Monday, February 8, 2010

Batman: The Movie (1966)

This film is hilarious. There's nothing serious about it. Just pure entertainment. No real violence. Just a few wacky gadgets, great dialogue and crazy characters. No mental diorders, split personalities, repressed childhood anger, fixations with revenge. Just a guy and his friend who like to dress up in costumes and beat up bad guys. "OOOooohh the plot line is terrible". Who gives a damn.

Batman (Adam West) and Robin(Burt Ward) are called to an emergency situation out at sea. It's a hoax, and while The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder tangle with an exploding shark, Commodore Schmidlapp has been captured by the four deadliest super criminals on the planet: The Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman and the Joker. Batman and Robin's detective work is the best: Batman "Pretty fishy what happened to me on that ladder" Gordon "You mean, where there's a fish, there could be a Penguin" Robin "But wait! It happened at sea! See? "C" for Catwoman!" Batman "Yet... an exploding shark was pulling my leg!" Gordon "The Joker!" O'Hara "It all adds up to a sinister riddle. Riddler?" Detective work at it's finest. I thought it was funny anyway.

I'm guessing this thinking back, but I think that they captured Commodore Schmidlapp to obtain some kind of new technology which they use to build a Dehydration Gun. The gun sucks all the fluid out of a person, turning the person into powder, and then they can rehydrate the person at will. The criminals plan on using this device to capture the heads of the United Nations, and ultimately take over the world. And of course it's down to the Dynamic Duo to save the day. I don't know bout anyone else but I think that is a GREAT plot.

Classic quotes: "Confound it....the batteries are dead!", "It was noble the way that animal threw itself infront of that torpedo to save our lives", "Bon voyage little pussy". Robin "Where's that elavator going" Batman "Downstairs obviously...", "Hand down the shark repellent Batspray", "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb"

1 comment:

Batman 1966 said...

This film is simultaneously one of the best comic book movies and one of the best parodies of a comic book. This film is simultaneously silly and surreal.