The circumstances are funnier than the man, and he is certainly not an auteur. Legendary comedians directed, produced and wrote their own stories and characters. Fields is no case, but he emanates presence and the humor provided to him here is more effective thanks to how he handled the material. It's basically a two-episode show where the second acts actually delivers what the plot synopsis promises, but there are genuinely funny moments here that are particularly present in subsequent cartoons…
And so, this seems to be the first appearance of W.C. Fields on celluloid, and my take is slightly skeptical. Unlike my more preferred "passive" slapstick comedians which comedic value is circumstancially dependent (hence, shaping their environments surrounding them into magnificent displays of gags), this guy, who is respected for a reason I hope to discover soon, leans towards the often uncalled violent behavior of The Three Stooges that, maybe for a reason of suspension of disbelief, was meant to…
WARNING. The following movie has:
1) 237 minutes in length
2) The movie title appearing after one hour of running time
3) A drag
7) Genital gore
10) A "Virgin Mary"
12) Ass-kicking female teens
13) Psychotic menopausal bitches
14) Pornographic furniture
15) A Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori (1972) tribute with a pinky film spoof character called "Miss Scorpion"
Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that:
- He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark.
- He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course.…