This is my fifth Netflix review of the week, and it shall be by far the strangest yet. I truly found something special this week when I discovered that the Batman film starring Adam West and Burt Ward that came out all the way back in 1966 had found it's way onto Netflix. (If only the TV show had done the same thing). I've got to say, it was some fun to watch.
We see so many superhero films nowadays, and the budgets associated with them are quite massive. This film takes you back to a simpler time, when the budgets were... smaller, to say the least. Let's begin shall we?
The opening scene shows us Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and his young ward, Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) rushing home to Wayne Manor to get changed into costume as the Dynamic Duo Batman and Robin, after finding out that a large ship has been taken hostage in the ocean near Gotham City. The opening sequence sets the tone for the film, with everything being labelled (including Bat ladder and Shark Repellent spray) as well as characters like the Joker being shown as... something a little different to Heath Ledger or Jared Leto.
It isn't long before Batman and Robin, after a serious thinking session with Police Chief Gordon, realise that the best way to figure out which super criminal stole the boat is to check the computer to see which ones are loose at that moment. When they do, they realise an unholy alliance has been formed between four of Gotham's most deadly criminals: The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman and The Riddler. It soon becomes apparent that Batman and Robin will have to go all out to catch the team. What ensues is a series of mishaps and action sequences you simply cannot help but enjoy. From the plans hatched by the villains, to the noises which pop up on the screen during the fighting.
This film has it all. It's a look back to the simpler times of superheroes, when the stars were:
Now I know what you're thinking, what's the point of being masked crime fighters? Well it honestly doesn't seem like there is one sometimes, except for those epic moments where you need the cape billowing behind you...
Yeah, sorry I just have a lot of great gifs from this one. Anyway, I would honestly recommend it, especially to fans of superheroes, because let's face it, you kind of love seeing how different it used to be. The film is actually meant to be a comedy... I think, and that's what makes it so great, that they actually did all of these ridiculous things on purpose. The serious nature of films like The Dark Knight trilogy will really make this film seem ludicrous in your eyes, but that's the point of it. Honestly, this may be my favourite Netflix review film yet, because I just couldn't stop laughing. I actually did cry at one point, and you can see why if you look through a few of these quotes from it here, they don't really contain many spoilers from the film. One of my personal favourites?
Anyway, this really is a great film to watch, it seems like they had a lot of fun making it and I really had a lot of fun watching it, and isn't that what watching a film is really about? Enjoying yourself watching it?
I'll leave you with this. Keep an eye out for Netflix Reviews every Monday.