For March 26th- Stir Crazy

I know that Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor were a great comedy duo of their time.  The only other movie I have seen with this pairing is See No Evil, Hear No Evil which, after looking online, is apparently the worst of the bunch.

Basically, the movie is a comedy vehicle for the two actors, in the vein of buddy cop movies like Lethal Weapon.  Where it changes this recipe is in the situations that the characters are placed in.  instead of having to save the world or local metropolis, the protagonists are mostly just concerned with saving themselves.I think that this provides more flexibility in the overall plot.

Story/Writing: 1/2

The story isn’t Oscar-quality, but who cares?  Harry and Skip, the characters played by Pryor and Wilder, keep getting into bad situation after bad situation, but the ride is fun for the audience.

Acting: 2/2

Pryor and Wilder are a stupendous comedic pair.   With direction by Sidney Poitier, the whole ensemble helps support the duo’s performances.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Standard comedy photography, with fairly standard wacky comedy sets.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Again, all fairly standard, but since it isn’t really the focus in any way, it’s very difficult to screw up.

Misc: 1.5/2

Pretty great for just a random comedy flick.

VERDICT 7.5/10

Great for a night with friends, especially if they are fans of anyone involved with this movie.


About svolkmer

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