Blazing Saddles

July 17, 2010

One line review: The only live action Looney Tunes movie I ever want to see; this is my favorite Mel Brooks movie.

Movie Title: Blazing Saddles

Actors: Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens

Director: Mel Brooks

Year: 1974

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 89% – It’s a crazed grabbag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I thought Young Frankenstein was okay, but occasionally annoying. I thought Spaceballs was too frantic and crazy for my preference. However, this movie struck a perfect balance with my funny bone. It felt like I was watching Bugs Bunny running around, and I was more than willing to accept the frantic nature of the film. There also seemed to be more of a driving force, even a plot in this movie than in something like Spaceballs. My favorite parts are the parts most like a cartoon, especially when the movie just drops all pretense and throws in cartoonish sound effects. Fantastic!


Young Frankenstein

October 12, 2009

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One line review: A shotgun humor style that doesn’t always hit

Movie Title: Young Frankenstein

Actors: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars

Director: Mel Brooks

Year: 1974

Genre: Comedy / SciFi

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% – Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.

My rating: *** – A Great Movie, but not worthy of it’s Legendary status.

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):
Young Frankenstein is a movie that keeps hitting with one joke after another, whether it be a pun, silly moment, running gag, ridiculous looking visual, what have you. The problem with this method of comedy is that it’s hit and miss. When it hits, it’s hilarious and feels like one of the best movies of all time. When it misses, it feels like it’s trying too hard. Perhaps giving this movie only three stars is just a personal opinion, or maybe this movie is showing it’s age, but I really feel that this movie is not worthy of it’s Legendary status.

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