Yesterday me and the husband watched Joel Schumacher’s The Number 23, a movie I stayed away from because of the incredibly crappy reviews it’s gotten since it release in 2007. Which is kinda strange for being me, I often enjoy films that everyone dislikes.
The Number 23 wasn’t the underrated unpolished diamoned I hope it to be, but it’s an okey film - just a very silly and cheesy and having problems hanging together. Carrey is good, as usual - his serious works are often a lot more interesting than his comedies - and gives some heart to a frail man.
For some reason I picked up Batman & Robin afterwards, also directed by the uneven but talented Schumacher. First of all, this is THE perfect film to be transformed into an ice skating show, not just because of the word pun-maestro Mr Freeze, the whole film feels like a big, tacky, Las Vegas opera with every fucking color available in neon and lots of big, silly as fuck set pieces - often set in one big room, just like the brilliant 60’s film and show starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
Batman & Robin might be tacky Hollywood trash, but it does it so damn well. It’s very aware of what it is and plays along all the way. Some geeks might find it disturbing to treat a beloved movie franchise like this, but to be it really dosen’t matter. It’s film, it’s fun, and it’s a different take on something that usually becomes kinda boring and mean-spirited. I’m not a fan of the Christian Bale-Batmans for example, those I just find big and noisy and lacking the love I want from the genre.
I, as a satanist, tend to see every film as an individual. A film should be judged on its own merits, and not be compared to other filmmakers visions. And judging Batman & Robin through my mind it’s a helluva awesome and fun flick.
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