Reviewed Jul 20, 2012
Movie Vigilante’s review:
Half reunion movie, half biopic, 100% Batastic!
I was really surprised by this. Rarely do TV reunion movies manage to recapture the magic of its television roots, especially nearly forty years later. However, this proves to be the exception, thanks in large part to the great chemistry and comraderie of Adam West and Burt Ward. Even after all these years, they still make a great team.
What helps this movie is the way the story is told. The script is written so that fact and fiction are intertwined. The plot involves Adam and Burt as their older selves, going in search of the thief who stole the Batmobile. As they drive across the country, they begin to reminisce about their old TV series , co-stars, and personal events in their lives. This is done by casting younger versions of both actors and depicting them back in 1966. Throughout the film, action switches back and forth between present-day fiction and in-the-past fact.
The recreated scenes from the old TV series are really well done and the look-alike actors are decent. However, I mostly enjoyed watching the modern day Adam and Burt, trying to solve the mystery, giving chase and brawling, all in there civilian clothes.
It was great to see Julie Newmar and Frank Gorshin as The Riddler make appearances also.
To the Batmobile, Robin!