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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Allow me to break the ice

Driving in this morning while freezing rain and high winds made it hard for me to stay on the highway, I thought about something that's been making me laugh a lot lately. It's all here, a collection of puns spoken by Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin, as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I'm not someone who thinks Batman & Robin is the worst film in history (that distinction, currently, is a tie between The Beach and the original When A Stranger Calls), but I've never had a desire to rewatch the film. I remember seeing the film in the theater with my bandmates at the time. I didn't hate it, but I'd say I was entertained. The whole "It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature" line bugged me though.

All these years later, there's this crazed desire I have to watch the movie again. No matter how bad those puns are ("Allow me to break the ice" and "What killed the dinosaurs? The ice age!" are some of my favorites), I want to re-examine this franchise-killing film. I think the film still looks fantastic with its use of color and I think it would be much more suitable for younger kids. Once they hit puberty, it's all about the Christopher Nolan adaptations and nothing else.

I find things rather peculiar in how, no matter how much money Batman & Robin raked in, it's still considered a flop. Once again, any movie's legacy is based on its reputation by the people who wanted to see (and probably paid to see it), not by how much money it pulled in at the box office. So that's why I probably would like to borrow it from somebody I know. Or just make it a quick Netflix rental and be done with it.

1 comment:

Richard of DM said...

The only thing worse than When a Stranger Calls is the sequel, When a Stranger Calls Back. Yowza, that's a terrible ass movie.