Let’s just get this part out of the way. I have not seen the original 1968 version. Calm down! Calm down. I know it’s a crime, but I haven’t had that film in my hands to sit down and watch. In due time, in due time.
But what I have seen is the 2005 musical version with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. And Uma Thurman. And Will Ferrell. Was it worth it? Yes. Was it brilliant? Considering the 1968 version won the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), yes. Was it phenomenal? That question sounds a lot like the last one, so…yes. Was it catchy? YES! I watched this movie, again, the other night in the company of a beautiful woman and I couldn’t help but sing along for most of the 134 minutes. You may be thinking to yourself, “Dude! You had a hot babe sittin’ next to you and you sang to a musical instead of hittin’ dat?” First of all fictitious reader whom* I just made up, you have terrible grammar. Second of all, I’m not that kind of guy. Third of all, I have a moderate-to-slightly-above-average singing voice and she said she enjoyed my vocal abilities. (Although she could have been rolling her eyes the entire time, there’s no way to know.) So in your face!
Okay, let me lay out a few cautions about this movie. It was written in the 1960’s by MEL BROOKS (yes, his name deserved to be both bolded and capitalized). It then turned to broadway, then again turning back to the movies. So, needless to say the humor is old school. There’s no doubt that MEL BROOKS is a comedy legend, but there are doubts that his humor can still stand strong in today’s world. There are people who can respect his old ways, then there are people who still find his ways f-ing hilarious. (Dangit, I need to put another quarter in the acronym swear jar!) I am one of those people. She may have not laughed as hard as I did to the Elizabeth Hitler jokes, but not everybody has my warped and broad sense of humor. I mean, seriously. Did you not just read these last two paragraphs? My sense of humor isn’t commonly found in nature.
“Here we see Pointhalf’s sense of humor in its natural habitat, sitting in front of the TV. Oh, he’s pressing play on the Blu-ray player. What is he watching today? Amazing! It’s Kung Pow: Enter the Fist! Wait…is he streaming episodes of Community on his cell phone simultaneously? Wait again…is he streaming kitten videos on his iPad? Wow, he is truly a rare one in the wild.” Yeah, that there that you just read? I narrated that myself. But go back and re-read it with an Australian accent. Makes me sound smarter.
Back to reality, the songs are wonderful. The movie is spectacular. The ratings are not all there, but I’ve already explained to you why that may be. Uma Thurman is stunning when she’s all made up like that. And Will Ferrell adds the perfect amount of absurd to make this movie do a full circle around you. But no worries my friends, it’s not going to devour you. The Producers will only entertain.
*Whom? Who? Did I even use that asterisk right? Too late. It’s right now.