Monday, April 28, 2014

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Four supervillans team up to take over the world. Their objective is to dehydrate world leaders at the United World Building then extort for their return: one billion dollars!

Wow, this was terrible. I grew up with the series and saw this movie at one point, but I really found this a chore to sit through. Yea, you are supposed to laugh at the stupidity (the plastic shark attack, the bomb scene, the lousy acting, the absurd plot, cheesy costumes, the works) but there is only so much I can take. Was there an actor who moved less like an action hero than Adam West?

The movie was supposed to precede the series as its introduction, but when the TV show was moved up, they delayed the film until after the first season. Recorded off of TV Land, this sat on my DVR for almost two months before I got the courage up to watch it. The host, Svengoolie, said the film was edited for length to run in the allotted two hour slot. The original 105 minutes would have only left 15 for commercials and terrible jokes. Thank god for small favors, I don't think I could have watched much more of this.

Here is a movie that cannot have EWW done on it. The video would be longer than the film. The story and dialog was a constant stream of absurdities. You do not buy into the plot, even for a moment. It's as if the filmmakers looked at every scene and asked "is it stupid enough?"

If you embrace it's campy appeal then you will disagree with me. I'm good with that. But would I have considered watching this had I known how bad it was? Nope. AMRU 2.
"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb"

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