Posts Tagged ‘George Clooney’

This goes against every instinct I have. Every shred of my being for the last 14 years, every bit of movie and comic book based understanding that has told me that this movie was utterly terrible and directly contributed to the early demise of the superhero movie AND POSSIBLY SOCIETY.

But having rewatched it for a critical reappraisal, I must admit that Comics Alliance was right: Batman & Robin is actually not a bad movie.

I don’t even mean, “Not quite as bad as people say it is.” I mean, by the standards we judge movies by, it’s…actually pretty enjoyable.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a capital-G Good movie – it’s surely not something you’d recommend to some delightful hermit who just ventured out of a cave and said, “I’ve heard tell of this ‘Bat-Fellow’ you people seem to enjoy, what can you tell me of him?” – but it doesn’t deserve the reputation it’s gotten (mostly by people like me, granted).

Viewing it as a “not all that bad of a movie” does require us to accept that there are, in fact, different ways of watching movies, and of accepting variations on a theme. And with Batman, a character that has been built a dozen different ways in his lifetime, that’s an important caveat.

But let’s dispense with what is still undisputedly bad about it, before singing its modest praises.

Mr. Freeze is still ridiculous. (more…)

George Clooney has been in 19 movies that I’ve seen since Batman and Robin. And I have at the very least liked 16 of them. This is an impressive track record for any actor, let alone for an 80’s sitcom guy who played the greatest character ever in the worst movie ever (YES, hyperbole, WHY NOT?!).

It’s the track record of clear film-lover, who made enough money from a terrible movie that he realized he could essentially be the Charles Foster Kane of actors, starring in movie after movie that doesn’t do great (the occasional Ocean’s movie aside), simply because he has the clout and knows he’ll never go broke.

And because he seems chiefly interested in starring in films that feel like forgotten gems of the 60’s-70’s auteur period – when conspiracy thrillers didn’t require explosions and action movies doubled as character studies – George Clooney has pretty much become my go-to actor for Movies I’m Pretty Sure I’ll like.

(Clearly, he and the Coen Bros. also love 40’s comedies, since all their collaborations are Screwball with a capital Wackadoo, so that helps, too.)  (more…)