Wow, how do I begin to describe this movie? It's a sort of tribute to and send-up of super hero movies with slapstick comedy and musical numbers thrown in for good measure. I remember seeing this for the first time on television in the 1980s and thinking to myself what on earth is going on here?
Alan Arkin is Captain Invincible - once a great American hero but now an outcast drunken bum after being betrayed by the country he was sworn to protect. His drink problem has become so bad he does not even realise that he is now living in Australia! Christopher Lee (who else?) is Mr Evil Midnight, Captain Invincible's arch enemy. When Midnight hatches a plot to steal a military hypno-ray and create his own perfect society it's time for the US Government to try and track down the Captain and ask him to save the world one more time.
There are some memorable scenes in this movie - the scenes where Captain Invincible has to learn how to fly again and when his "amazing computer brain" gets stuck and he starts talking like Joe Pasquale in overdrive, for instance.
Musical highlights include the songs "The Good Guys and The Bad Guys", sung by Alan Arkin, and the totally amazing "Name Your Poison" sung by Christopher Lee. The latter was composed by Richard O'Brien and this for me is the highlight of the whole film. Christopher Lee's performance of this song, where he tempts the poor Captain with an assortment of cocktails and other alcoholic drinks, is one of the funniest and most bizarre scenes of any film ever. This film is worth watching just for this scene alone. Look out for Chris Lee's Max Schreck/Nosferatu pose near the end of this song!
There are not many extras on this DVD version but if you love the film or wish to discover an often overlooked cult classic then this is an essential purchase.