Well, instead of a guard dog they’ve got this bloody great big Bengal tiger.
You can be as snobby as you want but this is as 5-star a movie as 5-star movies get. Looks unlike anything you’ve seen before, hits you with several emotional sucker punches, and is just an utter joy from start to finish.
The Stan Lee cameo floored me, it’s one of the most note-perfect 30 seconds ever committed to film.
Trivia: I was deeply sceptical of this film throughout its development and even after the first trailer, because I’m an idiot.
I genuinely, non-ironically hated everything about this film from start to finish. Half the actors can’t sing, the other half can’t act, the story is lazy, the characters are all cliches, and setting it in a beautiful location should not be seen as a replacement for a decent DP. Oh and someone tell Brosnan to pick an accent and stick with it.
I loathed this film and I’m annoyed just thinking about it now.
Trivia: This film was successful because people are idiots.
So good, problematic elements in these more enlightened times crop up admittedly but not in a film-ruining way. The soundtrack’s still on point, the jokes still land, the stunt work still impresses, and Charlie Croker is still who I want to be when I grow up. Throw in that poster, a perfect ending and Noël Coward being brilliant every time he’s on screen and yes, this is a film I will watch again and again.
Trivia: ‘Get the wheels in line!’ is a better quote for a Caine impression than that other one