Monday, January 28, 2013

Off the Cuff Movie Review - Batman the Movie

     No, not that one. Or that one. This is the first one, the hilariously campy 1966 film based on the equally campy TV show, with Adam West, Burd Ward, Cesar Romero, Anthony Burgess and Frank Gorshin. The boys and I howled our way through this ridiculous romp, while my dear wife worried that our brains had fled, and that hers was preparing to jump ship as well. 
     Batman and Robin versus the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman all at once? Check. Bat-Shark-repellent? Check. Self-sacrificing porpoises (What?)? Check. A goofy ray gun that reduces its target to 100% dry dust (just add water to reverse the effect)? Check. Big silly fist fight scene with "Splat!" and "Klonk!" written across the screen?  Check. I've only seen a few episodes of the classic TV show, but now I think I'll try to find some more. I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a long time.

      Best line from the movie: Batman is running this way and that, holding a large smoking bomb over his head, dodging children, nuns and even ducklings, looking for a place to dispose of it.
"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!"

     Hilarious. Ask at the public library, call Netflix or the local video store. Watch this movie. Laugh yourself silly. We did. 


Anonymous said...

Do you mean Burgess Meredith? I don't think the guy who wrote A Clockwork Orange was in Batman.

Library Bob said...

Oh, my. Yes, I meant Burgess Meredith. Thanks for pointing out my error.