Thanks again to Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Sean of SeanMunger.com We will be reviewing our favorite Nautical Films.
“Loosely defined as anything taking place in, on or under the sea or heavily involving the sea.
Representative examples might include stuff like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Hunt For Red October, The Enemy Below, Damn the Defiant!, Cast Away, that sort of thing.”
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sean!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Numerous times on cable in the 80, Video, DVD, 16 Mar 2009 and 30 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Three silent movie cowboys are hired to save a village in Mexico from a menacing gang of bandits
My Take on it – My first choice for this month’s Genre Grandeur is a bit out of the box because it isn’t really a straight western per se, but actually a spoof of the genre of Westerns where gunmen are hired to defend a small village being terrorized by bandits.
John Landis does an amazing job spoofing the genre and the casting of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short is perfect.
Each of them are experts in different styles of comedy and the merging of all three helps their performances compliment one another.
The idea to merge the emerging era of film and real danger works so well because there are even now people who believe everything they see on the screen is real.
I love the humorous dialogue and situations that the characters are placed in and some of the interactions between the characters are so classic; my friends and I use to quote this movie over and over because the dialogue is so hilariously funny.
If you’ve never seen this, you should definitely give it a look.
Bottom Line – Hilarious western that does an amazing job spoofing films about saviors of small towns. The three leads are great together because each has their own style of comedy so they help compliment one another. The merging of film and real life danger works extremely well here and the result is near perfect. Such a classic Landis film! Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In his memoir, Life Itself, film critic Roger Ebert recounted appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) alongside Chevy Chase who was promoting the film. During the interview, Ebert was asked what his least favorite film of the holiday season was, he replied ¡Three Amigos!. Chase said “looking forward to *your* next picture” but later confided with Ebert backstage that he didn’t “think it’s so hot, either.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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