Before Bale, there was Clooney.

4 02 2010

Movie fans are a discerning bunch. They know what they like and they know a steaming pile of horse manure when they see it.

In the week that the 2010 nominations for the Oscars have been announced, the results of a new poll in Empire Magazine have revealed that the worst movie of all time is………………………..Batman & Robin.

I am prepared to concede that the 1997 vision of director Joel Schumacher was not a great piece of cinematic art. Despite having an OK cast (Arnie, Uma Thurman, Chris O’Donnell and George Clooney), it was 125 minutes of my life that I will never get back.

Everything that was good about the Tim Burton films and the reasonable stab at Gotham that was Batman Forever was blown away by Arnie overacting as Mr Freeze and by Uma failing to make Poison Ivy a pin-up for the average comic book fan. And lets not forget the appearance of Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl.

It was not a good film, but the worst of all time?

Does no-one remember Robocop 3 or Superman 4? Has the entire output of Jean Claude Van Damme been ignored when discussing dreadful? Was Dolph Lundgren in The Punisher a superior piece of film?

What about Nacho Libre and Bruce Almighty? How about the work of Nicole Kidman in The Invasion, The Golden Compass, Bewitched and The Stepford Wives? John Travolta in Battlefield Earth?

Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still, Robert De Niro as a camp pirate in Stardust, the appalling 90 minutes that is Blades of Glory. Are Clooney’s bat-nipples really worse than these films?

Empire magazine has described Batman and Robin as “a byword for franchise-killing and bad movie making“.

I watched GI Joe : The Rise of Cobra and turned it off after 60 minutes. I fell asleep during Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen. I left the cinema during Sex, Lies and Videotape. I paid £1 in a sale for Jason X and still feel ripped off.

Batman and Robin is awful but it is not the worst movie of all time. It may have been vastly over-budget and included a blink or miss appearance by Elle MacPherson but to call it the worst movie of all time is unfair.

After all, if it had been any good we would never have had Batman Begins and the joy that is The Dark Knight.

From the ashes of a ruined franchise, came the roses of success.

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