Batman: The Movie Reviews
For real tho this film is awful but it's hilarious to the end of time, holy 50th birthday batman!!!
Based on the extremely popular television series from the 60's, this film centers around Batman and Robin trying to succeed in stopping a plan created by a large team of villains to steal and corrupt a invention that can possibly destroy the world.
Now if you are a fan of the original "Batman" television series from the 60's like me, then you will definitely enjoy this very harmless, short, campy, and overall, fun film.
Honestly, I really liked how this film turned out to be, and I really liked how it tried to be something very different that has not really been tried before, at least in a worldwide release for a film, since the TV show is intensely similar to this film. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I consider it, a good start.
His latest big screen undertaking, the critically spat upon "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (unseen by me since theaters are expensive and life is too short to sit through a panned three hour actioner), continues the trend of the Batman flick more bleak than playful - the DC side of things seems to be doomed to an existence of cynical, operatic fervor, Marvel a better alternate because it recognizes that tagging alongside superheroes should be joyful, not self-serious and dark.
So while I'm not saying 1966's "Batman" is my preferred take on the eponymous hero (Nolan's trilogy is a majestic collected masterpiece), I do treasure its tongue-in-cheek goofiness, the way it recognizes its inherent lunacy. As it was released following the first season of the TV series, it is, in essence, a prolonged episode. But at its best moments, the show was a celebration of camp and comic book staginess enhanced by vivacious performances, and the transfer from television to film feels natural. On par with "Danger: Diabolik" and "Barbarella," it's mod chintz mindful of its limitations but nevertheless prosperous in its style and comicality.
In "Batman," Adam West's Batman and Burt Ward's Robin are presented with a task more irksome than anything they've ever faced before: supervillains Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) have all banded together in hopes to - wait for it - take over the world. The fiends are all decently clever, but are no match for our Dynamic Duo, who know a thing or two about crime fighting and defeating egomaniacal do-badders.
If you know what the TV series looked, acted, and sounded like, you can't walk into "Batman" with the idea that you'll be presented with a cinematic masterpiece; it's a camp masterpiece, and to take it seriously is like going to Baskin Robbins and asking for a chicken burrito. So jump in with a smile and an open mind - you have to take it for what it is, which is light-hearted, amicable frowziness.
Maybe the sets looks like sets; maybe the plot is more interested in one-liners and garish gags; maybe continuity isn't a pressing characteristic. But look at how seriously its performers take their roles (West and Ward are wonderfully grave), how its misadventures are laughable, how camp becomes an art form. Making a convincing superhero movie is difficult, sure, but making one so kitschy and tacky is harder - to persuade an audience to go along with over-the-top cheekiness is akin to begging an introvert of a friend to go out partying for a night; you might get them out of the house, but will an agreeable attitude stick?
Fortunately, "Batman" has enough candy-colored charisma to keep us plenty nostalgic, its zippiness lovesome rather than maudlin. But I'm also a pretty easygoing viewer, as I'm a lover of camp and the film knows what it's doing. Affability depends on the consumer.