Friday, August 26, 2011

Batman, 1966

Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Burgess Meredith, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin

This is not the dark pseudo-investigation of I-don't-know-what that Christopher Nolan's been pursuing recently. It's the full-length movie associated with the goofy TV show in the 1960's. It's like an extended and expanded episode of the show. There are bat-boats and bat-copters. Instead of one villain, there are four (Penguin, Catwoman, Joker, and Riddler). And the plot is more complex.

It's funny. If you haven't seen too many Batman episodes recently, it's more fun. The problem with Batman is that since there are a limited number of jokes, it does get old after a while; when I most recently watched this movie, I hadn't seen any Bat-thing in quite a while, so it was good that way.

If you're watching so you can see a fight with "Kapow!" on the screen, they save that until the end.

Also, regarding Adam West: a lot of people underrate his work as a comic actor. He is consistently funny in this movie and in the show. I've heard and read comments that he didn't know what he was doing, as if his timing and delivery were accidentally good. They're not. He knows what he's doing and he's good at it.

Batman at IMDB.

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