Past Entertainment Articles.
Article for the week of 7/4/06
Holy Special Edition, Batman: The
By, Cozmic (the OTHER Penguin)
Some might consider it odd that we here at RPP review a movie released
40 years ago, but we always strive to... oh, who am I kidding, there were
no good CD's out recently for me to review, and Superman returns or other
movies that look interesting have not premièred over here. So thus,
in my vein of reviewing Batman movies, ladies and gentlemen, and adventure-lovers
everywhere that fit in to neither of those categories: Batman: the Movie:
Now, before you watch this movie, there are some things you need to remember.
That Batman is absolutely insanely cool.. in most incarnations in the
last 20 years. Other than that, you are all set to go!
A lot of this movie can be explained by simply summing up one scene in
the movie, which brings us perfectly into the plot. Batman has just narrowly
avoided death by exploding, leg-eating shark, due to the shark-repellent
Bat-spray. And thus begins the detective work of our noble hero Batman
(Adam West), and his sidekick Robin(Burt Ward).
Batman: Pretty *fishy* what happened to me on that ladder...
Commissioner Gordon: You mean where there's a fish there could be a penguin?
Robin: But wait! It happened at sea... Sea. C for Catwoman!
Batman: Yet, an exploding shark *was* pulling my leg...
Commissioner Gordon: The Joker!
Chief O'Hara: All adds up to a sinister riddle... Riddle-R. Riddler!
Commissioner Gordon: A thought strikes me... So dreadful I scarcely dare
give it utterance...
Batman: The four of them... Their forces combined...
Robin: Holy nightmare!
And there you have it. The Penguin(Burgess Meredith), Catwoman(Lee Meriwether),
The Joker (Cesar Romero) and the Riddler(Frank Gorshin) have combined
forces to some sinister plot nobody but the world's greatest detective
can stop. And if you doubt Batman's brains, this movie is bound to prove
to you that he is the smartest man alive. He does seem to have some small
problems with recognizing faces, however. But that is all I have to say
about that. Instead, I can go on to pick on the details of the movie,
such as the costumes. So Adam West has a beer gut and nylon clothing.
Two things that should not be combined, no matter how hilarious it is.
The same goes for Robin's tights and frighteningly small shorts, and the
less said about the Riddler, the better. The all-too-clearly labelled
gadgets are all the better in that case. Such as the aforementioned Bat-spray
or the Batmobile. You know, that thing that has that pimptastic look that
makes every other Batmobile run crying off. In tears of laughter. Anyone
trying to take this movie seriously would either be from the 60's or downright
weird. It's bizarre, and does in no way manage to portray Batman as the
cool crimefighter he is, while also having some of the funniest scenes
in a superhero movie (and yes, I am aware Batman has no superpowers).
The acting is over the top, the plot is hilarious, the moral pointers
corny, and the effects.. my god, the effects! They hit you in the face
with a mighty “POW”! Or a “thwack”, “zonk”, “bang” or other such things.
And the fight choreographer was on vacation, I am guessing.
Now no Special Edition would be complete without special features, and
here we get a still gallery from Adam West, the trailer for the movie,
a look at the Batmobile, and a commentary by Burt Ward and Adam West that
is guaranteed to get a few chuckles, considering it was recorded decades
later. All in all, holy two thumbs up Batman! This is a bat-tastic movie
and is a perfect way to see just how differently the Batman character
can be interpreted.