Michael Gough.

BATMAN AND ROBIN is widely recognized as one of the worst films of all-time, and it is completely deserving of this dishonor. If you came here expecting 1,500 words ripping this junkbag to shreds, you’re not going to get it. Maybe on another night I’d gladly tear it apart, dissecting its hokey dialogue and ridiculous plot, but tonight I’m not in the mood.

I somehow managed to trip going up the stairs today and smashed my left hand up pretty good, so typing is about as much fun as, well, as watching BATMAN AND ROBIN.

Instead, because of all that, I’m going to concentrate on the good parts of the film. Here they are:

Michael Gough is endearing and compelling as Alfred. He brings out the best in Clooney, O’Donnell, and Silverstone, and his gentle grace grounds every scene he’s in, even in a completely over-the-top film like this, even when all he’s doing is laying in bed and dying. Gough is so good that he will give you something to hang onto while you suffer through this mess.

And that’s it. Goodnight, World.

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2 thoughts on “BATMAN AND ROBIN: There’s Something About an Anatomically Correct Rubber Suit That Puts Fire in a Girl’s Lips

  1. It was this movie that made me respect George Clooney as a stand-up guy. In interviews done after the movie bombed so horribly, he graciously took the blame for the movie on his shoulders. First of all, he admitted he should never have taken the part (I always thought he’d have made a terrific Green Hornet/Britt Reid) and he admitted that his performance suffered terribly because he was dead tired all the time due to his shooting “ER” during the day and B&R at night.

    • Agreed, Derrick. I remember Clooney standing up and taking the blame and I always thought that was really admirable thing to do, since his career as a movie star was not firmly established at that point.

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