A darkly comic film about a man who is convinced he should be a famous comedian and will stop at nothing to be one, short of actually working as a comedian. This film is often cited as an underappreciated gem in Scorsese's portfolio, though I personally found it more flawed than its fans seem to think it.
Foremost, to me at least, was De Niro's portrayal of the main character. Something about him was utterly repellent and unlikable, and I…
Pryor and Candy put in great comedic performances in this clever and fun 80s comedy. The story itself treads an odd tightrope, simultaneously seeming to both decry and glorify conspicuous consumption. In the end, it seems to say, "you see? Getting back to nothing helps you root yourself and see what you really value!" But then it also ends by (spoiler alert) Monty increasing his wealth 10-fold. THANK GOODNESS!
Without getting too political/judgemental about 80s values, though, it's a lot of fun to watch. Also, speaking of politics, Monty's decision to get into politics is amazingly timely, considering Trump's current run for office.
Even without having ever read the comic, I somehow feel that I can assure any fan that this is the best adaptation they will ever hope to see. The action is great, the conceit is superb, and it doesn't try to put on airs or be something it isn't. It's just a great action film, with some great characters.
Removed a star because, let's face it, that helmet is just a tad too big for Urban's head. That or his…