Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Tim Burton directs Paul Reubens, EG Daily and Diane Salinger in this road movie where single minded man boy Pee-wee Herman crosses America searching for his stolen bicycle.

A sweet, naive treat. A children’s film for adults – this has bags of confidence. The comedy comes from the lack of blinking or winking no matter how strange or goofy it gets. Reubens is fully committed to the bit, Burton keeps things visually exciting even as a gun-for-hire. Stop motion, carnival colour schemes and Corman-esque horror jut into the subject and the director’s shared love of Eisenhower-era kitsch. Will happily watch the sequels at some point.


Perfect Double Bill: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

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