Trading Places ★★★★

Aykroyd and Murphy star in a film with an interesting setup leads to some high-concept comedy.

The film manages to bring the 80’s setting alive with capitalist sentimentality and decadent lifestyles.

When in tries to become too emotive, and somewhat moralising, it comes off as a little simplistic and unconvincing. This is especially evident through the character arcs. Thankfully the film chooses to not focus on this theme too closely and mines its comedic angle.

The film doesn’t quite make the most out of its high concept, but all the small touches help, and a payoff that includes financial revenge and an ape

The Reverence: Frank Oz, the “Yeah!” guy, naked dancing are beaten by a climax on the subway that contains a dress-up party.