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After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.
The Producers isn't the best film made. Not even close. Not the best musical, not the best Broadway-to-film adaptation. Not nearly the best Mel Brooks movie. It bombed at the box office and got some pretty bad reviews. It has parts that drag on and some of the songs are boring as all hell. It doesn't hold a candle to the 1968 original.
But, for reasons I can’t put words too, I love it. So much! And I don’t know why. I saw it on a whim in a full theater, maybe that did it. There’s a real difference between watching a film alone at home and with sharing with a room full of people. The jokes are funnier, the…
This was still somewhat fun on a re-watch, but not everything worked for me. Broderick was terrible as Bloom (I believe he was a lot better in the actual musical), the acting itself was too slapstick-ey, the puns and other humor was very hit or miss as well, with a runtime with over 2 hours it was way too long, and most importantly for a musical comedy the songs were very uneven. Strange enough, I thought Will Ferrell was hilarious.
It's just not good... There isn't much else to say. As much as I would love to NOT be one of those people to say "stick with the original" I feel like in this case it's kind of a given. Mel Brooks had a hand in this film and there are moments where his greatness shines bright through the overbearing mediocrity. I am not a HUGE fan of the original or musicals in general, but this one got a lot of the musical scenes down decently enough. I found that I was having fun and tapping my toe one minute and being frustrated and bored the next. Nathan Lane no matter what…
This film somehow makes Will Ferrell very unfunny, and Uma Thurman rather un-sexy.
It also happens to be one of the most ageist, misogynistic, homophobic and outright offensive excuses for a film I've ever seen.
This film is Satan's spawn. Complete crap from beginning to end.
I've now seen three different versions of this (if you include the series of Curb, in which Larry David gets the role of Max Bialystock, which of course I do), and I have to say that this was probably the weakest, although I guess that's probably not really a surprise.
It's not necessarily bad though, for the most part. It gave quite a few laughs, mostly from Nathan Lane as one of the titular producers, and the song and dance routines were all very well done, even if a couple of them did go on a tad too long.
The main issue was with Matthew Broderick, really. He was wooden, uncharismatic, and generally pretty terrible, and considering this is an…
Direction from Brooks's Broadway colleague means lots of inert, non-cinematic set-ups, i.e. frontality, with whoever is screaming placed in the center of the frame. Never much cared for the show - it's too de-clawed to nudge the system effectively - artistry is an occupational hazard, ah ha - and updating the cast with Will Ferrell in a pivotal role helps matters none. Thurman retains her dignity. Obviously Broderick and Lane do their thing.
Worst Movie ever!
It has some funny moments and catchy musical numbers but every scene goes on way too long and it feels a little bland. I wish I knew this was a remake before hand as I'm sure Gene Wilder would have been much less annoying in the role of Leo Bloom than Matthew Broderick.
Beyond terrible. I really wanted to like this, and there are bits where I throughly enjoyed it to the point where I thought I had changed my mind about this film. But there's more bad than good and the bad, is really bad.
Nathan Lane and Will Ferrell are acceptable. Uma Thurman I thought was great. This and Pulp Fiction were the only films of her where I've enjoyed her. She's stunning in this but the real disaster is Matthew Broderick. I actually don't mind Matthew Broderick but his acting here is amongst the worst I've seen. His mannerisms, his face, his overacting... its terrible, and it really affects the film.
It's Mel Brooks and the fantastic four. A must watch.
The modern production of Mel Brooks' '68 film and '01 Broadway musical. Movie to musical to movie, about a musical -- he's pretty serious, huh? Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick star, and Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell are among the support. The story's mixed (occasionally unfunny, like the leads' slapfighting; but occasionally very funny, like the "Keep It Gay" craziness) and the theatricality doesn't work (very yelly and in-your-face… charming on the stage, but very unbelonging on screen, where I guess it was supposed to eventually be charmingly unbelonging, but never achieves the charm it wants).
All the performers are very game and do some wonderful work. Some of their instincts should have led them to lower the volume, but…
You can tell that "The Producers" is probably a wonderful show on the stage but, on film, it's really uneven and even a bit annoying. The whole cast tries their hardest, but it remains an awkward experience from beginning to end. None of the musical numbers stuck out, and the jokes didn't flow naturally.
Half a star for the "Keep it Gay" number, which was legitimately funny. The rest fell flat.
Shamelessly ripped off from Adam Cook's list. 100 films that aren't necessarily bad, but which I hate. With a passion.
I bet this already exists (if so, comment please), but thought it'd be fun to see a list of all…