Genre Guesstimation – The Mouse on the Moon (1963)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Allie of Often Off Topic and we will be reviewing our favorite British Comedies

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of April by sending them to funnyallie@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Allie!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of British Comedies.

“Peace. Prosperity. Plumbing.” – Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The people of Grand Fenwick are once again in an economic crisis, so their leaders decide to join the space race in the hopes of receiving reparations from both the US and Russia so that they can fix the state of the plumbing in their country.  Once again, things don’t go as planned.

My Take on it – After rewatch The Mouse That Roared (1959), I was quite intrigued to see if the sequel made 4 years afterward would be able to find a way to be as funny and clever as its predecessor.

Unfortunately it does not.

This is a lackluster carbon copy of the original film and it fails to bring anything new or innovative to the premise previous used just a few short years beforehand.

Unfortunately, Peter Sellers doesn’t return in this sequel and this film suffers because of it.

He was the backbone of the previous installment and was able to play numerous roles that were all hilarious in all that they did.

He is sorely missed here because the replacement actors just aren’t as funny.

They present the premise of this movie in a way that fails to find a way to stay funny which is such a shame.

I was quite disappointed by all this since they do utilize a very timely idea for when it was made yet they fail much more often than succeed when trying to give us a fun film.

Bottom Line – Lackluster sequel that seems too much like a carbon copy of the original that it gets tiresome quite quickly.  Sellers is sorely missed in the lead role(s) and this film suffers for it.  The premise is presented in a way that it fails to evoke enough comic situations as the previous film did.  This is all quite unfortunate since this film uses a very timely idea which has its moments, yet fails more often than succeeds along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although other characters from the earlier film appear (PM Rupert Mountjoy and his opposition leader Benter) David Kossoff, who played Kokintz, was the only principal cast member of The Mouse That Roared (1959) who returned to play the same role in this sequel. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. Lackluster sequel that fails to be as clever and unique as the original film.  Sellers is sorely missed here.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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