Every Friday I recommend an entertaining, slow-paced movie from no later than 1985 to help you unwind at the end of the week in our fast-paced world.
This week’s recommendation is 1985’s “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” starring Paul Reubens and directed by Tim Burton in his feature film debut. It’s also Burton’s first collaboration with his go-to composer Danny Elfman—and the great Phil Hartman is one of the writers!
It’s the perfect movie to catch accidentally on TV, so you might as well catch it on purpose without commercials.
At first glance, this is a kids’ movie, but “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” is definitely something all its own.
There’s really not much I can say about this one. You’ll just have to experience it. For those who are still reading this article, I’ll come up with some things to say. “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” is hilarious. The whole thing is incredibly clever. It weaves in and out of our world and someplace else with solid colors (Burton is just as Burton during the day and night scenes), odd, abstract scenery, colorful characters and unexpected turns, and it rarely loses its energy. The pacing is quick but relishes each moment. It doesn’t need real villains or even much of a story, yet it still somehow feels whole and with a purpose.
The bottom line is that it keeps you interested because it’s just a fun movie. It actually tries to be more than what you’d anticipate, and it certainly succeeds.
It makes for a wonderful movie night. Plus it makes “Batman Returns” cooler than it is already.
After all that, if you still need something retro to satisfy your movie appetite until next week, check out my previous recommendations:
Let me know what you think of this week’s recommendation and stay tuned!
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