Dragnet- May 3rd

Dragnet (1987)
English- Police Comedy
Rated- “PG-13”
dir. Tom Mankiewicz

Ah yes, we now come to the old equation of Dan Akroyd in a fedora= funny.  This is multiplied by how deadpan he acts throughout the movie.  Add in a re-purposed intellectual property, and you have a very strong formula for comedy.

Now, Tom Hanks usually acts in more hybrid roles, usually incorporating a more dramatic aspect.  In this case, however, his acting feels freer and more naturally funny.

Story/Writing: 1/2

Not necessarily important in a vehicle like this one, but it isn’t bad.  Creative when it needs to be, plotwise, the individual scenes are more critical in this flick.

Acting: 1.5/2

The principles are really good, with Akroyd and Hanks providing a lot of the talent.  It’s too bad that they overshadow the other players somewhat.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Pretty cool sets that serve their purpose well, as does the photography.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Again, it does what it needs to do and not much more.

Misc: 1.5/2

A fantastic 80’s comedy starring some of the best comedic talent.  Also stars Harry Morgan as the Captain.  For those of you who may be too young, he was Officer Bill Gannon in the popular version of the television series.


If any of this review has piqued your interest, I highly recommend giving it a look.

About svolkmer

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