For March 2nd- UHF

So UHF  is the first movie on the new schedule to come down the chute.  I had seen bits and pieces of it once when I was a kid.  It was one of those movies you sort of half remember seeing on TV, not knowing the title until years later.

“Zany” style comedies are a very risky style of movie, one of the reasons that there aren’t very many of them.  They can fall prey to many things, such as lack of talent or budget, or perhaps bad writing.  UHF does seem to struggle with some of these issues, but I think that it ultimately wins out.  If you aren’t familiar with “Weird Al” Yankovic’s brand of zany humor, this probably isn’t for you.  For those of you who are fans, you’ll have a lot to laugh at.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

The story is lacking somewhat in any kind of arc structure, opting more for sketch-style setups.  The writing from scene to scene is pretty funny, though, and definitely quick-witted

Acting: 1.5/2

All of the roles are nicely over the top, adding to the wackiness.  The one problem this presents is that it highlights the actors who may not have the same comedic velocity.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Neat little sets that help set the real world apart from the more parodic daydreams of the main character.  The photography is nothing to talk about.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Good enough to be passing, but certainly shows the overall production value of the movie itself.  The one thing the special effects do add is an air of cheapness that does fit the plot.

Misc: 1.5/2

A neat little comedy that can keep open-minded comedy lovers entertained.

VERDICT: 7/10

Good for those who like absurdist or wacky comedies.  Lots of really funny movie references for the film nerds.  Also will keep “Weird Al” fans glued to the screen.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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