Sometimes it’s okay to not take a film seriously. This is notably true in B-movies. They are so bad, it is nearly impossible to help but love the way the production was handled. And 1966’s “Batman” is one of those movies that you just want to hate, but eventually adore it. It’s campy, it’s silly, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. Yet the quality of the film might turn off some viewers who are not into this sort of material. But everything aside, “Batman” may not have the serious overtones of the newer films, it still is very enjoyable.
The plot of the movie revolves around the 1960s TV series of the same name. Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward respectively), must stop their most dastardly villains: The Penguin, The Riddler, The Joker, and Catwoman. These super criminals plan on going to the United Nations building and capture some of the world’s most poignant leaders. It’s up to our heroes to stop the bad guys from initiating their plan into action.
“Batman” is one of those movies where you have to be in a good mood or have prior knowledge of what’s going on. This is one of those films that have the distinct title of so bad it’s-good because it’s so cheesy you like and dislike it at the same time. For instance, Batman is carrying a bomb at a pier and can’t get rid of it, when he says the greatest line in the film, “Someday’s you just can’t get rid of a bomb!” You can’t top that! I really enjoy this film so much, that there’s only one problem I had while watching it.
The only flaw I had with the movie is that the film’s camp factor pushes itself a little too much. I mean, we get the point in that the movie is trying to be bad, the filmmakers overuse it a bit too much. That being said, the film is not that bad.
Overall, “Batman” is meant to be a comedy. It may not have the serious dark nature of the 90s Batman movies, or even the psychological aspects of the Christopher Nolan adaptations, it’s supposed to be fun and enjoyable. If you are looking for something that’s odd and bizarre, then give this film a go. It will be an experience you will never forget.